Originally Posted by Deeplyfelt
Hmm. Accidental boarder? At 53 I went to our local hill, Whitewater, with my hubby and kids planning to rent a board, try it, probably hate it and then head indoors to drink beer. Which is what happened when I tried skiing years earlier! But once I got out there in the bunny hill I fell (literally of course) in love. Unfortunately that first season I tore the meniscus in my right knee in week 4. (Getting off the lift to my chagrin)
After an operation to fix that I started my second season with a second hand 144 Option board, 24/7 bindings and Ride single boa boots. The boots were the best fit I could find but still had a small amount of heel lift. Learning went slowly that winter. I became fairly competent at getting off the lift and used only green runs.
Last year I kept the board and boots but exchanged the bindings for Burton stilettos. Made an enormous improvement in my board control. Advanced from greens to some blues and began using the scary lift on the summit side by the end of the season.
I am beyond stoked for this season. I just got a new pair of Ride double boa boots with NO heel lift which I hope will make the same kind of tweak in my board control as the bindings did.
Now I'm considering a new board too. The Option has beautiful graphics - a goddess no less - but she's a bit catchy and beginning to delaminate a bit.
I am 5'2" & weigh under 110 lbs. I would describe myself as a 'slow' boarder who likes groomers with some powder on top best. I rarely venture far off the groomers. My elderly knees hate moggles and I don't jump. Not exciting to most of you I know but I love it. I want to do this for as long as I can. My next goal is to feel confident on green runs and mabe make it to riding the Glory Chair by season's end.
So, my new council, what suggestions do you have for me about boards?
Blessings & Good Cheer
My wife rides a burton feather, very friendly, catch free board, probably a good match for the stilettos, and one of the most popular beginner boards.