I started skiing when I was a kid and went once/year until college. After that, I went periodically, but not a ton. I tried snowboarding for 3 days at 17 and had the typical “fell a ton and hated it” experience. I picked up a snowboard again in my mid twenties and have ridden ever since. I wouldn’t say I’m an awesome snowboarder, but I can ride pretty much anything on a resort or that you can hike to at a resort. I can certainly say that snowboarding is one of my favorite things in the world to do.
Beck started skiing at 3 (that was a mistake in hindsight) and I put on skis for 5 days this year to ski with him. It was a ton of fun and I could surprisingly ski everything lift accessed at the resort. I skied 52 Trees, which is one of the steepest runs in CO and didn’t look good, but got down it proficiently without scraping sideways too much.
There’s a hilariously running debate about which sport is better. I think there’s a place for both. I read somewhere that “skiing is the most efficient way to get around a mountain, but nothing beats snowboarding in powder.” That pretty much sums it up. I was shocked at how much better I could help Beck around and go uphill on skis – it’s night and day vs a snowboard. Moguls are meant for skis, without question. Riding moguls is just a chore.
I’m really happy that I picked up skis again and I’ll definitely continue to ski. When there’s not fresh pow to be found, skiing is better. When there’s powder, though, I’ll always grab a board.