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The Different between Skiing and Snowboardingfrom: Maxx Adventure Travel
The two most popular activities people do on during the winter months are skiing and snowboarding. Those who observe these sports from afar might say they're probably the same, and it's just a matter of different equipment. However, while there are many similarities between the two, a whole world of difference sets them apart.
The only similarity between skiing and snowboarding is that they both require downhill slopes and, of course, snow. Afterwards, so many different events are involved with the two. First and foremost is the equipment needed: skiing needs skis and snowboarding needs snowboards. This major difference in turn is a major distinction with the way either sports are done -- snowboarders need to adapt a squatting and sitting stance while skiers are always in an upright stance.
Skiing places more pressure on the knees than snowboarding, and thus there are more knee injuries among skiers than among snowboarders, which is why skiers are required to protect their knees more than snowboarders. On the other hand, snowboarding places more pressure on the wrists compared to skiing and thus snowboarders are required to wear wrist guards.
The absence of poles makes it difficult for snowboarders to go through flat areas and this also makes it difficult for them to easily stand upright. With skiing, however, poles help skiers move even on flat surfaces as well as prop them up during stationary moments. Many people, however, find ski poles quite annoying to lug around, thus they prefer the freedom of snowboarding.
Snowboarding works well with soft snow, which is loose and powdery. On the other hand, skiing works best with ice and bumps for easier glideing. Thus there are certain slopes better for snowboarding and there are others better for skiing, depending on the snow condition.
While recovering from a fall is quite difficult in both sports, it's actually easier to get up from a snowboard once you master the skill. With skiing, getting up after falling from your skis is such a daunting task for both beginners and experts alike.
Skiing and snowboarding are almost totally different sports as a lot sets them apart. However, both activities can be fun and exciting and thus both are quite worthwhile.