Skiing or Snowboarding?
If you’re going on your first ever ski or snowboard holiday, you might be wondering whether you should you ski, snowboard or try both? Likewise, those with children might be anxious to choose the best one to get them started in; the kids might want to snowboard, but should they learn to ski first? We try and answer a few of the main questions to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
Which is best for Beginners?
As a rule of thumb, it is generally accepted that skiing is easiest to start out in as a beginner, due to the more natural positioning of the legs and the body on the skis. Generally, beginner adults and children will find it easier to learn to ski, and during your first week of skiing there is less falling involved in the learning process. For adults and older children, within your first week you are likely to be able to progress past the beginner slopes and into the easy slopes in main ski area, control your speed and stop.
Snowboarding for beginners can be a much less natural position. It’s harder for beginners to find that initial balance and you’re likely to spend a lot more time falling over in the first few days! Often with snowboarding, beginners will have a preference for being able to turn in one direction, but not the other. This steep learning curve can put a lot of people off, but if you persevere you’ll find that soon it will click and you’ll feel more balanced and confident linking your turns, picking up more speed and stopping with confidence.
This ‘rule’ of course does not apply to everyone; if you have ever done sports such as skateboarding or wakeboarding before, you may find yourself naturally inclined to prefer snowboarding, as you’re used to the sideways position in which your feet are attached to the snowboard, and progress much faster than someone who doesn’t have this experience.