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2013-01-21 03:30:48 PM
TFA: In the 2003-4 season more than 42 percent of all beginners on the slopes ages 14 and younger started out on a snowboard. The percentage has steadily fallen since then, last season dropping to about 34 percent, according to the ski areas association.


That translates into a 20 percent reduction in the number of people sitting in the snow at the top of slopes and doing nothing.
 
2013-01-21 03:56:50 PM

UberDave: That translates into a 20 percent reduction in the number of people sitting in the snow at the top of slopes and doing nothing.


You left out the part about how they are sitting right at the point where you get off the lift, thereby causing the damn thing to stop operations 20% less.

This is a good trend and I am for it.
 
2013-01-21 04:14:08 PM
Good riddance.
 
2013-01-21 04:20:45 PM
Been seeing a lot more of these guys out there in the last couple of years.  Crazy things the kids are into these days.
www.noexcusesunlimited.org
 
2013-01-21 04:40:33 PM
just about had a farking snowboarded take me out yesterday.. asshat performed a jump without looking where he was going. had to break so hard that i ended up laying on my side.
 
2013-01-21 04:43:03 PM
What's with the snowboarding kids sitting in the middle of the slope?

www.skiclub.ie

Get off the trail morons.
 
2013-01-21 05:06:35 PM
And hopefully, if there is any karma, their kids will be as big douchebags as they were
 
2013-01-21 05:17:33 PM
I'm not a big skier, but had to take skiing for a physical education credit in the mid 90s. Goddamn, the snowboarders were awful. If they weren't in the way, they were spinning out of control, and usually using the bodies of skiers to stop them. It was more than a few times that I wiped out without knowing why, only to look up to see a snowboarder muttering "sorry dude" before skittering away.
 
2013-01-21 05:21:18 PM

Kazan: just about had a farking snowboarded take me out yesterday.. asshat performed a jump without looking where he was going. had to break so hard that i ended up laying on my side.


I'm just old enough to remember the time before snowboards.

If you took away snowboards, that same asshat would have nearly taken you out by performing a jump without looking... on skis.
 
2013-01-21 05:21:47 PM
So, snowboarders are to skiers as bikers are to motorists?

/both ignore the rules of the slopes/roads.....
 
2013-01-21 05:25:26 PM
Trouble with showboarding is that too many assholes do it. It is every bit as easy to snowboard responsibly as it is to ski responsibly.

I like snowboarding because if I eat shiat, I roll over and keep going. If I were on skis, I would have to collect my yard sale first. To each their own. Enjoy the mountain and don't be a dick.
 
2013-01-21 05:37:28 PM
Kazan: just had a farking snowboarded skier take me out and give me a concussion yesterday.. asshat didn't know what the fark he was doing and decided to go full speed down a slope when he hadn't worked out the whole "stopping" thing. I was standing on the side of the trail.

Go fark yourselves pretentious asshats.

The mountain is there to be enjoyed RESPECTFULLY AND SAFELY by all. Skiers, snowboards, it doesn't make a bit of difference so long as you are being safe and respecting the other people on the mountain.

/I ski & board, and am sick of ignorant assholes making assumptions
 
2013-01-21 05:37:36 PM
And Leon is getting laaaaarger!...
 
2013-01-21 05:37:42 PM
The barrier is that it's hard to learn how to snowboard without going through some level of pain.

Nobody gets it on their first day, and your ass is black and blue by the end of it. A lot of people try it once and never do it again. With skiing you can ease into it, start with the pizza and work your way up. And now that the skis aren't made of solid lead anymore (I kid, but still they were heavy back in the day), it's not as annoying to carry around.

Plus add the fact that snowboarders generally don't want to hang around a beginner while they eat shiat all day, and there's a significant barrier to entry for new snowboarders.
 
2013-01-21 05:41:30 PM
As a snowboarder, i've found that most of the assholes on the slopes tend to be skiers, usually the ones in telemarks. Skiers seem to think the whole farking trail belongs to them and swish their way down going from one edge of the trail to the other. I try to stay in a 10-15 foot wide strip along one side of the trail, doing quick carves. Many times, i've been cruising down my 10% of the trail only to be taken out by some asshole on skis who just "shusshed" his way 100 feet over from the other side of the trail and slammed into me because he thought i was going to get out of his way. Of course, i'm the asshole for not eating shiat to avoid him; usually they're calling me that as i dust myself off and continue on my way while they are collecting their yard sale.

/anecdotal evidence is anecdotal.
 
2013-01-21 05:50:08 PM

Dick Gozinya: As a snowboarder, i've found that most of the assholes on the slopes tend to be skiers, usually the ones in telemarks. Skiers seem to think the whole farking trail belongs to them and swish their way down going from one edge of the trail to the other. I try to stay in a 10-15 foot wide strip along one side of the trail, doing quick carves. Many times, i've been cruising down my 10% of the trail only to be taken out by some asshole on skis who just "shusshed" his way 100 feet over from the other side of the trail and slammed into me because he thought i was going to get out of his way. Of course, i'm the asshole for not eating shiat to avoid him; usually they're calling me that as i dust myself off and continue on my way while they are collecting their yard sale.

/anecdotal evidence is anecdotal.


I see the same thing.

My favorite ski group is the Wisconsin,Texan,Kansas, Florida types that congregate right at the entrance to the lift waiting for their 32 friends that caravanned with them to the slopes. How 'bout getting the F out of the F'ing way so people can get to the lift ass clowns.

You don't like kids sitting in the middle of the run...how about getting off the and greens and blues.
 
2013-01-21 05:51:30 PM

tortilla burger: The barrier is that it's hard to learn how to snowboard without going through some level of pain.

Nobody gets it on their first day, and your ass is black and blue by the end of it. A lot of people try it once and never do it again. With skiing you can ease into it, start with the pizza and work your way up. And now that the skis aren't made of solid lead anymore (I kid, but still they were heavy back in the day), it's not as annoying to carry around.

Plus add the fact that snowboarders generally don't want to hang around a beginner while they eat shiat all day, and there's a significant barrier to entry for new snowboarders.


I have always heard this. The first time I got to go to a ski slope, when I was 17, I went with two friends - an avid snowboarder and an avid skiier. They both recommended I try skiing instead of snowboarding, because I would fall less and it's way easier to learn.

I was farking miserable the whole day. That retarded wedge thing didn't work at all for me, I was constantly wiping out and having to crawl around re-collecting my gear to strap back on. If I ever get another chance to hit the slopes, I'm learning to snowboard. It can't possibly be worse.
 
2013-01-21 05:54:38 PM

litespeed74: Dick Gozinya: As a snowboarder, i've found that most of the assholes on the slopes tend to be skiers, usually the ones in telemarks. Skiers seem to think the whole farking trail belongs to them and swish their way down going from one edge of the trail to the other. I try to stay in a 10-15 foot wide strip along one side of the trail, doing quick carves. Many times, i've been cruising down my 10% of the trail only to be taken out by some asshole on skis who just "shusshed" his way 100 feet over from the other side of the trail and slammed into me because he thought i was going to get out of his way. Of course, i'm the asshole for not eating shiat to avoid him; usually they're calling me that as i dust myself off and continue on my way while they are collecting their yard sale.

/anecdotal evidence is anecdotal.

I see the same thing.

My favorite ski group is the Wisconsin,Texan,Kansas, Florida types that congregate right at the entrance to the lift waiting for their 32 friends that caravanned with them to the slopes. How 'bout getting the F out of the F'ing way so people can get to the lift ass clowns.

You don't like kids sitting in the middle of the run...how about getting off the and greens and blues.


It's even worse on mogul runs. Snowboarders who venture out in the bumps are a huge pain in the ass.
 
2013-01-21 05:56:54 PM

SmellsLikePoo: Go fark yourselves pretentious asshats.

The mountain is there to be enjoyed RESPECTFULLY AND SAFELY by all. Skiers, snowboards, it doesn't make a bit of difference so long as you are being safe and respecting the other people on the mountain.

/I ski & board, and am sick of ignorant assholes making assumptions


I'm not making any assumptions about the ratio between people who i see engaging in unsafe behavior. I was well in control of my speed - i literally had 24" of stopping distance the way he cut me off and I went from "safe speed with a clear path" to "BLOCKAGE" in just enough time to break as hard as i could. the idiot jumped INTO a one of the heaviest traffic lanes in that park without even farking looking - across the entire lane because he jumped into it from the left and i was in the right extreme.

when i see people being stupid on the slope it is 90% of the time a snowboarder.

don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between skiers and snowboarders in general - and while my friends who snowboard are pretty much the same people as my friends who ski, the average snowboarder is not.
 
2013-01-21 05:58:55 PM

max_pooper: It's even worse on mogul runs. Snowboarders who venture out in the bumps are a huge pain in the ass.


Being one of those pains in said ass, I usually don't want to be there either. Usually I get to the run and it's like, shiat. I didn't know this run had moguls. And I end up falling and tumbling through two-thirds of the run
 
2013-01-21 06:00:01 PM

Kazan: don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between whites and blacks in general - and while my friends who are black are pretty much the same people as my friends who are white, the average black man is not.


/I had to... this is Fark
//flamewar hiding around every corner
 
2013-01-21 06:00:45 PM

H31N0US: Trouble with showboarding is that too many assholes do it. It is every bit as easy to snowboard responsibly as it is to ski responsibly.

I like snowboarding because if I eat shiat, I roll over and keep going. If I were on skis, I would have to collect my yard sale first. To each their own. Enjoy the mountain and don't be a dick.


i've gotten catapulted onto my face in the pow when a ski tip bit in, only thing i had to retrieve was my ski. wear decent gear and you don't yardsale.

litespeed74: You don't like kids sitting in the middle of the run...how about getting off the and greens and blues.


exactly. The boarders I run into on the more challenging routes tend to be no worse than other skiers. i only run into idiots in the areas where people of varying skill level mix. moron boarders tend to congregate on the newbie slopes, and the really really hard ones (which are above my current skill level).
 
2013-01-21 06:01:37 PM

litespeed74: My favorite ski group is the Wisconsin,Texan,Kansas, Florida types that congregate right at the entrance to the lift waiting for their 32 friends that caravanned with them to the slopes. How 'bout getting the F out of the F'ing way so people can get to the lift ass clowns.


Yeah, "let's go to the front of the lift line and then stop and wait.  Oh, we'll wave people past us even though we're taking up 75% of the available space, because we're too inconsiderate to wait outside the line"

/ Texan
// But I've been skiing since I was a kid, so I know how it goes.
 
2013-01-21 06:01:43 PM

HotWingAgenda: Kazan: don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between whites and blacks in general - and while my friends who are black are pretty much the same people as my friends who are white, the average black man is not.

/I had to... this is Fark
//flamewar hiding around every corner


troll.
 
2013-01-21 06:01:54 PM

HotWingAgenda: Kazan: don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between whites and blacks in general - and while my friends who are black are pretty much the same people as my friends who are white, the average black man is not.

/I had to... this is Fark
//flamewar hiding around every corner


When was the last time you ever saw a black person on the slopes?

Alpine sports are less diverse than hockey.
 
2013-01-21 06:02:27 PM

Kazan: SmellsLikePoo: Go fark yourselves pretentious asshats.

The mountain is there to be enjoyed RESPECTFULLY AND SAFELY by all. Skiers, snowboards, it doesn't make a bit of difference so long as you are being safe and respecting the other people on the mountain.

/I ski & board, and am sick of ignorant assholes making assumptions


don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between skiers and snowboarders in general - and while my friends who snowboard are pretty much the same people as my friends who ski, the average snowboarder is not.


That is precisely the language the racists use to justify their view points.

You have friends that board, but they are all the exception to the rule?
 
2013-01-21 06:03:33 PM

HotWingAgenda: Kazan: don't call me ignorant when I am talking from experience. There is a huge cultural difference between whites and blacks in general - and while my friends who are black are pretty much the same people as my friends who are white, the average black man is not.

/I had to... this is Fark
//flamewar hiding around every corner


You beat me to it... that really is exactly the broken logic that white supremacists use.
 
2013-01-21 06:04:03 PM

tortilla burger: Being one of those pains in said ass, I usually don't want to be there either.


About the same as the skier who ended up in the terrain after a grooming machine blocked the trail he was planning on using.

/Just passing through guys sorry I'll try to avoid all the features.
 
2013-01-21 06:05:11 PM

tallguywithglasseson: Kazan: just about had a farking snowboarded take me out yesterday.. asshat performed a jump without looking where he was going. had to break so hard that i ended up laying on my side.

I'm just old enough to remember the time before snowboards.

If you took away snowboards, that same asshat would have nearly taken you out by performing a jump without looking... on skis.


This.

I saw my share of "trick skiing" accidents, before the snowboard was unleashed upon the slopes. Snowboards made the accidents easier to perform, and less effort is used to maim, disable, or concuss.
 
2013-01-21 06:08:16 PM

tortilla burger: The barrier is that it's hard to learn how to snowboard without going through some level of pain.

Nobody gets it on their first day, and your ass is black and blue by the end of it. A lot of people try it once and never do it again. With skiing you can ease into it, start with the pizza and work your way up. And now that the skis aren't made of solid lead anymore (I kid, but still they were heavy back in the day), it's not as annoying to carry around.

Plus add the fact that snowboarders generally don't want to hang around a beginner while they eat shiat all day, and there's a significant barrier to entry for new snowboarders.


That's been my experience, FWIW. Snowboarding is hard to pick up but relatively easy to master. Skiiing is easy to pick up but takes a lot longer to become an expert at.


Dick Gozinya: As a snowboarder, i've found that most of the assholes on the slopes tend to be skiers, usually the ones in telemarks.l.


Telly skiiers are the ones that even other skiiers hate.
 
2013-01-21 06:10:29 PM

Kazan: H31N0US: Trouble with showboarding is that too many assholes do it. It is every bit as easy to snowboard responsibly as it is to ski responsibly.

I like snowboarding because if I eat shiat, I roll over and keep going. If I were on skis, I would have to collect my yard sale first. To each their own. Enjoy the mountain and don't be a dick.

i've gotten catapulted onto my face in the pow when a ski tip bit in, only thing i had to retrieve was my ski. wear decent gear and you don't yardsale.


He's sort of got a point.  You can lose both skis and both poles fairly easily (and if you don't, you're not skiing hard enough), spread out across the entire length of that double black you just rolled down.  His board isn't coming off for anything short of a major catastrophe, but even then it's just one piece instead of 4 (well, maybe the shattered remains of his bindings).
But yeah, if you're losing clothing you need to go invest in stuff that fits.  Skiers and snowboarders are equally vulnerable to that.
 
2013-01-21 06:16:19 PM

Kazan: exactly. The boarders I run into on the more challenging routes tend to be no worse than other skiers. i only run into idiots in the areas where people of varying skill level mix. moron boarders tend to congregate on the newbie slopes, and the really really hard ones (which are above my current skill level).


This is a good point. I usually stick to the hardest runs and I rarely have any issues with skiers. The real problem is on the beginner or intermediate runs where I have to watch what everyone else is doing because that whole 'yield the right of way to people in front of you' rule seems to be unknown there.

For the record, I started as a skier before I switched to snowboarding for a new challenge.
 
2013-01-21 06:21:22 PM
Snowboarding is for younger people, and younger people have less money because everything is way more expensive while jobs for younger kids are less available and passes are especially ridiculously expensive.
 
2013-01-21 06:23:55 PM
It's always those skiers eating their New York style pizza and talking on their Android phones!
 
2013-01-21 06:24:55 PM

UberDave: TFA: In the 2003-4 season more than 42 percent of all beginners on the slopes ages 14 and younger started out on a snowboard. The percentage has steadily fallen since then, last season dropping to about 34 percent, according to the ski areas association.


That translates into a 20 percent reduction in the number of dumbfarks sitting in the snow at the top of a lip in the middle of the run and doing nothing.


FTFY
 
2013-01-21 06:29:27 PM

bhcompy: Snowboarding is for younger people, and younger people have less money because everything is way more expensive while jobs for younger kids are less available and passes are especially ridiculously expensive.


Also we haven't had decent snowfall the past two winters.
 
2013-01-21 06:32:25 PM

bhcompy: Snowboarding is for younger people, and younger people have less money because everything is way more expensive while jobs for younger kids are less available and passes are especially ridiculously expensive.


Actually is a very good point, I know in the early 2000s a lot of skibums and snowboardbums would work construction and take the entire winter off, now those jobs are much fewer and pay less.

/was a web developer could manage to take the month of February off and head to the slopes, ahh to be single and childless again.
 
2013-01-21 06:40:08 PM

Thorny4Pie: UberDave: TFA: In the 2003-4 season more than 42 percent of all beginners on the slopes ages 14 and younger started out on a snowboard. The percentage has steadily fallen since then, last season dropping to about 34 percent, according to the ski areas association.


That translates into a 20 percent reduction in the number of dumbfarks sitting in the snow at the top of a lip in the middle of the run and doing nothing.

FTFY


I was at Crested Butte (Crusted Butt) once and headed to those black runs to the left of the high lift.  It was early off season and there were almost no lift lines all day.  I figured the lack of crowds would give me the perfect opportunity fumble down those difficult black runs without much of an audience.  I get to the lip, which had about a 3'+ drop and there were about 20 people just sitting smattered about below the lip.  I had to pick a spot to go down between them.

I wasn't really irritated though.  Being from a place where the tallest land mass within 100 miles or more is the local landfill, I'm just there to enjoy the mountains and take it easy.  I joke in the post I made but really, there are tons of douche bags on the slopes.  If those guys aren't being openly "douchebaggy" then they can sit there all day.  Hell, I was the only one on the damn run besides the boarders.  My second time up I plopped down next to them to take a fiver and one of them said, in a friendly manner, "take a seat!"
 
2013-01-21 06:42:27 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7547768/82035178#c82035178" target="_blank">antidisestablishmentarianism</a>:</b> <i>bhcompy: Snowboarding is for younger people, and younger people have less money because everything is way more expensive while jobs for younger kids are less available and passes are especially ridiculously expensive.

Also we haven't had decent snowfall the past two winters.</i>

At least where I'm at we've had as well as we make our own snow when we don't
 
2013-01-21 06:49:23 PM
This skiers vs. snowboarders debate seems like serious business.
 
2013-01-21 06:54:12 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7547768/82034853#c82034853" target="_blank">SmellsLikePoo</a>:</b> <i>That is precisely the language the racists use to justify their view points.

You have friends that board, but they are all the exception to the rule?</i>

Chosen Activity != Genetics, get back under your bridge..

<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7547768/82034845#c82034845" target="_blank">max_pooper</a>:</b> <i>When was the last time you ever saw a black person on the slopes?</i>

yesterday. PNW slopes are a little more diverse.

<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7547768/82034955#c82034955" target="_blank">serial_crusher</a>:</b> <i>Kazan: H31N0US: Trouble with showboarding is that too many assholes do it. It is every bit as easy to snowboard responsibly as it is to ski responsibly.

I like snowboarding because if I eat shiat, I roll over and keep going. If I were on skis, I would have to collect my yard sale first. To each their own. Enjoy the mountain and don't be a dick.

i've gotten catapulted onto my face in the pow when a ski tip bit in, only thing i had to retrieve was my ski. wear decent gear and you don't yardsale.

He's sort of got a point.  You can lose both skis and both poles fairly easily (and if you don't, you're not skiing hard enough), spread out across the entire length of that double black you just rolled down.  His board isn't coming off for anything short of a major catastrophe, but even then it's just one piece instead of 4 (well, maybe the shattered remains of his bindings).
But yeah, if you're losing clothing you need to go invest in stuff that fits.  Skiers and snowboarders are equally vulnerable to that.</i>

true.. i just don't do runs fast enough to yardsale. I am not in a race :D
 
2013-01-21 06:58:02 PM
A lot of you seem to be unaware that snowboarders and skiers called a truce some time in the late 90s.

I ski a lot. I see just as many idiots and assholes on two planks as I see on one.

If snowboarding is losing popularity, I would guess its because skiing culture finally got over itself. Snowboarding is no longer the way kids rage against "The Man" because skiers can now wear whatever they want, can drop into half pipes, etc.
 
2013-01-21 07:01:05 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7547768/82035542#c82035542" target="_blank">Now That's What I Call a Taco!</a>:</b> <i>A lot of you seem to be unaware that snowboarders and skiers called a truce some time in the late 90s.

I ski a lot. I see just as many idiots and assholes on two planks as I see on one.

If snowboarding is losing popularity, I would guess its because skiing culture finally got over itself. Snowboarding is no longer the way kids rage against "The Man" because skiers can now wear whatever they want, can drop into half pipes, etc.</i>

I was neutral on the entire skiiers vs snowboarders thing, until i got experiencing interacting with both groups.
 
2013-01-21 07:03:01 PM
why the fark is the HTML in my comments (from the Quote button) not working right......
 
2013-01-21 07:04:26 PM
I am a summer person. I would do neither. Can't wait to go swimming again.
 
2013-01-21 07:22:38 PM
Meh.

People are probably switching to skiing because the technology has improved massively over the past ten years, making it more fun.

Fatties and reverse camber skis can greatly improve performance in powder up to the kind of "floating" you'd get on a snowboard.

Then there are decent hybrids. My Salomon BBRs look really weird, but, damn, they're pretty good on everything except moguls, where they're only okay.

Then you have snowboards, which are essentially the same now as they were ten years ago except for tweaks in the material.
 
2013-01-21 07:29:22 PM
I've had both skiers and snowboarders almost crash into me as they recklessly zoomed by in their extra long, down to their knees hoodie.

At least helmets are considered "cool" these days.
 
2013-01-21 07:40:50 PM
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2013-01-21 07:49:57 PM
Yes.... Yes they have.

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2013-01-21 07:50:27 PM
I guess you can count me in as one of those who are tired of snowboarding. Started skiing when I was 5, and did so until 15 or so. I've been snowboarding since then, so about 13 years, but will be buying new skis at the end of this year. Gotta get them deals, you know?

Why am I switching back? I guess I just got bored of snowboarding. I consider myself an above-average snowboarder, but I was never the best two planker wanker. I want to face the challenge of trying to improve. Also, it's a little easier in the backcountry. Put your skins on and giver.
 
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