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05-02-2013 02:50 PM
Originally Posted by Oldman View Post
Ok, let's find out about those of us who saw the light at 50 or over. To get the ball rolling, I'll start.

What's your story?
Grew up skateboarding in SoCal in the 60s.

In the 80s my college roommate hated to drive and loved to ski. Asked me to drive him out west for an interview. I'd never been on anything snow related before. Asshat left me on a black diamond at Alta. I was wearing jeans, a cotton flannel shirt, and a snow parka. You can guess the rest. I could not keep 2 sticks pointed in the same direction to save my life and swore to never touch the ski slope again in my life.

Fast forward 20 years; sitting in my house in Utah watching the snow fall, thinking "another winter sitting inside?" "Naw". At the same time there was a Toyota truck commercial on TV that showed some boarder blasting through deep pow and it looled like a blast.

So I asked the pierced and tatted up surf punk at work if he'd teach me to ride. He laughed but agreed to do it. We spent 2 nights at a local park on the hill learning toeside, then heelside, then linking turns.

After that it was up Big Cottonwood Canyon every weekend and Brighton on Wednesday nights. Then, work took me out to the midwest and I went once to Trollhaugen in Wisconsin. It was just too depressing after spending days in waist deep Utah powder. It was just packed ice as far as I could tell.

Hung up the deck until this year. A new job in Colorado has brought me back to the mountains. Now I just have to wait for winter...
04-20-2013 11:00 PM
Grandpa Yes, thank you. I got some toward the end of this season before a trip to Colorado. I would recommend them to everyone now. Even makes it warmer sitting on the snow. At the urging of my wife & kids I even got a helmet but hardly ever fall on my head.
04-20-2013 01:12 PM
extra0 ^hope you're wearing pads. You can put a lot of pads under snow outerwear and no one will notice, but at least get some butt'd be surprised how many boarders of all ages are secretly wearing them (even pros)
02-22-2013 12:29 AM
Grandpa I met a couple guys at roller skating that taught at Trollhaugen in WI and decided to give it a try as I wasn't getting any younger at 62. Took a couple lessons at the tail end of last year and one this year at our local ice hill in MN.

Not progressing real good but loving every bit of it except the bruised behind. It takes me a week to recover but I still get back out there. I'm determined to figure this out.

Also can't wait to get my 38 year old kid some lessons and get out with him and a couple grandkids.
02-21-2013 11:23 PM
destroy Always stoked to see old folks who are into it! I always make sure to say "I wish my parents were that cool!" when I see a cool looking mom or dad with their kid out having a good time... especially if she looks nice

Now, I'm 26... but I look a lot older, and I just got into it at the start to the season this year. Last weekend I was taking the chair with a kid who was maybe a few years younger than me who said "it's never too late to start!" when I told him this is my first year... reminded me of the scene in Point Break with the kid at the surf shop...

"Hey man, it's cool... a lotta guys your age are takin' it up..."

"I'm 25...

"That's what I mean man..."

02-21-2013 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by dreampow View Post
You didn't miss shit, you've got the best of both worlds in front of you now, a body that still functions well and a brain that's beginning to function.
LOL. That's funny and true.

To those who are just starting out like me, I have noticed that first few days seem like one has to be a superman to snowboard. As a scared beginner, a common reaction is to tense up all the muscles and joints, so one would get tired very quickly. Once one progresses the efficiency improves rapidly and snowboarding suddenly becomes much easier.

02-20-2013 09:42 AM
DiRt DeViL I'm 47 and just started, feel sore from all the falls but happy to be able to ride with my kid.

02-20-2013 09:39 AM
Originally Posted by Oldman View Post
Ok, let's find out about those of us who saw the light at 50 or over. To get the ball rolling, I'll start.
What's your story?
A year ago at age 59, my poor unexpecting wife goaded me into skiing with our son and his wife. Growing up in Minnesota, I was skiing alpine and cross country, playing hockey and ice skating. Wife and I moved to Denver, CO, had 3 kids and did some skiing on the I70 resorts. The time, expense, and congested traffic caused me to stop for 20+ years.

What my wife did not foresee is that getting on the mountain with our grown children, I would catch alpine fever. I came back and told her, Honey, I had a great time: I'm going to start snowboarding. I went 2 times last season, 4 times this season so far. As an empty nester with a job where I can declare myself a ski day, I am looking for fresh snow days to head up and ride.

At this point I call myself an aggressive beginner, I am progressing faster than I expected. I am heavily armored and that helps.

In my defense, When I was young I was a cautious skier, but always had the vision that I would be sliding down mountains in my old age. God willing, I can't think of a better way to live a little foretaste of heaven on earth.
11-19-2012 01:28 PM
Clayton Bigsby Thats how the snowboarding industry changed the ski industry forever. One of my local mtns is Mt BAKER, where back in the day was only open Friday thru Sunday, it would dump all week and come Friday morning we'd have 3 feet plus fresh. Us boarders for several reason would ride nothing but powder, 1st being, steel edges weren't thought of, 2nd it didnt hurt as much falling and 3rd the ski's back then were only about 2" wide, so most skiers stayed out of the powder (except the AirBears) leaving more for us.
11-19-2012 01:18 PM
extra0 ^yep.

This is what my local mtn frequently looks like on a powder day (it is bluebird after every dump), especially on a weekday. No crowds because the roads are gnarly/hairpin...and seems most people around here either don't have the equipment for 2-3 ft deep snow and/or they can't manage riding in it anyhow. Yeah, I'm old, but I can't rationalize saying I'm too old with this available....even if it does kick my ass every time.

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