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There is an age old debate when it comes to winter sports, skiing versus snowboarding! The die-hards from each sport will try telling you why theirs is superior, but the truth of the matter is, they can both be great fun and is more down to personal preference. In this blog post we will look at some of the differences to help you make your mind up.

Skiing – The classic snow based sport conjures up images of James Bond majestically gliding down the slopes avoiding enemies, or depicts the sophisticated set in their snazzy alpine gear. Snowboarders will also try and tell you that the sport isn’t cool but despite what they might think, Skiing is enjoyed all over the world by people of all ages. In fact if you are looking for the faster of two sports, skiers can achieve much faster top speeds than snowboarders. Skiing is regarded as the sport that offers the better workout, but mainly for the lower body. Both sports are seen as hard to pick up for beginners, but with skiing, if you have some good lessons, you should get the basics within a few days.

Snowboarding is often seen as for younger crowd, with super stars like Shaun White making it exciting and popular. But the truth is beginners are very likely to fall over on their bums of forward on their hands, skiing does help slightly with falling over as you have poles to steady yourself. Snowboarding is actually said to be slightly quicker to pick up than skiing due to it requiring less coordination. When it comes to snowboarding and getting a workout, the sports works more areas than skiing including your abs and lower back but this is not as intense as Skiing.

Whichever of the two sports you choose, you are sure to have the time of your life out in the open air enjoying the natural beauty that these resorts offer visitors.

If you are a solo traveller and want to go skiing why not consider Singles Skiing Holidays with a specialist travel company. They can help you learn the basics and introduce you to other beginners who you can share the experience with.

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