Should I learn to snowboard?

Posted on February 28, 2017


For Marijke’s birthday we’re doing to the mountain to enjoy some winter sport. Marijke is a skier and has been going since she was a kid. I went a handful of times in Alaska, but never regularly.

As I approach a casual relationship with downhill snow sports I wonder which mode better suits me: Skiing or Snowboarding?

Skiing is a classy gentlemen’s sport. You can tell because Brooks Brothers sells ski clothes. James Bond is a skier. And I have some distant experience with it.

Snowboarding is the future, invented in 1965 and made most famous by Vin Diesel is the film xXx. Snowboarding is clearly “cooler” than skiing and also has less risk of serious injury.

There are two votes for this decision. Whichever is higher will be what I learn to do. If both are below 30% then I will just sit in the bar and sip on a nice scotch.

A yes vote is to learn to snowboard. A not vote is to not learn to snowboard. (see other vote to vote for or against skiing)

Past Discussion

arijkem 💯❤️☕️ (220.0 shares, voted no)
Snowboarding is not "cool" unless you are 20.
Mike Merrill
This year is my 3rd Annual 40th Birthday Party (or is it my 4th?).
wandersean 💯☕ (124.0 shares, voted no)
I snowboard and I like it but sometimes I wish I skied.
CWhoa (5.0 shares, voted yes)
It depends on the amount of time you plan to dedicate to it. Snowboarders suffer through a few days of looking and feeling stupid and butt sore, but then level up to join their friends on more difficult runs. Skiers have easier beginner days and dignity intact except pizza slice jokes, but take much longer to graduate to double blue and black runs, and so might spend years being meh level. If you are only going up once or twice a year, snowboarding will get you to a point to ride with your friends faster.
superamit (1.0 shares, voted yes)
Skiing is for sissies. Source: I learned how to ski as a kid and am reasonably good at it. Started learning how to snowboard in my 20s and am reasonably bad at it.
awmahan 💼☕️ (40.0 shares, voted yes)
This year is your 4th annual 40th. Maybe 5th? I'm losing track.