He is a busy bee doing a variety of sports but snowboarding must be his favorite by far. Considering the amount of time he has spent on the mountain for many years, he is addicted. As he has developed an unconscious feeling about where the rocks are just beneath the surface, you want to stay behind him backcountry.
Now he wants even more variety in sports, so he is picking up skiing as well. Driven by enthusiasm and fitness, he already never refuses a slope. It’s waiting for him to pick up some more technique.
He used to go into the park as well but injuries let him seek for adrenaline solely in speed and powder. And not minding hiking up for that one perfect deep powder descent. Early morning he needs coffee because you can count on him doing “some” apresski the night before. Still he is always up for the first lift to get the empty nicely groomed slopes for racecarving. On raceboards with hardboots he started his snowboarding and although he doesn't test these at the moment, you can still tell it is a benchmark when testing stiffer camber snowboards.
How I look at skis and snowboards in different categories:
When skiing on the Piste I like shorter turns (slalom) better than the longer turns. This affects my qualifications of skis amongst each other. It doesn't mean that giant slalom ski's are worse in any way, it is just my personal preferation.
In the range of All-mountain skis, there are usually two definitions of all-mountain amongst manufacturer's. One that the skis should be suitable for any condition on the piste, frontside skis. And the other one that the ski should be suitable for off-piste cruising in powder snow as well to a certain degree, backside skis. I explain in my reviews how I experienced this aspect of the ski.
Then the Freeride skis for powder snow in the backcountry. I am gaining more and more experience in skiing off-piste since I get so many days up the mountain and want to test all kind of skis. So far I like most of these skis as they all provide the brilliant surfing feeling to me. I can tell you now that once the powder is bottomless and endlessly available I prefer the full rocker very wide skis like the Völkl Shiro: big but nimble. As soon as the conditions are more variable, that bit of camber gives it the edge I like, for example Rossignol Soul 7: the soul of skiing :). As a freeride ski it must still be good enough for a lot of powder. And to keep it fun for me I don't need it to be very stiff, off-piste is more a playground for the experience and not a racetrack to me.
All-mountain snowboards to me are, in contrast to skis, always for both on and off-piste. This is because I don't know any snowboard for softboots that only suits every condition on the piste and at the same time no powder at all. Some boards have their powder limits like the Burton Mystery 162cm though and might need an adjustment in binding stance for better performance. I test these boards in as much conditions as possible. Following the brands categorization, all-mountain boards that excel on piste are placed here as well. And as I started my boarding on raceboards with hardboots, I love to push any board on groomers in carve turns to see where the limit is, of either me or the board.
Powder & Park snowboards
And last the Powder & Park snowboards. I don't do the funpark anymore, sorry. Sometimes I do feel that a snowboard might be good for that though and write that in my review. Powder on the other hand is my favorite terrain. Besides testing the specific off-piste qualities, I think that it is also important to know how a powder snowboard holds on a groomed slope as a lot of times it is an unevitable part of the day in the ski area.