What’s harder to learn: skiing or snowboarding?
Are you’re heading for the slopes for the first time and you’re deliberating over whether to choose a board or skis? Time is short and you want to know what’s the best sport to choose to maximize your time on the slopes. Obviously both sports are totally awesome! They both attract like-minded mountain enthusiasts who live to ride the slopes. We say learn both if you can!
But which is harder to learn? Skiing or snowboarding? Although this question can spark some heated discussion, through personal experiences and research, we simply must conclude that skiing is easier to learn. But it’s not totally straight forward. Skiing is easier to learn but more difficult to master. Snowboarding is more difficult to learn but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s much easier to progress in.
What our team riders say:
Andri Ragettli (skier):
“Snowboarding is harder. Usually you start first skiing and then you change to snowboarding. When you ski you have 2 edges but with snowboarding you only have one edge.”
Camille Armand (boarder):
“The easiest way is to start learning skiing and once you ski, it will be easier for you to try snowboarding. Why it’s easier to learn to ski? Because we have two skis and poles that facilitate balance.”
Isabelle Hanssen (skier):
“I would say the basics of skiing are easier because it’s more aligned with your natural body position, but down the line it gets more technical than snowboarding. Except for freestyle I’d say they’re pretty equal.”
Getting started: the initial differences between skiing and snowboarding
So for those learning to ski, the first couple of days will be easier than for those who are learning to snowboard. Why? Because skiing is more intuitive, relating better to how we actually move. When you ski, you feet are two separate units so you can move each leg independently. This means that at slower speeds, you have better balance and can stay upright. Skiers face forward with their legs parallel with each other in a straight-on position. Many beginners feel this position is more natural and easier to hold.
Skiers face forward with their legs parallel with each other in a straight-on position. Many beginners feel this position is more natural and easier to hold.
With snowboarding, it may feel awkward at first with your feet strapped to the board, like your feet are ‘trapped’. It’s a question of getting used to the sensation. When you’re just starting out, you’ll probably fall quite a bit and spend much of your first day on your behind. Balancing on the board, stopping, and learning to turn take many days of practice. But once you’ve learnt the basics, improving your skills will go faster than with a novice skiier.
Once you’ve learnt the basics, improving your skills will go faster than with a novice skiier.
Now you’re snowboarding…
Once you’ve got used to the feeling of being strapped to a board, it becomes an advantage! You don’t have to worry about your skis crossing each other. And snowboarders say that the one board gives them a deeper connection to the snow.
Once you’ve got the hang of turning, you can already hit the slopes. Now it’s time to work on balance and speed. Increased speed will actually make turning easier so it’s a win win. Most snowboarders will have the basics down within a week and can be out there on the slopes, in the park and even in the backcoutry for the rest of their time in the snow.
Now you’re skiing…
For skiers, it’ll take a bit longer to build up the basic skiing skill set. In the beginning having two separate skis on two separate legs makes it easier to get going. But now you have to learn to use these two separate entities as one, keeping them moving in harmony with each other.
But although the going can be slow when learning to ski, it is a sport that is continously challenging you and from these challenges you learn improved skill and technique. This makes working on your sport so rewarding.
Whichever sport you choose, dress for it
Whether you choose to ski or snowboard, remember that to truly enjoy your time on the slopes, you need to dress for the weather. Think water resistance, breathability and warmth. You’re in the right place to find your perfect winter outfit! We’ve got ski and snowboard wear for women and ski and snowboard wear for men and for kids as well.
Whether you choose to ski or snowboard, remember that to truly enjoy your time on the slopes, you need to dress for the weather.
Skiing is easier to learn when compared to snowboarding. Snowboarding is harder to get the hang of in the beginning but you’ll find yourself carving up the moutain in no time! Choose the sport you feel more connected to, that’ll make learning easier. And remember practice makes perfect so keep trying and you’ll get there!