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Old 12-21-2008, 08:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Future of a 36 year old snowboarder?

Hello!
I am new to the forum and practically new to the sport.
Snowboarded for the 1st time last year, learned pretty quickly and fell completely in love!!! Can't wait to go again in March... I dream about it! I just love it!

As an atheltic 36 year old with 2 toddlers at home; my wife is constantly busting my ass regarding my future as a snowboarder in my old age (compared to the average snowboarder).

Now...
Here is my question.
Will I be able to go down a slope with my daughter when she turns 12? That is 10 years from now by the way!
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're as old as you want to be. And 36 is nothing, just past prime age for a lot of sports. Think Brett Farve, Chris Chileos, Jerry Rice, Nolan and so on.

I started riding at 40....7 years ago.
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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C'mon man you can't be serious? Of course you'll be able to ride with your daughter when she's 12, no question; but why wait until 12? Share the joy of riding as soon as their able. I don't have kids so I have no idea what age they start riding, but I see some pretty funny looking little kids sliding around on the bunny slopes and they can't be older than 4 or 5? It always makes me laugh.
By the way, I'm 48 and been ridin for around 15 years..
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Old 12-21-2008, 09:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow it's so awesome to see more guys in the 30+ age group out riding! I'm 33, been skiing since I was 7, skateboarding since I was 10, riding since I was 16, missed a few years due to injury, jail, bullshit, etc... but now i'm back for good! I got my 8 yr. old daughter into it last year, and hell ya you'll ride with your daughter! This is awesome I never thought there were so many people past the age of 20 on here! Fuckin' A!
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Wow!!!
So glad to hear I am not the only older snowboarder out here!
You are completely right Bones, it's not that I feel old... on the contrary, I feel better than ever. It's just that I see so many kids out on the slopes, it seems that guys our age are all skiing.
I will definitely get my daughters to learn the sport as soon as possible!
Great to get these encouraging replies and know that I can plan enjoying this amazing sports for many, many years to come.

By the way...
What do you guys think is the age limit?
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Old 12-21-2008, 10:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've seen people out there at 60+ skiing. My wife had a patient who had her hip replaced at 85 years old. Her first question was whether or not she could go skiing again.

Don't let age get you down. 12 years from now, we'll have unlocked the secrets to eternal life anyhow.
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Hahahaa!
Yeahhh... either that or my clone will go down the hill at my side! LOL!

Back to the original q...
That is exactly my point, I see a ton of 60+ skiing; the question is snowboarding?
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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first post here...

well.. i'm 29. I'll be 30 in February. Finally stopped being a puss and got on a snowboard about two weeks ago for the first time. This is my first time on anything. never skied or skateboarded (except briefly at like 13 lol). At first its kind of like weird with all the kids.. but it doesn't even phase me anymore.

I've gone a total of 4 times and I'm absolutely hooked. actually.. I bought a season pass yesterday at my local hill and was there again today hehe. I figure.. its better to do it now cause I know i'll be up there all the time.

(In fact I probably will be there again tomorrow or tuesday, my friend wants to go)

You're never too old for anything. So just do it
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, boarding is relatively new compared to skiing. Plus, it was considered something kids and teens did. I think we'll see LOTS of 70 year old snowboarders in 30 years or so. You know how your grandparents always loved to listen to music from when they were young? My grandma loved big band. Well, by the time we're grandparents, all the old people will be listening to rap. How weird will that be?
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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thats past weird... i honestly dont know how i'll like figure that one out.
I did read somewhere that in terms of new people to winter sports snowboarding is being chosen over skiing by an increasing number of people.. and snowboarders may outnumber skiiers in a decade or so.

I know at my local hill it seems to almost be 60% boarders...
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