Scott Robarge is an experienced senior recruiting professional who has served tenures as a manager and recruiter salesforce.com and part of the talent team with Greylock Partners. He has served as a founding principal with Another8 since 2010. In his free time, Scott Robarge enjoys both skiing and snowboarding.
Newcomers to the slopes are often unsure whether to choose skis or a snowboard. The right decision depends on a number of factors, including how quickly one wants to move through the various stages of skills development.
Conventional wisdom among winter sports enthusiasts holds that skiing is easier to learn but more difficult to master, while snowboarding is more difficult to learn but easier to master. In other words, skiing provides more immediate enjoyment for newcomers during their first day or two on the slopes. This holds true for two main reasons: because skis allow novices to separate their legs, they can throw one foot outward on either side to aid in balance. Further, skiing takes place in a straightforward body position that provides maximum peripheral vision on both sides.
Alternately, although they may initially be hindered by their inability to separate their legs, snowboarders ultimately regard this “hindrance” as an advantage. This is because crossing skis can have disastrous effects that snowboarders need not fear. It may take multiple days to figure out how to ride on the snowboard’s heel and toe edges, but after beginners learn this fundamental technique, they can begin to master difficult tricks relatively quickly.