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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by waterbaby View Post
    oops, I didn't even bother to check where you live...I just thought you were an east coaster, like most on here. Anyway then, yeah, you know exactly what I talking about. Snowboarding out of bounds in 2-3 feet of fresh snow over a 5 ft or so base is as close as one is going to get to the exhilaration of surfing...and it's actually very close.

    If you think it's bad up in oregon, we have it exponentially worse down here in california's sierra nevada. The glades are all melted and dry. Only thing we have is man made "snowh®" on a few trails. The only reason I'd go up in these conditions is to pick up my season pass (gonna lose money on that one) and/or try out a new groomer board.
    Yeah, just moved here 2 months ago for a job near the coast. The winter surf is more often than not too big for my ability, but we get enough days here and there where it gets down to chest/head high that I can get out somewhat regularly. And when it's perfect it's really perfect. Certainly not enough powder to make up for my lack of getting out. It's all dumping on the east coast. Right after I left. I've still got spring and fall...I hear it's mush small and crowded in summer.

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybrews View Post
    In short: I'm a skier turned snowboarder, took up surfing shortly after snowboarding, had to give surfing up for a few years when I moved inland and only got back into it within the past few years of living near ocean waves again.

    Well, I went snowboarding the other day and it was fun, but it wasn't even close to as much as I enjoy surfing. For the first time to me, snowboarding just felt like a half-assed attempt at surfing on something that isn't water or a wave. The ride just isn't that fluid, smooth feel of working the rails of a surfboard.

    And then I see terrain like moguls that I remember used to be very fun and fluid on skis. But I don't bother with them at all anymore because they suck on a snowboard. I had a fun day, but I almost feel like I want to take up skiing again to enjoy the mountains more, and scratch the surfing itch with just good ol' surfing.

    I'm at a point where I need to buy a new snowboard, and am contemplating just going with skis and relearning what I've forgotten. Anyone else just ski for the mountains and surf for the waves?
    Good call about going back to skiing. Keep the two sports separate sort of like you said. Skiing allows you to do so much more when on the Ice Coast. Bumps, woods, etc. are all much more fun on skis. I'd argue that skis are better in the terrain parks with the only exception being rails. I avoid rails.

    Skis are for mountains.

    Boards (without wheels) are for water.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Atom View Post
    Good call about going back to skiing. Keep the two sports separate sort of like you said. Skiing allows you to do so much more when on the Ice Coast. Bumps, woods, etc. are all much more fun on skis. I'd argue that skis are better in the terrain parks with the only exception being rails. I avoid rails.

    Skis are for mountains.

    Boards (without wheels) are for water.
    Yeah. Leaning towards that. Plus there are still a lot of great ski-only mountains I wouldn't get to experience otherwise. I remember seeing Alta from Snowbird's mineral basin years ago and being a bit sad they wouldn't let me play over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattybrews View Post
    Yeah. Leaning towards that. Plus there are still a lot of great ski-only mountains I wouldn't get to experience otherwise. I remember seeing Alta from Snowbird's mineral basin years ago and being a bit sad they wouldn't let me play over there.
    I know...talk about Old-School. Mad River Glen in VT is the same way.