Hey /sp/. What snowboard would you recommend to a 185cm newb who has never snowboarded in his life?
>Hey /sp/. What snowboard would you recommend to a 185cm newb who has never snowboarded in his life?
Skiing is a vastly superior sport.
New snowboards will dedicate 50% of their first few days to "ass-time".
Enjoy the pain.
At least with skis you die instantly.
I see snowboarders all the time at Whistler.
Not saying it's not fun once you get it, but it's slower, no good in moguls, no good in tight steep trees, sucks on flats and in dust on crust is just a snow removal machine which sucks for everybody.
And you either like the park rat-like snowboard culture or not.
Personal decision, but no one will argue that skiing is a faster and more precision sport, from racing to free-skiing.
>ski boots are fucking retarded, you can't win
You win by going to a professional bootfitter and getting your boots custom fit.
Then everything is great -- it's not cheap, but if you're on a tight budget neither snowboarding nor sking is a great idea: If you don't have a pass, you'll be paying around $100/day just to get on the mountain, whether you snowboard or ski.
Arbor Foundation. Fantastic board for the price (299.99) and it will last you until you're almost advanced. Even then, it rides like a fucking dream.
Why is there so little ski and snowboard banter on /sp/?
Buy a pair of skis instead, snowboarding is for kids and EXTREME sports enthusiasts. I suggest carving your own skis out of redwood cedar, and strapping them to your bare feet with rope made from the tendons of a deer. Or you could just buy some from your local sports store, most likely someone there could help you find the pair that suits you best.
Serious question here: as you probably know, Brazil isnt known as a snowy place. But I'm thinking about taking a vacation to a snow resort and I was originally thinking about snowboarding, but reading the thread, you guys made it look like skiing would be the better option .
I Feel like I'd enjoy snowboarding more (skating culture and such), but I'm not sure if I'd be interested if it would be close tô impossible to learn in 1-2 weeks
Skier here --- in 1-2 weeks you'd be fine. The first two days is a lot of falling on your ass, but a couple of weeks would be more than enough.
Go out of bounds ONLY if you have an avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe and know how to use them -- and no one who just took up either snowboarding or skiing should be going out-of-bounds at all.
Ski with someone, too -- we have a lot of people die around here (Vancouver/Whistler) out-of-bounds, but also die in-bounds not just from avalanches but from falling into tree wells. It's a horrible way to die, and being with a friend and knowing what your routes will be is VERY important.
DO NOT underestimate the dangers of sliding down a snowy mountain on one board or two.
It is a highly dangerous sport, as should be obvious.
Don't assume that just because you are at a resort that you won't end up dead or paralyzed or in a coma like Michael Schumacher - people are always hitting trees, rocks, flying off cliffs, etc.
The list of super-accomplished skiers and boarders who die each year is looong. And these people are light years ahead of you in ability and safety awareness.
Keep that in mind and have fun.
If you have skated or surfed before, you'll be able to pick up snowboarding in a day or two so long as you stay away from the kids slopes.
Snowboarding is harder when you are moving slowly over a basically flat slope. Which is exactly what the beginner slope is. I almost gave up on the sport entirely the first day because of it. I feel bad for all the sorry bastards on those slopes now when I am over them on the lift.
Fortunately the second day I said 'fuck it', went to the intermediate slope, started to do the 'falling leaf', and was carving the black runs by the end of the day. Snowboarding is the easiest of the board sports IMO.