Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Benson Christiansen, Staff Writer

Snowboarding and skiing are exciting winter sports and the season has just begun. When many begin thinking about starting one of these sports they wonder which to choose. Here are the facts about each to help anyone make the difficult decision.

In snowboarding everyone has a dominant side they prefer, left foot forward is standard and right foot forward is called goofy. When snowboarding, one goes down the hill primarily staying on the edges of the board. Snowboarding is slower than skiing but still goes up to around 125mph at top speed while averaging around 25-35 mph. Snowboarding is considered harder to get the hang of but easier to become very good at. Some of the snowboarders at the school are Katelyn Merten (who also likes to ski), Ollie Buer, Benson Christiansen, and Hannah Christiansen to name a few.

On the other hand, skis come in all sizes ranging from about 25 inches to around 1820 feet 10 inches long (this was ridden by 170 people at once), but when a skier is just getting started, they will want their skis to be about his or her height. To speed up one merely has to point both skis downhill parallel to each other while to slow down one must point their toes together and push their heels out, or someone could turn sideways and go down the hill on the edges. Skiing is slightly faster than snowboarding clocking in at a whopping 157 mph with the average speed being about 10-20 mph. Skiing is considered to be easier to get the hang of and harder to become very good at. The Beckwith family loves skiing along with the Larsons. Spencer Larson is a strong supporter of both.