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07-08-2012 12:37 PM
jayb I started my son when he was 2 at the local sledding hill he would just go down he had no interest in turning or trying to stop. When he was 3 I started taking him to a few smaller resorts around us. He would be good for a few hours at a time by the end of last season he was starting to turn and stop. Now hes 4 and always talks about it and wonders why we can't go out in July. I actually found a 20' long leash called a pony rider that lets me control his speed that has helped a lot.
03-29-2012 06:02 PM
holdenflowers We thought about starting our daughter on skis only because that is what everyone else told us to do. Since my husband and I both snowboard it seemed difficult to teach her to ski. She watched us and learned so fast. Now she is much better than I am. It is all in the kid. My other daughter I can't imagine sending her down the hill. There is great gear out there for youngsters that makes it easy for them to learn.
03-29-2012 03:34 PM
Nefarious Plus, low center of gravity makes balancing easier and falls (generally) less painful.
i.e. shorter distance to fall.
03-29-2012 11:23 AM
Originally Posted by Argo View Post
A 3 year old will learn faster than an adult. If they want to learn it.... Just as fast a skiing.
+1, in fact I'd say the initial learning curve happens faster on a board. My guess would be 3-4 days on average to get to the point where you're not heelsliding everything, and 10+ days on skis to get away from snowplowing.

As you can see from the previous poster, even at 3 kids can totally "get" the idea of snowboarding.
03-29-2012 11:06 AM
Lamps I have no specific medical knowledge here but my 7 year old girl took it up no problem and could have easily done so at 6, or 5 years old.

Keep it fun and sessions not too long, we made use of lessons a lot so the kids could learn skills from teachers and ride for fun with us.
03-29-2012 11:02 AM
Argo A 3 year old will learn faster than an adult. If they want to learn it.... Just as fast a skiing.
03-29-2012 10:56 AM
Easto My daughter turned 2 this March. Knowing what I know about a 2 year old I would never start her on a snowboard.

As an adult I find snowboarding ridiculously hard to grasp. Wherein as with skiing I see little kids who pick it up real quick. When all you have to do is explain how to snow plow with skiing it makes it quick for them to be able to figure out how to go from the top of the hill to the bottom. Then learning how to turn by shifting weight on one ski then back to the other, its easy to get to skills to go up and down the bunny hill.

For me, learning how to snowboard was pretty technical and I don't think a 2 year old would be able to figure it out.

That being said I am going to get her on some skis next winter along with my wife and some lessons. While they are figuring that out I am going to hit up some snowboard lessons.

Once my daughter has skied for a couple seasons I will let her try snowboarding if she wants to.

We have a short season being in S/W Ontario so she will likely take longer to pick it up.
03-29-2012 10:24 AM
Originally Posted by poutanen View Post

I've seen some kids that are about her size running all over the mountain having a freakin blast. They look great! Usually they look like they're 5-6 though... Man I started when I was 11 I wish I started earlier!
Agreed. It makes me sad too. I wanted to wait until my son was 4. I should have started him this year. Ah well, time to start gear shopping for next winter.
03-29-2012 10:12 AM
Originally Posted by Argo View Post
Should anyone really drink coffee?
03-29-2012 09:17 AM
Originally Posted by edlo View Post
What age should a kid be before drinking coffee and lifting weights?
Should anyone really drink coffee?

Lifting weights probably 13-15 depending on where the kids at with their growth cycle.... Younger should do just body weight type exercises, like snowboarding.....
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