Every year more and more snow videos come out with snowboarders and skiers sharing the same screen. The ski-shred combo videos have become so widespread, in fact, that snowboarders have taken notice of the trend, even though it has nothing to do with skateboarding.
When the Alaska snow film troupe DOOM/love released the teaser to "My Alaska" (above), its upcoming contribution to the burgeoning equal-opportunity genre, shred site YoBeat.com was moved to wonder, "Is it time to put past differences aside...and just accept our two-planked snow sliding brethren?" and weigh the pros and cons of fully integrating our respective communities.
Since snowboarders have begun publicly considering this issue now, it is rather likely that we skiers will begin considering the same issue in one or two years. In the interest of getting the ball rolling more quickly than that, I have offered below a run-down of what to look forward to, and what to look out for, as you consider forging your own intersport friendships.
|Befriending Boarders: The Bros & Cons|
|Bro: You can help each other brainstorm names for new tricks.||Con: "K-Fed" is silly enough without adding "Roast Beef" to our trick glossary. And how many different things can you really use the word "blunt" for?|
|Bro: Buying your new friends' used outerwear will keep you a full year ahead of ski clothing trends.||Con: Being able to buy next year's ski outerwear used from snowboarders undercuts ski companies in the clothing business.|
|Bro: Being the only skier in a group of snowboarders makes it easy to tell Ski Patrol that they've got the wrong guy.||Con: Your friends might start to think you're a narc. But you're a skier, so what else is new?|
|Bro: You'll no longer have to read magazines to stay up on skateboarding trends just watch and listen to your new friends.||Con: You might end up wearing feathers in your hair for a while.|
|Bro: Increasing your friendship pool will expand your network of professional contacts and improve your chances of getting a job someday.||Con: How long can all those glove and t-shirt companies really stay in business for?|
|Bro: Your new friends will be surprised and impressed to find out that you skateboard, too.||Con: You'll have to keep secretly wishing that you were rollerblading instead.|
|Bro: Your problems at school, at your job, and with your parents will never have looked as superficial as they do now.||Con: You might end up wearing feathers in your hair for a while.|