There is no better feeling than strapping on your snowboard and gliding down a mountain on a winter holiday.
Well, not really gliding in my experience, more stopping and starting and trying to do something that looks more impressive than ‘falling leaf’ all the way down the slope.
But, even with my woeful lack of skill, there’s no doubt in my mind that snowboarding is far better than skiing.
This isn’t, though, your typical snowboard v skiing opinion piece.
This is a call to arms. Or a call to boards, if you will.
You see, the number of people snowboarding has begun to fall.
The number of people snowboarding in the US dropped by almost a million from 2007 to 2016, according to Statistic Brain Research Institute.
There has been many articles asking whether snowboarding is ‘dying‘ and, in a 2015 interview, Burton Snowboard’s vice president for global resorts Jeff Boliba contemplated some of the possible reasons for this decline.
He told the Associated Press: ‘Snowboarding has definitely gone through a maturation phase.
‘We’ve hit our phases where it’s been the fastest-growing sport in the world.
‘We’ve reached phases where it started to plateau a little bit, and then you reach phases where the economy crashed and snowboarders definitely were impacted.’
The decline in snowboarding has also been blamed on those people who took it up as teenagers in the boom years during the 90s and 00s getting older and having kids.
Money and time poorer, children have to be older to start snowboard lessons compared to skiing – it’s easy to see why boards and bindings are gathering dust in the attic.
I was one of those. A previous skier, I took up snowboarding in my late teens practising at my nearest snow dome and abroad before falling pregnant in my 20s.
While I did it a couple of more times after my first, that came to an abrupt end when I had to sell my set up on eBay to help fund a pram for my second.
Last year, however, we booked our first snowboard holiday in a decade and taught our children how to ride.
Because I’m older and now prone to feeling pain for longer, I did debate whether to take the easier option and head back towards skiing.
Being able to see straight ahead, ‘pizza slice’ myself safely from top to bottom and not have to deal with toe edge definitely appealed and almost made me turn my back on snowboarding for good.
But thanks to a Learn to Snowboard in a day session, my confidence was boosted and I was reminded of all the reasons why I found snowboarding better the skiing.
The fact it is harder to pick up meant that every small progression I made felt more satisfying and nothing can beat the feeling of when it all begins to ‘click’ again (or for the first time) and you can start gliding down the hill a bit more smoothly.
It’s a slow learning curve which makes it all the more satisfying when you actually nail something.
The boots are easier to walk in, the board designs are incredible and most people would argue that it looks a bit cooler.
The clothes are definitely better – that’s why younger skiers imitate snowboarder’s style.
Yes, it feels unnatural to be strapped to a board in that position, it hurts because you fall over a lot more as a beginner snowboarder than a beginner skier (usually) and most resorts are better set up for skiers rather than snowboarders.
Chairlifts and bindings are a bit annoying and not getting enough momentum to take you over flat parts of the mountain does mean you have to unstrap and either skate or hop along until you reach a slope again.
But don’t let that deter you.
Watch some clips on YouTube and Red Bull TV, catch up with Ski Sunday on BBC iPlayer and follow a few snowboarding Instagram accounts to help motivate you.
With the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea just around the corner, there isn’t a better time to get back on the board.
The men and women’s slopestyle, halfpipe and Big Air finals will hopefully inspire newbies to pick up a snowboard and old timers to dig out their kit.
Come on, we can’t let skiers rule the mountains (or the dry slopes and snow domes).