Well I'm not a typical boarder. I'm about 5'9" and 260+ pounds. BUT SNOWBOARDING ROCKS! I went to the mountain this weekend with a friend and my son. I was really hesitant because all the snowboarders I see are in extrememly great shape. I gained a lot of weight over the years and now I'm 34 and fat! However, I use to skateboard when I was young. Well I got up on the mountain and in less then 5 minutes, I took a beginner lesson, I was skating, and then boarding down our green runs (whichever is the beginner run). It felt great! I got people saying at the end of the run "Look, Mom, that guy is bigger then dad and he can board maybe Dad will come." I won't lie I did get some "giggles" because of my size, but most everyone was impressed I was able to board. I got down the mountain second try without falling. I'm not proud of the fact that I'm fat, but it was amazing that I was able to do this. I think I have some muscle in me because I used to play a lot of sports in my younger days: football, field hockey, rugby.
But here are some tips, and I'm going to ask in the boards forum:
* Get clothes that fit. I used XL snow pants and they fit fine if I'm not moving but as soon as I started boarding and kneeling on the board I started getting plumber crack
* They don't make step-ins but I hear good things about FLOW and K2 Cinch. I'm going to get one of them I found my most tiring time was when I tried to strap into the board. Bending over I was too much out of breath because of my "gut" being compressed, again, probably due to the wrong size pants
* Ride a 3 man ski chair by yourself hard to balance the chair when 1 person weighs so much
* Ask the instructor how many times he's going to have you practice falling and getting up. We had fresh snow, is this whats referred to as "powder"?, and it took all my strength to keep getting back up because I sunk and so did my arms trying to push me up
All I can say to the fat people keep trying you'll get gawkers and laughers but people started to respect the fact that I was carving down the mountain, not only were they surprised because of my height/weight, but it was also my first time. I'm going to post in your board forum for some advice on boards/boots/binds for fat people after I do some "searches" on your forums.
I hope to see everyone else on the mountain if you have any tips for "fat guys" please let me know! I hope to see everyone up there, and after you're done laughing at me maybe we can carve and be friends