Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter activities that allow families to experience the outdoors and enjoy spectacular views. While both offer varying levels of difficulty, they’re better suited to different skillsets. If you’re considering booking a snowboarding or ski trip in the coming months, understanding both sports will help you pick the best one for you and your loved ones. Here’s what to know.
Skiing requires two long boards for each foot and a set of poles to help maintain control. Each ski features straps you wrap around your feet for stability. To ski, you must bend your knees slightly and keep your legs parallel, using the poles to change course.
Since this option uses supports, it’s more child- and beginner-friendly. You can use the poles to slow down and enjoy a gentle, slower slide down the slopes. You also face forward the entire time and get to move your legs freely, so skiing is typically easier to get the hang of than snowboarding.
Snowboarding uses a single board you stand on with both feet, placing each foot on opposite ends and riding sideways. It requires special boots that fit into the board’s holders. Balance is key for this sport, as there are no supporting poles. You must keep your weight centered and use your arms to change direction, twisting your body to navigate the slopes.
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, this might be the best choice for you. Snowboarding is often done on powdery, uneven snow, which creates slight bumps that are fun to navigate. Using the board will also be familiar if you have experience skateboarding or surfing.
If you’re interested in joining a future snowboarding or ski trip, reach out to Urban Sherpa Travel of New York City. For over 25 years, this charter service has provided convenient transportation around New York and New Jersey. They offer rides and equipment for families embarking on single- and multi-day adventures in Hunter and Windham mountains. Skiing and snowboarding equipment is also available for children. Learn about upcoming ski trips on their website, or call (917) 692-5222 to book a ride.