Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Bill Hendricks

Abstract

Snowboarding evolved in the 1960s for people who wanted a change from skiing and to differentiate themselves from their parents. Since its creation, snowboarding has been dominated by males. This may be explained by its establishment and creation by males and the relationship of snowboarding to alternative cultures, where masculinity in style, speech, and behavior generally excel. The purpose of this study was to analyze the gender perceptions in the sport of snowboarding. This study was conducted through self-administered questionnaires. The results of the survey indicate that there are gender inequalities in snowboarding and that gender perceptions do vary by gender. Overall, males and females think that females tend to be more cautious and respectful on the mountain than males. Both genders think that males are better snowboarders than females. Recommendations from the findings are to utilize in-group volunteers to encourage appropriate behavior and to create co-ed teams, events, and competitions to promote equality.

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