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Who skis better, women or men?

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Race times of professional male skiers are usually faster, and male snowboarders generally go higher in halfpipe contests than their female counterparts.

But when regular folks ski and ride on Vail Mountain, who skis and snowboards better, men or women?

“What kind of a question is that?” asked Cindy Krieg, of Avon.

Well, not everyone approved of the question Sunday, but to some men and women, the answer was obvious.

“Do you think men chop wood better than women?” asked Jason Miller, of Avon.

Training and determination make the skier, said Krieg, Miller’s roommate.

“There are women who are better than men,” she said.

Does speed make a skier?

Physical differences such as more weight make a male ski racer go faster, said Matt Treven, of Vermont.

But why else might World Cup ski racer Bode Miller beat Lindsey Vonn in a downhill race?

“I just think they’re better naturally at athletics,” Vail resident Celeste Linker said about men.

But in a race between a male professional snowboarder and a female professional ski racer, the former would win because the male snowboarder would do tricks on the way down, Linker said.

“The guys would probably have to show off,” she said.

But “better” does not necessarily mean “faster,” skiers said.

Skiing “better” may mean falling fewer times.

Deanna Brown’s husband snowboards faster than she skis, but her husband doesn’t care whether he falls. So in that regard, Brown said she is “better.”

“I don’t want to wipe out,” she said.

John Johnson said that he has taught his sister Aimee Johnson “everything she knows” about snowboarding. But Aimee Johnson said that she is now better than her brother.

“At (6 feet, 5 inches tall) and 300 pounds, the laws of physics aren’t on my side,” John Johnson said.

Some women, like Lauren Bennetts, were waiting for men at the bottom of the slopes.

“I think younger women are better at skiing,” Bennetts said as she waited for her father, who “kind of struggles at skiing.”

Skiing together

As far as being safe on the slopes, women have men beat, said Colorado Springs resident Sarah Backer, whose snowboard was run over by a male skier Sunday.

“My buddy was out here last year, and (he) hit a tree,” she said.

Josh Giles drew an analogy from his belief that women drive worse than men to support his argument for men being better skiers and snowboarders.

“They’re too sporadic; you can’t predict them when they’re next to you,” said Giles, of Tennessee.

Speaking of stereotyping, what about all those jeans-clad Southern men who tuck down green slopes?

Sarah Pittenger was teaching her boyfriend, Stewart Reed, how to ski Sunday.

“Women are better because I fell like 42 times today on a green,” said Reed, of Wyoming.

“Women’s ankles swell up when they’re pregnant, but my wrists swell up when I ski,” Reed added.

“Don’t write that,” Pittenger said.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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