Skiing vs Snowboarding, Which One is Right for You?
There is a common ideology that skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, and snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master.
The decision to either start skiing or snowboarding can be difficult. In this blog, we break down all aspects of each sport, from the equipment you'll need, to the learning curve of each sport. We hope you find this blog useful in your decision to ski or snowboard.
What Equipment do I Need?
Both skiing and snowboarding have similar equipment needs. We'll take a look at what you'll need and the average price of each piece, giving you an idea of how much each sport will cost.
Let's take a look at what equipment you'll need to start skiing. The first, and probably the most important pieces you'll need are the skis, boots, and bindings. As a beginner, you might want to invest in some ski poles to help you keep your balance as you learn. We also encourage safety, so make sure you grab yourself a helmet as well.
Now that we know what equipment we'll need, let's take a look at how much everything will cost. The average ski setup can cost anywhere from $600 - $1500. Just remember, this number is what the average ski setup costs. The price of skis is affected by a number of things like experience, size, and style.
Let's see what equipment you'll need to start snowboarding. Similar to skiing, you will need a snowboard, a pair of boots, and bindings. Remember, safety first! Grab a helmet as well.
The average cost of a snowboard setup is priced around $500 - $1200. Again the price of your setup will vary based on brand, level, and style.
If you are not sure which direction you want to go, maybe the price will be your deciding factor. Keep in mind that the prices above are a ballpark range of what you can expect to pay. A quick tip when looking for equipment, try and buy your equipment when stores are having big sales or even look into lightly used equipment and renting your setup, it will be cheaper than buying everything new.
The Obstacles of Learning.
When trying something for the first time, it can sometimes be a little challenging to get the hang of things. Well, it is no different with skiing and snowboarding.
With skiing, each foot is attached to a separate ski, giving you the freedom to adjust your position if you feel uncomfortable or if you feel like you are going to fall. Snowboarding, on the other hand, is not so forgiving. With a snowboard, your feet are locked into the bindings, limiting your movement. If you find yourself falling over, it might be hard to correct your fall.
The learning curve for each sport can vary. It might seem simple enough, just strap your feet in and ride down the hill, but much like everything else, it's not that easy. As a beginner, skiing might be a little easier as your posture is a little more natural and it's easier to keep your balance. People tend to take twice as long to feel comfortable on a snowboard compared to on skis. Once you've mastered the basics, the learning doesn't stop. You can dive into more specialty ski types like moguls and freestyle where you'll have to learn a whole new set of skills.
As a beginner snowboarder, it might seem a little more difficult to get a hang of compared to skiing, but don't let that deter you. The overall posture on a snowboard might seem a little unnatural compared to skiing, but if you have done sports like skateboarding, you'll pick it up quicker. Once you have mastered the basics, you can restart the learning curve by specializing in all kinds of snowboarding like, big mountain snowboarding (riding down mountains), which will require a different skill set compared to freestyle snowboarding.
Which is Right for You?
Before you select which route you want to take, let's wrap up the main differences between skiing and snowboarding.
First, we took a look at the equipment needed to start skiing and snowboarding, and what the average price is for a setup. If price is the deciding factor you might need to look a little further, as the average price difference is only about $200. We even gave you some extra tips on how you can get your setup even cheaper.
We also took a look at what the learning curve is for each sport. Both sports have their challenges, and once you master the basics of either sport, there is still room to learn more. Each sport offers a bunch of different riding styles from slope to freestyle, which all need their own skillset. The learning curve shouldn't deter you from either sport. As long as you are dedicated to learning and don't give up, you will do okay.
In conclusion, you can't go wrong with either sport. Both provide the same amount of excitement and thrill that athletes crave. This blog was written to help give you some general information on what you can expect when starting to ski or snowboard. Now that you have all this information, it's time to ask yourself the question "which one is right for me"?