How young can you start'em? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Jeffksf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: OHIO
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How young can you start'em?

So I've seen 3,4,5 yr olds on the slopes but always on skis. Can you start'em out on snowboards that young?
I have a 2 yr old girl who will be 3 in Sept. and was just wondering if it can be done.
Jeffksf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 04:44 PM
N~R~G
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
the resorts around here don't give boarding lessons till age 5 or 6.

what matters most is having gear that fits & whether they are mentally capable of grasping the concept.
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 05:22 PM
Veteran Member
 
Flick Montana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Beech Grove, Indiana *sigh*
Posts: 4,168
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've seen 5 year olds who are already better than me. I'm sure some parents get their kids out there as soon as they can walk. I've seen infants at resorts before. Even if they are skiing, they are exposed to the sport. I plan on taking my kids as soon as they express an interest. (When I have kids, that is)
Flick Montana is offline  
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 10:03 PM
Senior Member
 
Catman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My little guy is on his second season and. I started him when he was 3years old.He is 4 now and loving it he begs to go.one piece of advice is try the burton chopper with the rocker tech. makes life easy for them to learn to link turns.I say as soon as she wants to go take her and have fun.
Catman is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-21-2009, 10:35 PM
Senior Member
 
mijinkal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 180
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The way I look at it is that if they make gear to fit them, they're old enough to go.
I had my boy skiing when he was 2 and my daughter when she was 3. They're now 4 and 6 and can handle most black diamond runs I throw them down. I chose to teach my kids how to ski because it looks easier to teach and I used to be an avid skier so I know how to teach it.
Start off on the magic carpet and skip the rope tow if you can. remember to have patience and make shure they're having fun the whole time. When they start to get grumpy, give them hot chocolate, take a break or pack it in for the day.
mijinkal is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 07:06 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: San Diego
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Awesome advice guys. I have an 18-month old who started walking at 10 months and is full on running and kicks around soccer balls. I was thinking of getting him started at 3
girlsare2fun is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 07:20 PM
Veteran Member
 
oneshot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: PAC NW
Posts: 636
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
skiing is much easier to adapt to when very young. being able to snowplow on skis and learn to stop just comes way quicker. learn em on skis, then they get a feel for chairlifts, the mountains and the dynamics of mountain sports. then drop a board under there feet.

IMO = .02

http://oneshotproduction.net
Helping Old Dudes Look Kooky Since 2005
oneshot is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 07:26 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 5,340
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
I started my son at 5, he is 10 now and is very good. He can go down any run linking turns all the way. I sent him with instructors for about 15 days the past 2 years as well as summer camp on mount hood this year. He can do anything that 90% of his instructors can do. They usually look like they are doing some sort of partners dance coming down the hill on their snowboards. I only put him with instructors because he is better than any of us in the family and better than all of the snowboarding class kids so he always ends up being in a private lesson type of setting with only him and MAYBE one other student. It also makes him step up to their level of boarding to keep up. Sometimes by the end of the week they are trying to keep up with him.... He loves it. I make him wear protective gear always, if I catch him without it he is done for the trip, no exceptions. I dont need/want a head injury kid....
Argo is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 07:28 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 5,340
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
oh and one other thing. get the younger kids full protective gear in the summer and put them on a skate board and/or ripstick. The ripstick is a little big for 2-3 year olds but my kids started on them at 4 or so. The snowboarding was just a natural thing after that, it was just getting over the height of the mountain and not worrying about falling down.... way down....
Argo is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 08:53 PM
Veteran Member
 
john doe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 1,411
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
YouTube - Wesley Muresan - 3 year old snowboarder - Incredible!

Three seems to be working for this kid.

By three most kids should have the physical ability to do it but whether they can take and use instruction really determines when they can start.
john doe is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome