I am taking my wife on her first trip to the snow this year. As she has never been before, she is tossing up whether she should ski or snowboard. I have only been snowboarding a couple of times - once on a school trip, and once while at uni. I loved it, but never had anyone to go with. I started snowboarding simply because it was "cooler" than skiing, and my older brother (10 years) is a skier, so that meant I had to do something different. For my wife, she has roller skated/ice skated in the past and has never tried a skateboard/surfboard/etc, so that is a lean toward skiing. She is interested in snowboarding, I think mainly because it has less equipment to worry about - no problem of crossed skis. I am trying not to influence her either way - I realise there are pluses and minuses against each option, so - what pushed you one way or the other?