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To Board or Ski - Zermatt Early April

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[size=18]Hi All

Advice needed please. We are off to Zermatt early April a group of four lads who have had an annual 5 night snowboarding trip for the last 15 years.

I ski as well as board and feel that I may be starting to prefer the skis to the board as I actually think I am better, faster and more in control on skis.

So my question is do you think a group of 3 boarders and 1 skier would get along ok as we cover many kms and am not sure if the two styles are compatible? My other thought was to hang fire until we get there and see the conditions then decide what to do. I would imagine if there is fresh snow and some off piste going on then the board would be the choice BUT if the snow is not good and maybe slushy in the afternoon would the skis be the better choice?

Anybody have any experience or advice they could share please?

Many thanks.

Madeye-Smiley
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In my experience people that do both prefer boards when it gets slushy, although I imagine it comes down to personal preference.

If you prefer the skis and feel more in control take them. Skiers and snowboarders can ride together without any issues.
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Board for slush, from what I remember.
Depends on what kind of terrain they board on and whether you can ski it as well. I boarded down long lengths of moguls that I would have hated on skis.
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we are a mixed group. 2 borders, 3 skiers.
No issues. Sometimes borders wait for skiers, other times skiers for borders.
Whoever arrives at the hut first orders the beers. Whoever gets there last, gets less drinking time.
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doesn't matter, riders are riders.....everyone has fun, and that's it.
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I am a skier who also boards; my OH only boards. We've coped fine like that for many a year; no reason why you and your mates can't too. Of course, when skiing within my competencies, on skis I am faster than him on a board wink
But - are you hiring skis or taking your own? Piste skis and slush don't mix so great, maybe (depends on your ability and the conditions) - you might find wider ones better to keep up with the boarders. If, of course, it's slushy spring and not icy.
If hiring, you might as well just decide when there; maybe mix and match and find out?
If taking your own, take 1 of each.
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I think you will get on absolutely fine - no issues at all. I’m a skier, my brother is a boarder.

Only thing I would say is that while Zermatt is great for advanced/expert boarders who can be towed and can carry speed across the flatter parts ... not so great for beginner/intermediate boarders as they will occasionally end up walking.

Zermatt frequently gets late season powder high up ... had some of my best powder days in April there.
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