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  1. #11
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    Aug 2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanna View Post
    this^ between lift tickets, lodge prices, accomodations etc, the cost of skiing spiraled out of control long ago, particularly for a family of any size. if i'm gonna spend a couple of hundred $'s a day, might as well hop a plane and go surfing somewhere warm.
    whoever it was that told you that enjoying the high country in the mountains requires $$$ was lying to you. it might be (ok, a lot) harder in the east but hiking/snowshoeing or skinning up hills/mountains and then riding down is FREE and you can do it over and over again. how much would you surf if you had to pay to ride aqualifts to get outside? paddling out=skinning up. it's all free if you're willing to work for it...

  2. #12
    ^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.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by cresto4 View Post
    whoever it was that told you that enjoying the high country in the mountains requires $$$ was lying to you. it might be (ok, a lot) harder in the east but hiking/snowshoeing or skinning up hills/mountains and then riding down is FREE and you can do it over and over again. how much would you surf if you had to pay to ride aqualifts to get outside? paddling out=skinning up. it's all free if you're willing to work for it...
    i could also paddle to Costa Rica. the trip would be free if i was willing to work for it.

  4. #14
    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

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    snowboarding in powder is almost as good, imo.
    The never ending wave. It's how Gerry Lopez get's his fix these days.

  6. #16
    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).

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by leethestud View Post
    The never ending wave. It's how Gerry Lopez get's his fix these days.
    true. I read somewhere Gerry lives in Bend, Oregon these days...wonder if he still even surfs (laird doesn't)

    Quote Originally Posted by rvb View Post
    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).
    never snowboarded on the east coast, but, from what I've seen on YouTube, I wouldn't even bother there. Mostly small mtns and resorts, low vertical, crowded, too icy, trees too tight (if not roped off entirely), not enough deep powder days...yeah, I'd just surf
    Last edited by waterbaby; Oct 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM.

  8. #18
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    Sep 2009
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    Strictly surf............

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    Monmouth County
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    Mountains hands down for now,I don't have to worry about glowing in the dark after a session.

  10. #20
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    Jun 2011
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    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.