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A recent article from the Boston Globe reported that, after so many years of growth, snowboarding is on the decline.

Snowboards were credited with saving ski resorts during the 1990s and opening the slopes to people that would not normally have strapped on planks. That being said, one country where snowboarding has continued it's upward trajectory and grown in strength is South Korea, where the mix is 70% snowboarders to 30% skiers, in complete reverse to most current world figures. 

Snowboarding on the decline? Not in the Republic of Korea!

At the 1st Euro-Asia Ski Resort conference held in Kazakhstan this year Mr Jun Park, Managing Director of YongPyong, was asked why he thought the ratio of snowboarders to skiers was so high in Korea. Mr Park's response was that he thought it was largely due to a younger generation making use of their recreation time and snowboarding still being perceived as on trend with that demographic. Generational change could see the next bunch of kids rebelling against their stick Mums and Dads to drop on planks. Studies have shown that snowboarders tend to drop off after they hit forty, where wearying limbs search for a gentler thrill. Let's face it, downhill snow sports are taxing and snowboarding can slam even the most durable athlete with maximum punishment.

Stick or planks? Who cares, as long as you can hang out with your family and friends, enjoy your days on the ski slopes and do what you love for as long as you can. For the record, I am a 41 year old male snowboarder and, yes, I am considering taking up cross country skiing when I hit fifty. Let's see how that one pans out!

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