Skiing VS Snowboarding – What are the main differences?
Generally, skiing can be easier to pick up as your feet are separated and they will face forwards down the slope, which will feel more natural. By contrast, on a snowboard both feet are clipped into the board and you will face side on to the slope, which will feel unnatural to a lot of people.
Let’s take a look at some of the key differences.
Skiing can be much easier to get used to as both legs move independently, and you travel with your body facing the same way as your feet. Facing forwards also gives you a much better view of the slope ahead of you than a snowboarder.
Having both feet attached to a single board can be unsettling at first and takes some time getting used, to especially when you factor in your feet are not facing the direction you are moving. Don’t forget - you won’t be facing the slope, which can make it difficult to stay aware of your surroundings.
Although lifts can be daunting for a beginner, skis don’t need to be unclipped on a lift and facing forward will make the experience a lot more comfortable than on a snowboard.
Ski lifts can be a challenge for boarders as they need to ride with one foot unclipped. They also don’t have ski poles to help them move on and off the lift and must learn to ride off with one foot removed from the board.
Aside from boots, the same clothing can generally be worn for skiing and snowboarding.
Layer. Layer. Layer. You’ll need a baselayer, and jacket which protect you from the elements, a pair of snow pants, gloves and some warm ski socks. If you are heading to the slopes for the first time or have years of experience on the slopes you can get the best clothing from Moose Voyage that will keep you warm and dry.