The 40 Year Old Not-Quite-Virgin
Hi everyone. Ive done a lot of reading (50 pages in) on this forum. Its been very helpful but also quite confusing.
The situation: Im an (almost) 40 year old skier who has recently taken up snowboarding? Why? At first because I thought it’s a good way to challenge myself on the mountains here in the NY area while my kids are learning to ski…they don’t present me much challenge anymore on my skiis. Having now done this sporadically over the lest 2-3 years, I found I love the feeling of snowboarding and want to spend a lot more time on a board then on my skis.
Based on this, I feel like its time to buy my own setup. I am 5’7”, weigh about 170 pounds and expect I will be a 10-15 day per year rider at most. As I mentioned, I do most of my riding here on the East Coast, with all of the wonderful implications that has for the conditions – a lot of hard pack, some ice, etc.
I don’t expect do be doing things like Park riding or jibbing (but who knows?). I will definitely be riding groomed trails and would love to be able to follow my kids onto bumps and into the woods – which they already love to do. Over the course of this season I have gotten to the point where I can link my turns and ride reasonably well down intermediate trails (just got back from 4 days at Solitude, Utah – yay!) although they definitely still present me a real challenge and I cant do them with a high degree of confidence.
So, this is where my life story turns into a standard “what should I get” question. Before seeing these forums, I was thinking of a K2 Raygun. But after a bunch of reading here, it sounds like this is not the right choice for someone who is primarily riding here in the East. I then started leaning towards the Gnu Carbon Credit, but a lot of the reading seems to suggest this is more a Park board than a trail riding (and some trees) board. It sounds versatile enough to be a good choice either way, but I started to get confused.
Other boards that sounded interesting:
Gnu Rider’s Choice – is it going to be too advanced for me? Otherwise sounds similar to CC but perhaps more well suited to trail riding?
K2 TurboDream – sounded like a better fit than Raygun for more hard packed and icy conditions, as well as for trails…but too advanced? Also, no magnatraction might be a drawback for me?
Ive also heard suggested the Rossi Taipan or One MagiTeck, the Arbor Code and the Ride Machete, but it didn’t seem like any of those was necessarily any better a fit than the Gnu boards I was considering.
Id love any advice people have on how I should be thinking about this (Id prefer to keep this around $300). Suggestions on Boards and Sizes?
By the way, I was planning on getting K2 Auto Uprise bindings…I had a helluva time getting my toe binding fastened each time off the lift week (seriously, I found myself fiddling with the thing for like 5 minutes before I could get it to catch!) so these sounded like a good solution for me. Open to any thoughts on that as well…
Fire away guys! Im so psyched to get my gear and use it before the winter ends (up at Killington in two weeks!) so please pour it on! Thanks.