The rivalry between the two disciplines is historical, with people on either side of the ‘which is best’ debate voicing their opinion, and we can attest to this more than most. Ask a skier, they’ll tell you skiing is best (it is) and ask a boarder, and they’ll tell you there is no beating snowboarding.
It’s a debate that’s difficult to get an unbiased opinion on! Many will tell you that skiing is harder to be good at, but easier to learn and in part this is true. Many people learn on skis and switch to a board, or vice-versa.
The origin of skiing dates back centuries, whereas snowboarding burst onto the scene sometime in the 80’s, and in the 90’s and early 2000’s, snowboarding became undoubtably the sport for the young and cool. It seemed if you were young, you’d snowboard. If you were old and subsequently, not cool, you skied.
This adage has very much changed in recent years. Now some of the worlds most celebrated athletes are skiers, just check out this video of Candide Thovexand tell me skiers aren’t cool! Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.