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  • #674810
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    This article really doesn’t add anything to it. Snowboarding is not going to die off. No way.

    The only point I agree with is the marketing of snowboarding. It really is just focused on kids leaving us older types out. A lot of people do lose interest when everything is marketed at kids, park rats, and people pushing the limits. That is something skiing figured out.

    #674811
    802smuggler
    369 Posts

    @killclimbz wrote:

    This article really doesn’t add anything to it. Snowboarding is not going to die off. No way.

    The only point I agree with is the marketing of snowboarding. It really is just focused on kids leaving us older types out. A lot of people do lose interest when everything is marketed at kids, park rats, and people pushing the limits. That is something skiing figured out.

    It seems like there are starting to be more tiny rippers on the slopes. For the longest time, people started their kids on skis. With the riglet boards, it already appears there are more snowboarding families out there getting some. This could be a good image in comparison to all the other stuff. And in the splitworld, there are literally 100 more boards, 10 more binding setups, etc, than there were even 3 years ago. Can’t tell me that part of the market isn’t growing.

    #674812
    tiltedworld
    406 Posts

    @802smuggler wrote:

    @killclimbz wrote:

    This article really doesn’t add anything to it. Snowboarding is not going to die off. No way.

    The only point I agree with is the marketing of snowboarding. It really is just focused on kids leaving us older types out. A lot of people do lose interest when everything is marketed at kids, park rats, and people pushing the limits. That is something skiing figured out.

    It seems like there are starting to be more tiny rippers on the slopes. For the longest time, people started their kids on skis. With the riglet boards, it already appears there are more snowboarding families out there getting some. This could be a good image in comparison to all the other stuff.

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    The future of snowboarding at 5. I absolutely love the looks, comments, expressions she gets on the hill railing past skiers 3x her size.

    But – and I wrote this to a skier friend who pointed me to the article – “The BIG thing the article misses is that none of the resorts are incentivized to teach the littlest kids. its NOT because the kids can’t do it, its because its very UNPROFITABLE to have 2x the instructors to guide the groms through the first phases versus one instructor and 2X the kids in a ski lesson. Its as simple as that! Burton has been nibbling at this with the Riglet parks and now school gym class dryland programs, but they and the other large OEMs need to invest at the resort level to make sure there are new riders and for the rider parents to see it is not “necessary” to start them on skis, no matter how young. You see how hard it’s been to get Keira coaching we fought to get it at N* and Squaw was hesitant until seeing her ride (sort of like the late-80s all over again). Yet everyone at Squaw knows her now and you’ve seen firsthand how many people stop us to tell us how awesome it is to see a little one absolutely ripping at her age.

    Lastly, snowboarders typically ride more days per season than than skiers. Case in point, I have 17 days so far in a season with no snow – a lot of skiers I know haven’t even used their pass yet. Snowboarding isn’t going anywhere….”

    #674813
    Taylor
    792 Posts

    I’ve been riding since 1983, it’s still my favorite thing in the world to do. I grew up doing all three–snowboard, alpine and tele, but gave up skiing 20 years ago. Less fun.

    The hyper-corporate X-Games teen-targeted marketing juggernaut of the early 1990s sucked–it dragged snowboarding in an unfortunate direction not its own.

    Here’s where the author misinterprets the evidence: The fact that resort and industry numbers are sagging doesn’t signal a sport in decline, it shows snowboarding culture in recovery.

    Finally.

    Shrugging off the X-Games hangover, snowboarding is in the midst of a long-overdue and brilliant renaissance. But that’s hard to see through the cork-bottle lenses of hater goggles.

    @sun_rocket

    #674814
    shesplits
    32 Posts

    “…snowboarding is fun. And, ultimately, that’s all that matters.”

    That sentence should have been the entire article.

    Get back in your box, keep thinking your sport is better and we will probably do the same.

    #674815
    davidr
    102 Posts

    @saign wrote:

    The owner of Crystal mtns wife, Kim Kircher who is a ski patroller on the mtn wrote a post about this, and how inefficient snowboarding is, and how it was going to die blah blah blah. It looks like she backtracked a bit after sounding like an alta ski nazi

    http://kimkircher.com/2013/02/14/reality/

    I can’t believe she had a chance to interview Robb Gaffney and only talked about the movie GNAR.

    #674816
    Zude
    367 Posts

    Well its snowing again down here in AZ, so i’ll be out slowly and inefficiently enjoying pow soon :P. Hopefully i can avoid any super efficient assholes, while a slash and spray my way down..

    #674817
    geargoyle
    2 Posts

    Written by a former “passionate skier”. Too funny.
    Smells of a cleverly disguised Corncheese Kookattack!

    #674818
    802bushpilot
    5 Posts
    #674819
    Yoda
    264 Posts
    #674820
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    ^^ Imma decorate my Whiteroom!

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    #674821
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    More anti-snurf douchbaggery from here in Utah… I laughed out loud where the guy claims to have introduced 4000 people to snowboarding since around 1974… :scratch:

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=968&sid=28598310&fm=most_popular

    [edit] I suppose this should of went in the Alta lawsuit thread, but I figured this guy was being so pissy if fit here as well.

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    #674822
    mar123
    370 Posts

    it goes like this:

    surfing>skateboarding>snowboarding
    That is blood, family, tied together by sacred bond, a deep soulful culture which will never die. 😀 😀 😀 :thumpsup: :thumpsup: :thumpsup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :clap: :clap: :clap: 8) 8) 8) :bananas: :bananas: :bananas: :disco: :disco: :disco: :rock: :rock: :rock:

    #674823
    JTMaine
    29 Posts

    As an older surfer/kiter/splitter, I’ve long since given up paying attention to what is written about these activities. I’m sure I’ve been uncool, then cool, then uncool again without even knowing it in the past 20 years. Or maybe I’ve been uncool the whole time!

    My 9yr old daughter started skiing when she was 3, and now she’s taking up snowboarding. I’m thrilled–but not because it’s snowboarding. I’m thrilled because she wants to learn something new that looks like fun to her. I’m hoping she’ll try tele-skiing too someday, for the same reason.

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