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01-26-2014 08:03 PM
BurtonAvenger
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Maybe some of the problem is they're perceived as more fun. also maybe the problem is ski schools. they will take kids as early as 3. Same schools usually won't teach snowboarding till a kid is 6-7. that's a few yrs on skis. A lot of parents don't want their kid to have to go through learning all over again to switch to snowboarding. especially if they have invested so much money into skiing. Plus by this point most of his/her friends ski and prob rip if they've been skiing together since they were 3. I started snowboarding at 33 due to a huge influence from skateboarding. Kids are skiing way before ever stepping on a skateboard. So it's really up to us snowboarders who have young children to get them on a god dam snowboard young instead of skis. or maybe I'm completely wrong.
Well to go along with this as times are changing. If you look at the largest age group of snowboarders they're finally having kids and means we'll finally start to see a new generation of kids being brought up on snowboards instead of skis. But previously in the past there hasn't been equipment that was suited for a child under the age of 5, now there is. Then you have Burton making the Riglet parks and designing equipment around that and it's solid.



I figure it'll be about 5 years before we see PSIA and those fucktards catching on to the idea of "hey maybe we should teach younger kids". But that's a whole other issue. People just need to get over that myth of my kid has to be age X to do snowboarding, might take more effort at the younger ages but it will work.

Earlier this year I had the chance to help a friend teach her 2 year old. Kid has figured out how to skate, turn right, and left. But still likes to go as fast as possible down the hill then sit down. But he has figured out the movement while using one of the Burton little kid decks that's super crazy rockered and convex.

To go along with the ski tech argument. Rocker actually originated on that side of things. We just invented the sidecut.
01-26-2014 06:54 PM
PalmerFreak My girlfriend has 4 kids and I managed to get her son on a snowboard this year but the three girls are all on skis - despite my best efforts to convince her otherwise. A guy at work has an 8 year old son that wanted to snowboard but he wanted him to try skiing first.
01-26-2014 06:49 PM
Deacon
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damn, at 3 or 4 i think i would start with skis, and i'm pretty much anti ski...just to get them used to how that kind of movement on snow goes. i wonder if a kid that little has the coordination and balance whereas any lil kid with a worm on can snowplow down a green run
exactly why I have my 3 year old on skis. just getting get used to being out there and having fun. she usually only lasts 60-90 minutes anyway.
01-26-2014 06:46 PM
CassMT damn, at 3 or 4 i think i would start with skis, and i'm pretty much anti ski...just to get them used to how that kind of movement on snow goes. i wonder if a kid that little has the coordination and balance whereas any lil kid with a worm on can snowplow down a green run
01-26-2014 06:04 PM
stickz my son will be 3 next season and will start
01-26-2014 05:31 PM
West Baden Iron
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My daughter will start next season at 4
I got my daughters started at 5 and 8. It's one of the better decisions I've made. They are both going down all the runs linking turns at our little resort and can't wait to see how they do in Colorado on spring break.
01-26-2014 05:21 PM
Zolemite My daughter will start next season at 4
01-26-2014 05:20 PM
stickz
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I had an interesting conversation a few days ago around this subject. Well, mostly I just listened. Was at a wake, where of course you meet people you haven't seen in years. Talking to a guy from way back, who used to ski then of course got married, had kids, etc etc etc. Anyway he's starting to look into skiing again since he now lives in Vernon which is close to a lot of good hills. He was talking about how much skis have changed in the last 20+ years because of the snowboarding influence. He'd actually tried out a set of big banana skis and he said they were tons more fun that the old style skis had been.



Is it possible we are the authors of our own demise? We've created so much new tech for the ski industry to absorb, and now perhaps they're just more fun!!

Maybe some of the problem is they're perceived as more fun. also maybe the problem is ski schools. they will take kids as early as 3. Same schools usually won't teach snowboarding till a kid is 6-7. that's a few yrs on skis. A lot of parents don't want their kid to have to go through learning all over again to switch to snowboarding. especially if they have invested so much money into skiing. Plus by this point most of his/her friends ski and prob rip if they've been skiing together since they were 3. I started snowboarding at 33 due to a huge influence from skateboarding. Kids are skiing way before ever stepping on a skateboard. So it's really up to us snowboarders who have young children to get them on a god dam snowboard young instead of skis. or maybe I'm completely wrong.
01-26-2014 04:11 PM
koi
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d.davis and Haldor and using their spotlight to ''protest with style' in a way...namely in the last 3 days they both threw Huge switch methods in contest, ddavis won with his in the pipe, style will return everythings gonna be alright
yeah, i loved that halldor & eiki interview after x-games big air. i hate that spinning is all that judges are looking for, i miss the days where a big method or stalefish was judge as a good trick clean trick.
01-26-2014 04:02 PM
Zolemite I'd never put on skis again
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