My view: Skiing is much easier sport than snowboarding


Photo courtesy of Jacqui Mercier '19

Mercier ’19 skiing trip to Vail last winter.

Jacqui Mercier '19, Feature Editor

As far as I’m concerned, you can’t really go wrong by spending a snowy day outside and heading up a mountain in a chairlift. However, in my opinion, heading down on two skis is far more enjoyable than a snowboard.

Skiing is far easier to pick up for beginners because learning to balance on a snowboard is difficult to adjust to. This makes skiing more inclusive for anyone interested; From beginners to pros, everyone can participate to some extent because it’s simple to learn.

For that reason, skiing is a strong tradition in my family, from my grandpa to my little cousins, because every generation is capable to some extent and we all enjoy it and it allows us to bond.

I also love being able to use poles when I ski. It can help with balance and precision in turning on the mountain and creates a sense of stability. Also, the poles make moving around the bottom of the hill from lift to lift easier.

Every now and then skiers and snowboarders alike will wipe out for some reason or another. If I had to choose, I would rather fall while skiing because in most cases the skis will fly off which makes my accident- prone self-feel reassured that I likely won’t suffer from any major injuries to my ankles  when I fall, as to where if I fell on a snowboard I would be concerned about getting seriously hurt seeing as I would still be connected to the board itself.

Snowboarding is super cool, but at the end of the day, it’s such a hassle to take the bindings on and off constantly. It just doesn’t seem worthwhile to me to spend as much time preparing to go down the slope as I spend actually descending.

Like I said, you really can’t go wrong, but I think skiing is so much simpler in so many different ways, which is why I would c