In the 90s the only conversation that anybody had in the world of winter sports was the snowboarding vs. skiing debate. Every single person had a fervent opinion on the subject apparently based loosely on something they thought they’d overheard someone say, one time in the pub. Over the years though, things have become more and more subdued as everyone slowly got a grip. Today the only people who still cling on to the hate are the occasional clueless punter (inevitably wearing a faded one-piece and rocking a pair of monstrously long straight-edge skis) who has somehow skipped an entire decade without noticing. Today there’s a whole generation of skiing and snowboarding kids that have no idea they should have an incredibly strong and misplaced opinion on the topic based on whether they happened to be given a snowboard or a pair of skis by Santa.
We wondered why everything had gone quiet and decided it was time to rehash this debate one more time. To spice things up we also decided that this time we’d actually look at the facts…Sources:
National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) data via the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)
For all those people who were still feverishly holding on to the grudge this will be a sad day, because now both sides are essentially the same group of fair-weather upper-middle class old men. To be honest, even we were taken aback when we saw just how mainstream snowboarding has become.
Presumably that fight started when they both realised that they had embarrassingly turned up in the same outfit.
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