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Snowboarding - having fun
"Snowboarding is relatively easy to pick up and a very soon you're
able to carve (make long wide turns on the edge of the board, without
skidding) and that's where the fun really begins.
The pure joy of creating perfect arcs down an open slope is
exhilarating but there is as much fun to be had from "messing about"
in a dedicated snow park or using a slopes natural features for all
sorts of jumps and freestyle manoeuvres.
Looking for new bumps and slopes and then working on different jumps
and tricks is great with a few mates, so that you can encourage,
criticise, be amazed by and laugh at each other."
Misconception 3: Snowboarding is hard to do.
"Actually, snowboarding is a lot simpler than skiing. (For starters,
you only have one piece of equipment to carry around!) Snowboarding is
very intuitive; it feels natural, not technical. After an initial
stage, the learning curve for snowboarding is very rapid. Some riders
can tackle advanced terrain during their first season on a board.
Misconception 4: Snowboarding is not as fun as skiing.
I skied for 14 years, and I've snowboarded for 9. Snowboarding is fun.
It's really fun. In my humble opinion, it is far more fun than skiing.
The sensation of snowboarding is difficult to describe, but I would
wish it on anybody.
Part 2 of The Snowboarding Experience Series
I got into snowboarding after skiing for 14 years. All those years of
weekly skiing had taken their toll, and my knees were giving out. I
was forced to look at other options.
By the end of that season, I was snowboarding full time and have never looked back.
There are a multitude of reasons why skiers are turning into riders,
but here are the top three:
Snowboarding is easier and simpler than skiing.
Snowboarding is simpler than skiing in a few ways. For one, there is
much less equipment to carry around - it's just you and your board. No
poles, nothing extra. (Also, less equipment = less expensive.)
Snowboarding is more comfortable. The boots are soft and your hands
stay warmer because they're not wrapped around pole handles. Ski gear
is designed to function well while skiing, but it's a pain to get
across the parking lot in those boots and trying to carry all your
equipment. Snowboard gear is comfortable in the car, in the parking
lot, eating lunch in the lodge and while snowboarding.
Snowboarding is easier on the body.
Snowboarding is much easier on the body than skiing - my knees can
attest! Picture a ski turn in your mind. Most of the force of the turn
is being applied to the inside of the downhill leg, with the knee
turned slightly inward towards the uphill boot. The hips rotate back
over the ski. It is a complex and counterintuitive position.
In snowboarding, however, most of the force of a turn is placed on the
body's large muscle groups and the skeleton as a whole. Picture a
heelside snowboard turn. The knees are bent evenly, the force of the
turn is being distributed through the large quad muscles and the
torso. In fact, the position looks a lot like you would look if you
jumped off a ledge and landed in a stable crouch. It is a very natural
position where nothing twists or tweaks. I think this is why: a)
snowboarding is easier than skiing, and B) why it feels so good.
The sensation: Snowboarding is more fun.
A snowboard turn is a very freeing and addicting feeling that feels
different than skiing. In a snowboard turn, there is a sweeping motion
where your body swings out away from your feet, with the edge of your
board carving a perfect line in the snow or sending a huge spray of
powder into the air. It is a sensation that is difficult to describe.
Those who know the sensation, like me, wish that every person could be
lucky enough to have a chance to experience it. And I don't just mean
kids -- I'm talking about people from all age groups and walks of
life. Snowboarding is fun, and it feeds your body a freedom difficult
to find anywhere else."
snowboarding is fun