Seeing as my coworker posted a lovely article about 10 reasons she’s glad to be a skier, I thought it would only make sense to post the 10 reasons Snowboarding is better than skiing. Of course picking only 10 was tough, but for the sake of this article I figured I could narrow it down.

  1.  The boots – Ski boots are the worst. Even skiers will tell you that. Snowboard boots? They’re really nothing more than an over built shoe with extra support, cushioning, and warmth. Call me crazy, but I guess I’m just a fan of walking down stairs at a normal pace without clutching the railing for dear life.

    These just don't look comfortable.

    These just don’t look comfortable.

  2.  Cheaper gear – Reason number two why Snowboarding is better than skiing. Lift tickets aren’t cheap for anyone, but at least our gear is a little less expensive. A beginner can get into a new ski setup for $500-$600 at best, where on the snowboard side you can get out for $300-$400.
  3.  Harder to learn, but easier to get good at – It’s tough to deny that the first day or so of snowboarding can be rough, especially without a lesson. However, there is sun behind those clouds and many feel that while tougher to begin with, it’s actually easier to progress and become a “good” snowboarder than it is a “good” skier. Snowboarding eventually just “clicks”, and then you’re rewarded with a lifetime of not being a skier.
  4.  No yard sales – After a big spill, nothing diminishes your dignity even more than having to collect or chase after all your gear. Snowboarding is better than skiings because as a snowboarder, I don’t have to worry about that. All I have to do is get up, brush myself off, and carry on. Sure the fall probably didn’t look graceful, but nothing is sadder than watching the poor guy who just somersaulted twice trying to figure out how to retrieve one of his poles 30 yards up hill and his other ski 30 yards downhill.

    Don't be this guy. Even this guy doesn't want to be this guy.

    Don’t be this guy. Even this guy doesn’t want to be this guy.

  5.  Less gear to keep track of – On the rare occasion I’m jealous of poles (usually on cat tracks) but for the most part they seem like just one more thing to have to carry around. Another thing to juggle, another thing to lose, another thing to get stuck in the chair as you’re trying to get off. Think I’m exaggerating? Count the number of poles left outside of the lodge at the end of the night, or the amount of poles below a long lift.
  6.  I can mount my own bindings – Technically, I could mount a ski binding as well, but only because I’ve been certified and have access to tools for testing release settings. Any idiot can mount a snowboard binding because all it takes is the ability to use a screwdriver. Sure you can play with angles and width, but you aren’t taking your life into your own hands by doing it yourself.
  7.  Better on your knees – Snowboarding is better than skiing because skiing can be pretty rough on your knees. Since you aren’t connected to the same surface area, injuries due to twisting falls can occur. During my years in the shop I’d meet a decent amount older people switching to snowboarding from skiing because their knees couldn’t take it anymore.
  8.  Keeps you warmer – Maybe it’s because we’re working harder, or maybe it’s due to the movements being more exaggerated but snowboarding does seem to warm up the body a bit more than skiing. It’s also been proven to burn more calories. You rarely hear a snowboarder complaining about cold feet. Although, for more on that review #1.
  9.  Easier to take a rest – Go ahead; make your jokes about snowboarders getting in the way sitting on the hill, but I think you’re just jealous. Pulling over to pop a squat because you need a quick break is a heck of a lot easier and more comfortable as a snowboarder. On skis, sure you can position yourself parallel to the hill and flop on your side, but it’s more effort to get back up than even worth. You’re better off waiting until you get back on the chair.
  10.  It’s just cooler – Call it public perception or call it reality, but snowboarding has always had a “cool” vibe to it. Twin tippers have made a good run at it, but tall tee’s can only get you so far. Snowboarding as a discipline may be maturing, but when it comes down to it we’ll never be able to pull a “daffy”, and that just might be what makes us cooler.

    Look at how cool snowboarding is. Photo Credit: Ron Pate Photography

    Look at how cool snowboarding is.
    Photo Credit: Ron Pate Photography

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