While thinking about taking a winter sport as a leisure activity many of us are in a dilemma regarding which one to choose, skiing or snowboarding. Below we’ll discuss the pros and cons of both, helping you decide which of these sports would suit you best and let you feel the adrenaline pumping inside your mind, body and soul.
Pros of skiing
Since all of us are acquainted to walking with two legs, the same is the sensation of being on a ski, and hence is the reason learning to ski is regarded as easier and more comfortable when compared with snowboarding. Snowboarding requires more flexibility at the waist and powerful abdominal muscles to bear the jerks caused due to quick turning actions. Hence when one is on both the legs, then we may expect better body balance and one can shift their center of gravity to whatever position required for a better skiing experience.
Skiing makes use of poles to aid for accelerating and also for stopping, which is not possible when we are snowboarding. Stopping and slowing down is sometimes a tricky job even for expert snowboarders on the same terrain where beginner skiers accomplish that with ease. When on flat surface snowboarders have a really painful time trying to get through the snow.
Skiing is a sport which is better suited for longer run as after a certain age one may not be able to snowboard comfortably but skiing will be a lot more enjoyable. Young people who are always willing to look cool choose snowboarding but sooner or later they switch to skiing.
Pros of snowboarding
Snowboarding is a sport usually favored by the young sport enthusiasts because of the adrenaline rush it involves. The second most important thing is the appeal it has on the minds of the spectators, snowboarding is considered way too cooler by most of the people and as a matter of fact, it sure is.
Even when the speeds achieved in a ski is greater when compared to that of a snowboard, still the feel of being on a snowboard carries a greater degree of thrill factor with it.
Tougher terrains are difficult to be handled by beginners on a snowboard but as they learn the art of linking turns, slopes are not a problem when compared with skiers.
The lesser number of gears and cheaper accessories in snowboarding also makes it a lucrative sports option.
Last but not the least, the awesome number and types of tricks which can be performed on a snowboard makes it worth trying, though it involves some level of risks of getting hurt but still for thrill seekers, it might not be an issue.
Some of the famous skiing and snowboarding destinations around the world are enlisted below:
- The Alps, Europe
- Vail, Colorado USA
- Andermatt, Switzerland
- Hecuba, Japan
- Portillo, Chile
- Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
- Mt.Ruapehu, New Zealand
- Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
- Thredbo, Australia
- St Anton Am Arlberg, Austria
So assuming that the facts that we have provided here would let you recognize your true adventure requirements and will help you decide which one is the best for you while exploring new areas, skis provide better advantage over snowboards and for extreme thrill seekers snowboard is the best option. At the end of the day the choice is all yours.
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