^good point. That's another thing I love about resort snowboarding: no "paddling" back up the mtn
however, I do think hiking (especially in powder), is more a lot tiring than paddling. You gotta hike up, with low oxygen, quite a long way to get a long/satisfying ride down...repeat. With surfing, even if I get a 5 second ride with two skashes and/or a barrel, I'm stoked.
speaking of which, it's dumping at my local mtn right now. Supposed to get over a foot within the next 2 days. Sure would be nice to have one of those (rare) kick-ass deep early seasons
since i work m-f/9-5 i'd rather surf clean winter waves, even log if its small, then drive 2 hours on a weekened to fight crowds on a small PA mountain. after i went out to visit a friend who moved to utah twice, and was a 10 min walk from the canyons, i think i retired from snowboarding PA/NJ (i am sure i will unretire in a few years).
Mountains hands down for now,I don't have to worry about glowing in the dark after a session.:eek:
Hate snow, so I stick to surfing. They are also two completely different animals. Anyone can snowboard after very short time on the slope. Not everyone can catch a wave their first day out.