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When you compare skiing and snowboarding you have to take every aspect of the two into consideration. When skiing, you have two boards (one for both feet) and two poles (one for both hands). You ski with your body going straight down the mountain. When snowboarding all you have is one big board that is attached to both of your feet, and you are going sideways down the mountain. When you ski the boards and the poles help in keeping yourself balanced while going down the hill, but when you snowboard you have to balance yourself because your feet are not as free.
Most of the time, the older generation skis, while the younger generation snowboards. There are more snowboarding competitions than there are skiing ones. Snowboarding seems more as a competitive sport than skiing, because when you ski it is more relaxing and slow paced. Snowboarders tend to go off big jumps and do a lot of tricks while the skiers stay grounded most of the time, but not always. Skiing is the safer of the two because of the fact that your legs are separated and you have two poles to help keep yourself up.
When you snowboard you only have your hands to catch yourself but your legs will be more bound. When skiing, you are always more upright but when snowboarding you have to be more crouched down to help balance. It is much easier to get up after a fall when you are snowboarding. They are both fun, but a lot different than each other.
The alps are a popular winter travel destination. Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and other winter activities abound throughout the mountainous area. The Alps are shared among many countries, including Austria, France, German, Italy and Switzerland. Whether you are looking for a family vacation or are more adventurous and enjoy mountaineering and extreme skiing, you will find something for every one in this area.
Family Resorts in the Alps
Many resorts throughout the area cater to families. In these resorts, families with children make up the bulk of their business. There is plenty for both parents and children to enjoy. Horse drawn sleigh rides, skiing and snowboarding are popular family activities. Just about all family resorts offer ski instruction especially for children as well as adult lessons for mom and dad. Some offer night skiing, either nightly or on certain evenings during the week.
After a day of skiing, parents can enjoy the sauna and Jacuzzi, while children enjoy the variety of play areas and activities geared especially for them. If mom and dad want an evening alone, many resorts offer babysitting services. Many family resorts are low tech and don’t have internet access or video games, but some do have these features available. Many families enjoy the low tech atmosphere, which encourages children to enjoy the outdoors and other activities offered.