Skiing and snowboarding have some similarities i.e. they both are winter activities and are performed on snowy mountains. But they are quite different from each other in many ways. Both need different equipment, different techniques, different body positioning while sliding down the hills, and have their own good sides and bad sides. Let’s discuss the difference between skiing and snowboarding in detail, which are as follows:
Skiing is an activity/sport where you are using a pair of long skis for sliding down the snowy mountains, which is developed earlier. They are of various styles like Freestyle, Adaptive, Back-country, Cross-country, etc.
Whereas, snowboarding is an activity/sport where you are using a single snowboard for sliding down the hills, which is developed later. Their main styles are Jibbing, Free-style, Free-carve, Half-pipe, Splitboarding, etc.
For skiing, you need two skies with mostly a pair of poles. So it gets a little inconvenient to carry it with you while traveling. And the ski boots are quite stiff, which makes it uncomfortable to walk around with these boots.
For snowboarding, you just need one single wooden board, which makes it very convenient to carry it with you while traveling. And even the ski boots are very comfortable that you can easily walk around with these boots.
POSITIONING OF BODY WHILE SLIDING:
In skiing, your feet are independently attached with each ski, and both your feet and face are forward-facing, i.e. the position of your body is in the same direction of your movement. As a beginner, it gets easier to maintain balance and you’ll get better visibility of the hills.
In snowboarding, your feet are attached to one single board but facing sideways, i.e. the position of your body is 90 degrees to the direction of your movement. As a beginner, it gets a little difficult to maintain balance, but later you get used to it. But, as you are facing sideways while sliding down the hills, so you’ll get less visibility of the slopes.
TYPE OF INJURIES:
As you can move more freely and maintain good balance by feet attached to different skis, so you are less likely to fall. But with a fall, your knees are more likely to get injured. You can better slide on ice and bumps with skis.
As your feet are attached to one board, which restricts the freedom of your legs, so you are more likely to fall as a beginner. And with a fall, your shoulder, wrist, and ankle are more likely to get injured but are quite safe on your knees. You can better slide on dry powder and crud with a snowboard.
While skiing, you are more likely to use your skies for movement and make turns. For that, you need to strengthen your thigh and leg muscles to sharpen your skiing skills. Cycling, Lunges, and Squats are good exercises to strengthen your leg muscles.
While snowboarding, you are more likely to use your own body to move and take turns. So for that, you need to strengthen your core muscles to sharpen your snowboarding skills. Crunches, Plank, and Pilates are good to strengthen your core muscles.
PROS AND CONS:
With skis, you can slide faster and can easily make movements/turns. It is good for flat surfaces. And you don’t need to re-strap your bindings again and again. But the downsides of skiing are: it gets difficult to perform tricks in skiing; it costs a little expensive because you need a pair of skis, poles, bindings, and boots; it gets more time to master skiing, and it gets a little hard to slow down.
With snowboarding, you are more likely to perform tricks with ease. It is less expensive than skiing because you need a board, bindings, and boots. It gets less time to master snowboarding and it gets easy to slow down and stop the snowboard. But the downsides of snowboarding are: It restricts free movement because your feet are attached to one single board; it gets hard to slide snowboard on flat areas; when you go for lift-riding, you need to re-strap the bindings with every single time; and even it gets quite difficult to escape from the lift with your snowboard attached to your feet.
WHICH IS GOOD FOR BEGINNERS?
As a beginner, it gets quite easier to learn to ski, because of the freedom of the leg movement, which can also help to maintain balance. But skiing needs more time and effort to master. On the other hand, it gets a little difficult to learn to snowboard, because of the restriction of the movement of the legs, which makes it hard to balance as a beginner. But it gets easier to master i.e. you master it in no time.
From a beginner’s point of view, maintaining balance is the priority. For that, in general, skiing is good for beginners.
WHICH ACTIVITY IS SAFER?
In general, both activities are safe if performed carefully and after taking proper lessons. But skiing is considered more dangerous than snowboarding. Let’s get to know in detail: With the snowboard, you tend to fall more, but because the speed is generally slow, so you are less likely to get big injuries from high-speed hitting. Whereas, in the case of skiing, you are less likely to fall, but because it is high-speed activity and gets difficult to control when slide at high speed (as a beginner), so you are more likely to get a big injury due to high-speed collision. On behalf of the explanation, snowboarding is considered safer than skiing.
In general, take proper precautions to stay safe on snowy hills and minimize the risk of getting injured.
WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE?
There is nothing like that which is better, and that you should prefer, just choose the one in which you have the interest so that you can enjoy it more. For some skiing is their sport/activity, while for others snowboarding is their activity/sport. You can also choose both, depending upon your ability. It’s completely your personal choice, so choose the one, slide down the snowy hills, enjoy, and just have fun with your friends or family members.