According to a new study, snowboarding is considered to be less deadly than skiing, meaning that all of the people who like to ski on their vacations are taking a big risk, while snowboarders are the safe ones.
A professor has concluded that snowboarders, though more likely to get injured, are the third less likely to die on the slopes than normal skiers. The battle on the slopes between skiers and snowboarders is a long running battle. This new study is sure to just add more fuel to the fire.
Research done by the National Ski Areas Association in the United States claims that they have finally settled the question on which is less risky, snowboarding or skiing. A professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Jasper Shealy, has studied this question for 40 years. He has now concluded that while snowboarders are about 50 to 70 percent more likely to get hurt, they are a third less likely to get killed when hitting the slopes.
According to reports, most of the skiing deaths are due to collisions with fixed objects, with the skier going at a relatively high speed. The lower injury count for skiing is due to advances in safety releasing equipment. Back in the 1970s, broken legs were very common because skies would often not come off at the right time. This kind of injury is almost non-existent now.
Jasper Shealy went on to say that, when a snowboard rider falls, the edge of the snowboard drags in the snow. It acts like a brake. However, it also causes fractures. Either way it is looked at, snowboarders are less likely to die on the slopes than skiers.