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Old 11-17-2012, 02:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Years ago on a Breckenridge Chair I met a snowboarder who was nearly 80. I was shocked and never met anyone older on a snowboard. He maybe the oldest snowboarder.

He said he was a skier but his knees where going bad. His doctor told him no more skiing. He switched to snowboarding because it was better for his knees. He told me he has been snowboarding for 15 years, much longer than myself. Since that was years ago he may be almost at 20 years on a board.

He had one of the best attitudes. I hope he is still shredding. There are lots of seniors on the mountains, but very few on snowboards. Most of the volunteers at Vail owned mountains are elderly skiers who have retired to the mountains.
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Old 11-17-2012, 02:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
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When I was first starting to ride last year (at 32), I met a local guy who started riding at 62, and is now 68 and teaches lessons! Another guy we met at Thompson Pass was 65 and ripping it up - riding an old step-in binding system just for fun. He's been riding and collecting gear for close to twenty years.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:46 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Since 10 yo, I skateboarded and surfed (chronic ankle injuries stopped me skateboarding in my mid 20s, but I still surf about 25 days a year). I always wanted to try snowboarding, but, as far as I knew, resorts didn't even allow them then.

I tried skiing (basically, riding them like I was on a snowboard...spraying on my edges, sideways, most of the time), but I couldn't seem keep from getting tangled up in all the equipment when I ventured into powder. I lost interest.

years later, at 39, friends invited me to go to Tahoe (stateline). It was Jan 1st and we arrived right after a huge storm (around 1-2 ft fresh). This was just supposed to be a party trip, but I rented a snowboard and a lift ticket to Heavenly and they never saw me again until we left days later. Totally stoked, completely hooked.

I've now been a passholder for 8 seasons at our closest resort (2+ hrs away). It's small, but it gets all the deep powder the sierra nevada mtns are famous for.

At first, even at my age, I was just as interested in learning the basic tricks (fs/bs airs, 180, 360, alley oop, etc), so I bought some pads and drove up every chance I got. I completed those goals and admit, that initial enthusiasm for the sport has waned, but I still love the deep snow aspect of snowboarding. Now, I usually only go up on powder days.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:13 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Cool man. I was a Corpsman too. I did 14 years in the Navy. 1997-2011, and I'm originally from Michigan. Was Born and raised in Detroit suburbs until 5th grade then parents moved to small po'dunk farming town town in the middle of the state called Gladwin. From there I joined the Navy, did my thing for 14 years and landed here in "The Great Pacific Northwest" I loved it from the day I got here, just wish we'd get snow flying a little earlier but can't beat it when it does start. Any way started boarding at 30 as my kids got me into it, now in my 4th year. Attempted some "homemade" boarding as a teen but that didn't go so well. I didn't have a clue what i was doing. None the less managed to teach my self once I got the right equipment. Took me three days on the slopes before I was entirely comfortable hitting blue runs. This year's goal is to concur some more difficult / steeper terrain.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #15 (permalink)
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no lessons here, either. That first day, I was in good shape; having just returned from a surf trip. Someone on the lift suggested I use my edges and that pivotal advice took me from greens to blues the first day (transitioning from edge to edge was fairly instinctual). I still busted my ass.

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Old 11-19-2012, 12:53 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm 41; no previous skiing other than way back in HS trying X-Country... in fact I hated our NE winters because I had nothing to do.

I first tried snowboarding when I was 35 - I had a co-worker take me out on a rental deck, up the lift, showed me how to falling leaf on the back edge, then said "see ya at the bottom, bro...". I spent most of that night on my ass skidding on hard New York "packed powder", i.e. ice, but knew I wanted to ride. I wound up taking some lessons the next year and it made a world of difference.

I always get a season pass at my local hill and make frequent day trips to Gore Mtn in the ADKs and weekends to southern / mid Vt. I travel for work and have been lucky to ride all over Summit County CO while working in Denver, and also got to hit up Mt. Baker and Stevens Pass several times while in Seattle.

I love riding all mountain and finding cool terrain and pow stashes - no park for me. Some friends and I just booked our 2nd annual guys trip to B.C. the end of January. Another 8 days at Revelstoke and Kicking Horse. Can't wait to get back to this: tons of pow and no crowds!
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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^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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Old 11-19-2012, 01:28 PM   #18 (permalink)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:42 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I'm 47 and just started, feel sore from all the falls but happy to be able to ride with my kid.

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