“Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master. Snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master” is how the saying goes. And, to an extent, we agree. So, as a beginner, which should you try first?
When you’re starting out, it’s easier to learn the basics of skiing than snowboarding as it involves individual leg movement. When at low speeds, you can use your feet to re-balance yourself during those inevitable wobbles.
Because you’re facing forwards down the slope, you’re able to have full vision of the direction you’re heading and your surroundings. This feels more natural and can make you feel more in control.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, the technique of skiing is trickier to pick up than snowboarding. The harmony and symmetry between both legs can be difficult to perfect.
Despite progression when learning to ski being slower, it’s a sport that demands that you push yourself and can be incredibly rewarding.
At the start, snowboarding can feel alien as you have both feet attached to the board, which can seem restricting. It takes more time to get used to balancing yourself and if you have a wobble, it’s likely you’ll fall.
Your vision is also limited in snowboarding as you’re positioned sideways, which means you must be both careful and confident. This positioning can take some time to get used to.
Once you’ve grasped the basics, snowboarding is easier to progress with. You’ll work on your balance, increase your speed and learn to turn – all of which happen surprisingly quickly. Increasing your speed can even make learning to turn easier as there’s less resistance between the base of the board and the snow. Then, it’s all about finessing your technique and trying the next grade of slopes.
Either way, there’s plenty of fun to be had on one board or two.