It’s winter in New Zealand which means the snow-covered slopes of Christchurch, Queenstown and beyond will once again welcome skiers and snowboarders from around the world.
But which camp are you in – skis or snowboards? Just who gets the most from New Zealand’s ski resorts?
It’s a hot topic which divides opinion and causes both groups to rant quite furiously through their expensive face-masks. So without wishing to rock the boat, here’s a personal perspective that looks at the virtuosities and the disappointments of the snowboard against the ski.
– First-time snowboarders tend to scrape the snow off the slopes, leaving skiers high and dry
– Snowboarders fall down a lot more often than skiers – and often in the path of skiers
– You can lose momentum on a snowboard between the end of the slope and the lift, meaning snowboarders are often seen dragging their board along with one foot looking not unlike extras in a zombie movie.
– The process of removing a snowboard from your feet is far more taxing than detaching ski boots from skis.
But here’s where the snowboard scores points over skis:
– Once a snowboard has been detached, it’s much easier to walk around than it is in a pair of hefty, clumpy ski boots.
– An experienced snowboarder can work magic on the slopes, and watching a seasoned pro descending is a thing of beauty and well worth catching.
– Snowboarding has highlighted the need for more safety gear when on the slopes – something skiers have avoided for years but are now coming round to.
– Snowboarding is cooler. Come on, it just is. They also have the trendier clothes. They win on image and branding basically.
Remember, the chief objective at these resorts is to have fun, whatever your chosen method of navigating them will be. Leave your competitive streak at home and go have a blast.
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