While SSX is a snowboarding game, EA's reboot did feature skis early on in development. Due to animation concerns, however, they have since been removed.
"We had skiing in at the very early days in this SSX, and I was actually one of the advocates; I was pushing that we should have it." SSX creative director Todd Batty explains in the September issue of Edge.
"That's something that made its first appearance in SSX: ON Tour, but the tough thing about skiing is that every single animation in the entire game would have to be duplicated for characters with skis as opposed to characters on snowboards."