What is Monoskiing and should you try it?
Many S'No Queens fall into one of two tribes, those who take to the slopes on skis or those who lean towards snowboarding. Just like Splitboarding, Monoskiing falls somewhere in the middle. Monoskis were very popular in the 1980's and while they've faded from view for the last few decades, there have been more than a few hints over the last couple of years that they might be making a comeback.
Monoskis, as the name suggests, are ski's you use by themselves rather than in pairs like traditional ski's. They're wider than regular ski's, so both feet can fit on the same deck, however, they aren't snowboards.
How is a Monoski different from a Snowboard?
While normally it'd be natural to assume that if you're using a single board for both your feet in order to descend a slope, then that'd be a snowboard, there's one important difference between a monoski and a snowboard; the riding position.
On a snowboard, the binding points for your feet are at opposite ends of the board, meaning that you descend the slope side-on. However, with a monoski, your stance is more akin to traditional skiing, in that both feet are facing in the same direction and your whole body faces the direction of travel.
Monoskiing - Skiing with a twist
Your stance on a monoski is the same as regular skiing, but with both your feet clamped side by side to a single ski, the technique for monoskiing is neither skiing nor snowboarding, but somewhere in the middle. It's not 'exactly' in the middle though, the right way to ride a monoski is very closely allied to the 'right way' to use regular skis. If you stick to how you were taught to ski, you'll pick up monoskis fairly quickly. Turning requires the use of your hips, you might find yourself throwing your arms around for extra momentum, but things get markedly easier the faster you go.
When will we see Monoskiing's resurgence?
Monoskiing has been a rare sight since the early 90's, but it never completely went away. You may have seen a monoskier defiantly doing her thing on your last ski trip and we'd encourage you to give it a try. If the practice does re-emerge, you'll be ahead of the trend, as an S'No Queen should be and if not, you'll at least have a few interesting tales to tell in the ski lodge. Perhaps lounging the Apres, sparkling in your latest designer thermals and telling tales of how you rediscovered monoskiing, might be enough to bring the practice back from obscurity. It only takes one to start a trend and who better than the trendsetting and savvy S'No Queen?