I'm 5'10" about 220lbs and was given a 157cm board a few years back but never used it (brand new just board). Instead of renting equipment each time I thought I would save myself some money and use the board and purchase bindings and boots. Currently right now alot of deals especially towards end of season. Guidelines I've found is that this board would not be recommended because of my height and weight. Are these guidelines should be followed? Would I be endangering myself by using the board?
I'm just a recreational boarder, nothing fancy. I live in CA and typically go to the ski resorts.
Well depending on how hard you push yourself, snowboarding in general can be dangerous. A 157cm board is probably going to be too flexible, and probably not damp enough. The only time height really matters is when it comes to stance width, and still that's preference.
You could use a 157, but it might not be very fun and you might find it difficult to use.