On the Mountain
There is no doubt that skiing and snowboarding are two of the most popular winter pastimes. The only problem is the rivalry the two bring on the mountain. Both sports are sure to bring excitement in the snow, but before choosing which one there are important factors to consider. Probably the most noticeable difference is the equipment used. Both the techniques and movements between skiing and snowboarding are considerably different. Also, the injury factor is different between the two. Lastly, progression and the difficulty to start are varied from sport to sport.
Skiing involves two skis that are strapped with bindings. The skiers use the skis to navigate and propel themselves through snow. But snowboarders, who do not use skis, use only their body to navigate and propel. Though both the skiers and the snowboarders are attached to the snowboards with bindings, it also comes with some difference. The snowboarder’s bindings are located side by side so that his feet face sideways. But a skier is bind to the snowboard along the length of the board so that his feet face straight. Many beginners find it easy to attach skis and move on flat ground. While a snowboarder has to usually unstrap their back foot while keeping their balance and then move on flat ground.
Skis offer better movement than a snowboard does. They allow movement of both legs as each leg has an individual ski. On the other hand a snowboard restricts the movement of a snowboarders legs. Most of the movement is generated by the upper body when riding a snowboard. After learning how to successful ride down the mountain another important skill to learn is stopping. The techniques are entirely different between skiing and snowboarding. When skiing, beginners are taught to use the “pizza technique.” This is done by pointing both of the ski tips together and leaving the backs separate. The skis should make an upside down v. Stopping on a snowboard is done by turning the board ninety...