Skiing and snowboarding are equally popular sports. For beginners, the choice between the two could be confusing. Which raises the question, which is easier to learn? There is no definite answer.
It is easier to learn how to ski than it is how to snowboard. However, you are more likely to reach advanced levels faster snowboarding than you would be skiing. While the basic skiing steps are simple, mastering the techniques that professionals use can be demanding and technical. Snowboarding is initially tricky and requires practice, but once you get the hang of it, you can meet learning milestones quickly.
A skier might show better progress in the initial classes than a snowboarder. There is a better balance on a ski than on a snowboard. It all comes down to the techniques required to maintain body balance while you are on the move.
With skiing, the legs remain separate, which gives control if you are about to fall. You can quickly prop yourself up and stay on course at this angle. Snowboarding is more difficult at this point if you have never been on a board before. You have to keep your feet together and balance on the board. If you slip or lose balance, there isn't enough time to fix this, and you are likely to fall.
Progress with Time
Skiers are up to a good start, but several days into the sport, the technicalities arise. You now have to figure out how to pick up speed, control the skis, move your legs simultaneously, and stay on track all at once.
Beginners start with the pizza formation; here, they hold the skis together with the tails away from each other, which is the basis of skiing. They then have to master different techniques such as the snow-plough to help navigate corners. It takes time and practice to master these, and even when you do, it does not necessarily mean you are now an expert.
Snowboarders have it easier at this point after they have mastered how to keep their feet on the board without falling and overcoming any psychological doubts they initially had. After a few days of practice, most snowboarders can balance and turn with ease, having mastered the technique: shoulders first, then hips, ankles with the feet hanging on tight to turn the snowboard and continue on course.
You need to be fit and practice regularly to make progress for both sports. Both are equally addictive once you learn them. It does not matter which of the two you choose to learn; if you put in the work, you will get better and have a lot of fun on the slopes.