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01-13-2014 12:38 PM
MarshallV82 I actually started snowboarding because of knees as well, I tore my ACL and had quite a few other knee injuries in Basketball. Made the switch and ended up liking boarding better. (Lots of friends were making the change at the time anyway and it looked more fun)

It definitely easier on the knees, I've been working out enough now to where my knees are back to being strong so it doesn't matter now. Still riding though! I only ski if I go on dates with girls who ski who a group of people who are all skiers.
01-13-2014 12:14 PM
firstx1017
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Originally Posted by larrytbull View Post
I started Last year (age 49), when we bought a place in the poconos. never did the skiing thing when I was young, and tried it (not my favorite), and I hated the boots. I went to a ski/snowboard shop looking at boards, since my son (9 at the time) wanted to board. I was talking with the guys and told them of my 2 knee surgeries and neck surgery and how I wanted something that was easy to get in and out and comfortable, they looked me straight in the eye and said you need to board not ski, less issues with knees.
I said whaaat? I thought boarding was more strenuous. They convinced me boarding was the way to move forward. My son and I took a lesson, he was a natural, I was not, but I am very stubborn. I have been boarding ever since.
He is in the double blacks and park. I am just working on the blues.
Never going back to skis again. I feel so much more in control on the board, and the steeps don't scare me any more (just going fast down them does)
larrytbull - I started snowboarding because it was easier on my body also. I learned to ski at 48 - never could progress past blues as the steepness of the diamonds on skis scared the heck out of me. It was also very hard on my knees and my thighs were always burning and the ski boots dug into my calfs that would leave bruises! I really hated the ski boots!

My husband tried to snowboard at 52 upon watching my son try to snowboard and he just had to try it. The boots were so much better to walk in that it was worth it to him! He learned on his own - didn't watch any videos or read up on it. Had lots of falls. However, once I could see that you could go down ANY run slow it got me interested. I then decided for my 50th birthday to lose 50 pounds and learn to snowboard was my goal. Knowing all the falls he took while learning, he was really concerned I would hurt myself. I had a helmet, wrist guards, butt pad and knee pads while learning. I watched all kinds of videos on youtube and watch snowolf's videos and snowprofessors videos which helped before I even got on the slope as I had a game plan for learning. Didn't want to take a group lesson as it was very hard for me to get up on the board while sitting and I didn't want to hold the class up. No problem toeside, but being older I would just get winded really quickly. While learning my husband would help me get up trying to take a lot of the effort away while I was learning. Here's a short video he made of me learning. All the falls I took are on the video - so as you can see it wasn't that much. I have gone down diamond runs which I could never do on skis. Haven't done a double diamond yet, but enjoy it a lot better as I can go at whatever speed I want on the snowboard and not nearly as much pain as when I was skiing.

vicki learning to snowboard at 50 - YouTube

I had also heard that it was easier on your body to snowboard - well, once you got past the learning stage. I have just a little knee pain on my back knee after snowboarding for 2-3 days in a row. But only after I am done for the day - not while riding. We snowboard every weekend for 4 months straight with every other weekend being a 3 day weekend as my husband works 9/80 days! We rent a place for the winter at the base of the lifts so we just walk to the lifts - woo hoo! I haven't been on skis in almost 4 years, but just this past weekend the hubby and myself have decided to bring the skis up also next weekend just to see. It should be interesting!
01-13-2014 10:47 AM
Martyc I started last year @51 and I love it, only wish I'd started years ago!
01-13-2014 10:26 AM
sdm74 Yep we're diving in headfirst. We both have boards put together cheaper then a season rental through last year closeout deals from evo.
Found her brand new boots on eBay
And I got a night pass to my local resort which gives me all nights free and 40% off daytime.
Also got both of us impact shorts mine are hillbilly impact shorts and hers are coming from china( which I didn't know until after I ordered.. doh!)

So wish us luck!

Steve
01-12-2014 11:23 AM
Donutz
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Originally Posted by andrewdod View Post
if you go to a local shop they might be able to lease you a setup for the season for her to ride, i believe a lot of shops still do stuff like that... at least by me anyways.
Sports Junkies in Vancouver does that for skis and for snowboards.
01-12-2014 10:51 AM
larrytbull
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Originally Posted by slyder View Post
Larry I started at 42 with my teenage sons when they had the chance to join the school club for discounted trips. Your never to old.
Invest in some impact shorts, it is great for us older riders.

To your daugthers gear. Not sure what you meant by rent but, many of the local shops will rent an entire set up for around $125-$200 usually the lower end for younger kids.
What is great about this is waxing is free. If she breaks or outgrows something within that year they just exchange it for the right size or fix it

Enjoy the family time I know I do. Riding with my nephew (20) I just taught him to ride last night going again today
I started Last year (age 49), when we bought a place in the poconos. never did the skiing thing when I was young, and tried it (not my favorite), and I hated the boots. I went to a ski/snowboard shop looking at boards, since my son (9 at the time) wanted to board. I was talking with the guys and told them of my 2 knee surgeries and neck surgery and how I wanted something that was easy to get in and out and comfortable, they looked me straight in the eye and said you need to board not ski, less issues with knees.
I said whaaat? I thought boarding was more strenuous. They convinced me boarding was the way to move forward. My son and I took a lesson, he was a natural, I was not, but I am very stubborn. I have been boarding ever since.
He is in the double blacks and park. I am just working on the blues.
Never going back to skis again. I feel so much more in control on the board, and the steeps don't scare me any more (just going fast down them does)

As far as padding, both my son and I wear impact shorts, and shirts. He has the soft variety. I have the demon snow Pro impact jacket. With my age and injury list, I don't take any chances... and of course we both wear helmets.

This year my daughter (7) took an interest and she had her first lesson. It was challenging but she is ready to go forward. not a fan of renting. Rather than renting I prefer the buying. The rental stuff have seen is horrible. For a few dollars more you can get a complete setup that is really nice and not banged up. with a small amount of time on google and scanning the deal on clearance rack

for example I bought her a k2 board brand new old stock (2010-2011) (flat rocker) year for $75 dollars, used K2 boa boots on ebay for $40, and we reused my son's old bindings (burton freestyle jr) helmet and goggles I bought on sierra trading post with discounts for $40.

total price 155
at the end of the day , we can sell on craigslist or ebay after they out grow or give it to relatives or friends. It also helps them understand about owning and taking care.

As for waxing, I have a complete setup the free waxing is nice, but so easy for me to do it myself.


just my .02
01-12-2014 10:08 AM
slyder
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Originally Posted by sdm74 View Post
Wow that is all a great boost of confidence.
And now I don't feel bad for buying my board already..Lol
Figure I should do the rental thing with the daughter since she will be in a new shoe size every year

Larry,
I live in York PA
Larry I started at 42 with my teenage sons when they had the chance to join the school club for discounted trips. Your never to old.
Invest in some impact shorts, it is great for us older riders.

To your daugthers gear. Not sure what you meant by rent but, many of the local shops will rent an entire set up for around $125-$200 usually the lower end for younger kids.
What is great about this is waxing is free. If she breaks or outgrows something within that year they just exchange it for the right size or fix it

Enjoy the family time I know I do. Riding with my nephew (20) I just taught him to ride last night going again today
01-12-2014 09:40 AM
offshore2morro "Arsenal Fan"? In Canada? Not the soccer team, surely. . ?
01-10-2014 01:23 PM
Oldman Old is strictly a state of mind. Did not step on a board until I was 49. Never did the ski thing and with 4 full seasons under my belt, I can say it has been one of the best moves I have ever done. I ride with my teenage daughter, my brother and his two teenage kids and we have a blast.

Just remember, learning to ride is no different than learning how to ride a bike. You are going to have some falls along the way, but then the light will switch on and you will ask yourself what took you so long.

I strongly suggest you go straight to the bunny hill and take some lessons with your daughter. Your learning curve will be so much easier and you won't likely have as many hard falls.

Good Luck!!!!!
01-10-2014 12:37 PM
baldylox You're definitely not too old. I've taken a lesson with a guy who was 82 once. He was pretty dang nimble.
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