Carving began in Europe with alpine snowboarding at the end of the eighties before being copied by the ski industry. It was proven that carving could be pushed to the extreme, with the entire body touching the snow, but the laid turn (Vitelli turn) remained a curiosity, something to be done on front-side to amuse friends or people at the terrace of a restaurant. Riders were often unable to get up or could do only one laid turn.
Skiing is great fun and makes for a fabulous family holiday, but the adrenaline buzz is not without risk. It is estimated that a staggering 300 million people around the world are involved in winter sports, with 200m skiers and 100m snowboarders, so it is inevitable that accidents will happen.
Assembling all the equipment is fairly simple. Most ski areas will rent you a board and binding set up and a pair of boots for between $30 and $50 per day. If you want to buy your own stuff, expect to spend at least $500 to get any decent quality set of boots, bindings and board.
Skiing and Snowboarding are a lot of fun, but doing these winter sports on a regular basis can get expensive. If you were to buy all of the gear all at once, it would cost hundreds of dollars before you even buy your tickets to the mountain. It may seem like this is a hobby