Whilst there is no concrete answer to the ‘which is better’ question, we do have some answers to some other frequently asked ski and snowboarding questions.
Q: Is skiing or snowboarding better for children?
A: It really depends on the age of your child. But ski lessons typically start from age three and snowboard lessons won’t start until a little later. As with adults, skiing is easier for kids to pick up, and as to not break their spirit, most parents will start their kids on skis and transition to snowboard once they’re a little older. This way, the kids have already fallen in love with the snow, and have basic movements mastered.
Q: Can skiers and snowboarders ride together?
A: Of course they can! This seems like a silly question, but one we certainly hear. Regardless of your discipline, everyone ends up at the bottom of the same run and riding the same lift! Race you to the bottom!! Just remember, there are NO friends on a powder day!
Q: Which is cheaper, skiing or snowboarding?
A: Neither. Both disciplines require a very similar investment in gear, the same lift ticket and most of the time, lessons cost the same.
Q: Should I take skiing or snowboarding lessons?
A: We always say yes! Skimping on lessons often means spending more time learning and less time shredding! Lessons ensure you pick up correct technique in practice and progression. ALSO don’t be fooled into thinking that only beginners can take lessons! Spending time with an instructor at any point in your ski or snowboard career will help you to improve technique, skill and confidence.
Q: Is there a difference between ski and snowboard clothing?
A: There is a difference! Snowboard jackets are typically longer and baggier, to accommodate for time spent sitting on the snow and a lot of lateral body movement. Ski jackets on the other hand are typically shorter and more tailored. The differences in ski and snowboard pants is mostly the fit; snowboard pants tend to be baggier for greater leg movement whilst ski pants tend to have a slimmer fit that allows for a more aerodynamic form.
A lot of this difference, however, is in style. Some skiers wear a snowboard jacket because they prefer the way it looks. The most important thing when choosing outerwear, regardless of if it’s for skiing or snowboarding, is insulation. Check out our insulation blogs here and here to refresh your knowledge.