The Knuggledragger vs. Sissy Sticks Debate

Representing the snowboarders of the world, The Gourd On A Board himself, S2B:

And on the other side of the snow sport controversy, proudly defending her two planks, Mama:

We went to the mountains today, despite my continued abdominal distress. Hey, nothing should get in the way of hanging out with your son, right? That’s what I think too.

I rented some shaped skis for the first time (my Rossignols were created in the 80’s and have performed well for years, but there’s a time and place for new technology). The guy in the shop asked what length skis I wanted and his jaw dropped when I told him that I normally ski on 195s. Apparently, the new styles don’t even come in that length and even the 6’3″ guys are given 180s. I was beginning to feel awfully “Old School” (emphasis on “Old”), but he sounded impressed when he said “I guess you really know your way around a pair of skis.” It was a badge of honor back in the day when I could handle 195s comfortably. But times, they change. I accepted my 170s from him and had a blast on the slopes. They do essentially carve the turn for you, although I noticed that a hard stop is not as easy with the radical sidecuts.

The Stewball did a great job cruising the blue runs. This is only his second time up this season (and I think only his 3rd time ever?), and I was impressed.


We tossed verbal jabs at each other (playfully, of course) throughout the evening and had a great time, just the two of us. Weather was most cooperative in terms of sunshine and lack of precipitation. Slopes were a little icy, but not bad.

While I remain doubtful that we shall ever reach agreement on which sport is better, I do know that S2B has found a use for skiers. On the flat spots, Mama extended a ski pole to Stewb and, with her ‘skier skating ability’, served as a most acceptable taxi service across those pesky plateaus.

No Responses to “The Knuggledragger vs. Sissy Sticks Debate”

  1. Greg and Jamie
    January 29, 2007 at 8:08 pm #

    Awwww schucks…thanks, guys!

  2. Anonymous
    January 29, 2007 at 5:04 pm #

    You have no idea Rob! I’ll second the sentiment.g

  3. rob
    January 29, 2007 at 9:53 am #

    What agreat Mom you are! long may you reign!

  4. Anonymous
    January 28, 2007 at 10:07 am #

    Well, I’m for the two sticks, but I’m pretty impressed with Stewbie’s abilitity on the board. What a fabulous day to be in the mountains! C.

  5. Anonymous
    January 28, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    Skiers rule!!! I’ll make an exception for you Stewb. Glad you guys had a fun time. g