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Many strong opinions exist on which is better for you to do, if you are keen to go out and get a dose of snow. Find out which one is best for your health and performance, when you go head to head skiing versus snowboarding.

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Skiing and snowboarding are ways of moving over snow with feet attached to the board. These two snow activities are practiced mostly as recreation or professional sport.

Skiing is a sport that uses a pair of skis to move over snow. The skis are bound to boots and its progress is one foot at a time. While snowboarding involves traveling on snow on a single snowboard attached to boots. The idea of skateboarding was taken from surfing, skiing and skateboarding.

LEARNING DIFFICULTY

Skiing is easier to learn for a beginner since it permits movements of both legs. Snowboarding on the other hand, is relatively harder as you need the entire body to navigate.

Skiing uses poles to assist skiers as they move downhill or uphill and these poles support them when they are in an upright position. It is important for snowboard riders to frequently seat themselves and exert more effort to remain on edge when they are at a stop.

Both the skier and snowboarder hold the same kind of skill but with respect to sheer velocity, skiing earns a supremacy over snowboarding. Fact, skiers are faster than snowboarders.

THE EQUIPMENT USED

Skiing uses a pair of skis appended to boots by way of binding. Snowboarding on the other hand, uses a snowboard attached to the foot of the rider by means of a special boot.

For beginners, snowboard boots are easier to walk around than ski boots. Another plus factor is the convenience of carrying a single snowboard rather than a pair of skis and poles.

Skiers will be pleased they have their poles on the slopes, as they use them to push themselves past those snowboarders on the flatter parts of the mountain. And it is easier to head off after getting off a lift, as skiers pass weave their way around snowboarders who need to strap in.

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TYPES AND STYLES

Skiing has these types and styles:

• Alpine Freestyle — uses aerial acrobatics and jibbling
• Freestyle / Newschool — it has trick like twin tip, flips, spins and more.
• Freesking / Freeride — this type is doe in steeper slopes, cliffs etc.
• Nordic Skiing — commonly known as Cross Country skiing.
• Nordic Jumping — known as ski flying and ski jumping.
• Kite Skiing — the person is skiing while being carried or pulled by kite, hang glider or parasail
• Paraskiing — this is done after jumping off from a plane or starting at a high altitude.
• Adaptive Skiing — done with skiers with disabilities.
• Dry-slope Skiing — done on artificial snow or dry snow.

Snowboarding has this style and types:

• Jibbing and Rail riding — snowboarders jump over rails and obstacles.
• Free riding — this is basically riding down any terrain.
• Dry Slope — experience snowboarding over man made slopes for the purpose during summer or in places where there is no snow.
• Freestyle — rider make use of manmade obstacles and terrain features to perform tricks and jumps.
• Free carve — is also known as alpine snowboarding where riders ride over hard packed snow and the focus is on carving turns.

EFFECT ON THE BODY

Skiing moderately affects the knees more compared to snowboarding. Injuries and accidents related to know and broken bones exist largely in skiing.

Meanwhile, snowboarding is more harmful to the wrists.
Skis can be maneuvered on bumps and ice, but a fall is likely to injure the knees as mentioned earlier. Snowboards navigate better in powder and crud and again might sustain injuries to the wrists.

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