Seeing as my coworker posted a lovely blog 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.


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.

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.

Harder to Learn, but Easier to Master

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.

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 skiing 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

    15 Comments on 10 Reasons Snowboarding is Better than Skiing

    1. ballerz
      February 16, 2016 at 11:31 am (5 years ago)

      dude this page is awesome.

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      • geraffi
        April 11, 2018 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

        I’ll give you the equipment debate. As a skier i’m definitely jealous of your soft, warm boots. I’ll even agree it’s ‘easier on your knees’, although I wouldn’t really know because I’ve never tried snowboarding. But that’s where I’ll stop. There is nothing cool about a pack of boarders littering the slopes taking a “rest”. I get it, cat tracks are probably exhausting, but at least get off to the side of the slope! Theres nothing that I find more annoying or disrespectful (in the lacking awareness of others around you sense). I also don’t think it looks cool when snowboarders slide down steep trails on their back edge, the WHOLE way down, essentially scraping away the entire top layer of snow. And in the mogul fields, it’s not much better; scraaaape, scraaape, sCraAaapeE! Sorry, but skiing is better!

        https://blog.skis.com/10-reasons-skiing-is-better-than-snowboarding/

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        • Tom
          May 20, 2019 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

          The sitting down in the middle of the slope part, I can see why thats annoying, I always move to the side of the slope if I need to do that. As for only going down on the back edge, its only beginners who do that, everyone has to start somewhere and its difficult on a board so cut them some slack

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      • skiii
        January 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

        SKIING IS BETTER

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    2. David Chukhriy
      December 20, 2018 at 8:42 pm (2 years ago)

      sorry, snowboarding is still better, and we get the “cool” looks. “Oh, look and at that guy. Hes a skier, just like three quorter of the world. Ohhh, look at that cool guy that snowboards, hes way cooler. His vibe is SIKEE!!(.)”

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      • Jonaliscious
        November 13, 2020 at 9:32 am (6 months ago)

        so true

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    3. A Friend
      January 2, 2019 at 4:33 am (2 years ago)

      I can only accept. Everything written here is exactly why snowboarding is better than skiing. Thanks for making that clear. The last point made me laugh, but its f***ing true though :D.

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    4. james
      March 5, 2019 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

      snowboarding is way better yall skiing boots make you look like you have fake legs or somthin its just soo ugly the way people look on skis and then puting the skiis back on is rly hard although my gear is about 700 bucks it can get expensive with good gear :9

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    5. i'm a giraffe
      March 9, 2019 at 9:27 pm (2 years ago)

      I’ve never snowboarded I really want to and I actually just skied today but halfway through I realized, that I could do a lot more of the tricks that I wanted to do on a snowboard. and next time I go to the ski resort ill prolly snowboard. I also found this blog by looking up prices of snowboard gear. anyway this was a great blog I’m glad I found it -thx

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    6. kitkat
      March 25, 2019 at 11:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Unless you do both boarding and skiing, no room to comment. i’ve been doing both for over 20 years…(racing and freestyle in both) when people ask me which is my favorite, I have once simple answer…
      It depends on the snow conditions…icy/skis…slushy/board…powder/double-day of fun!!
      I only hear negs from people afraid to try.
      I feel lucky to live at a mountain where everyone is encouraged to do both!!

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    7. Derp Derpington
      May 18, 2019 at 1:04 pm (2 years ago)

      I have skied since the 1970s and snowboarded since the 80s, and I love both so I feel qualifed to comment. The points in this article are good, but I’d change the last one. Snowboarding isn’t cool because of style or attitude or fashion or anything like that. It’s cooler because riding a single edge makes turning more fluid and graceful. It’s why motorcycles are more fun than cars. In bad conditions, two edges (or four wheels) are better and more stable, but in good conditions, the choice is easy. Snowboarding makes you feel more connected to the mountain.

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    8. bob
      October 30, 2019 at 5:10 pm (2 years ago)

      snowboarding is just better sorry skiers

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      • Jonaliscious
        November 13, 2020 at 9:30 am (6 months ago)

        got that right

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    9. Anthony Rich
      December 31, 2019 at 6:35 pm (1 year ago)

      I was snowboarding on christmas and going again tomorrow (new years day). When I was sitting enjoying my between trips adult beverage, people watching, the people on skiis looked miserable walking around in their ski shoes (ESPECIALLY since big bear resort has stairs everywhere). Also why do skiers have to dress so goofy? cant they wear the comfortable clothes snowboarders wear? I myself am 35 and think people younger than me skiing looks weird. like im in an old 80s movie and John Cusack has to beat some rich asshole down devils peak so he can get the girl of his dreams.

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    10. Jonaliscious
      November 13, 2020 at 9:30 am (6 months ago)

      I’m a big-time snowboarder and this page is absolutely rad

      Reply

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