I agree with you. . . when I'm on my board in some sick pow there is no place I'd rather be. Fortunately I feel the same way on my skis. Its fun to be able to bounce around from the two "modalities" and know you can rip the same lines either way. Snowboarding has allowed me to see the hill differently. Instead of rippin the fall line you can sorta play with it more. The new wide skis (95mm and up) really allow for big carves and speed just like a board.
In order to be relevant, I guess I should address the topic. Snowshoeing definately limits your day to modest ascents, so splitting is the way to go if your deadset on riding. Voile makes a good product as I'm sure some of the other compainies do. I wouldn't mind having one for nice weather days when I don't have to be out of my gloves for 7 minutes smutzin with ice and metal. It's always a little hard and pretty painful watching your friends struggle with the transformation. Most you folk who have good equipment and experience can do it pretty quick though.
Here's my perfect world: Sledding and snowboarding go together well. They are both kinda redneck and fun as hell. You get lots of vert with no touring. Of course sleds are dirty as hell and breakdown all the time so sometimes you gotta resort to car shuttling, the resorts or "earnin the turnin". I guess what I'm sayin is that instead of wasting precious energy on always having to ride, give skiing a shot. It's fun. You'll see parts of the hill that you may have never seen.
I Still hate skiers though
Originally Posted by krashhadley
Sure AT skiing is sick, but even the efficiency can't beat sweet pow turns on a board.