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Old 03-07-2013, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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my son Boston is almost 6 months old. my sister has a 6 yr old who's been skiing for 3 yrs. she and her husband both snowboard. so I asked her why doesn't Emily board? She was told by the ski and snowboard instructors that, until a child is 7 they are too young to snowboard. why I asked? Because their hips aren't developed enough to not cause injuries later in life. By 7 yrs old their hips can take the constant motion of snowboarding....
My question is this.. IS THIS BULLSHIT!!!

I want him to board next season. is that crazy?
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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bullshit? maybe...each bullshit fact comes from some truth....i would say its much like the weightlifting before fully developed argument.

I have seen some really young kids on snowboards...i think if they aren't going chair to chair 5 days a week, it souldnt cause a problem with bone development. I would say moderation is key...but im no doctor.

ask your family physician...
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My son started at 4yrs old and did fine. My daughter was skiing at two but waited until this year to board she's 14 now. Let the kid decide.
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my daughter started at 3, now she just walks with a limp, but she's used to it (kidding), dont teach him how to ski, then teach him how to board, she'll learn bad habits, same if he was a boarder switching to skiing
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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was just at the dr. she said at 1 and a half he can start doing like fun little 5 min sessions on a cheap little strap in board. to get him use to having fun in the snow. then at 3 they have enough balance to start them in a snowboard school
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good info and exactly what I suspected... wonder where that instructor gets his facts? Cereal box? If a kid can ski a kid can snowboard, what is so different?

I'm having kids soon enough so I'll make a mental note

Thanks OP.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Well be careful saying that because they are different. The mental and physical skills require to ski are very different than to snowboard. Any 3 year old can put on skis and basically glide down the hill, no balance required, but put that same kid on a snowboard and they fall over and get frustrated.

To your original question, the ski & ride school I teach in starts ski lessons at age 3 and snowboarding at age 4. Through years of practice and failure, we've learned that the maturity level and motor skills of a 3 year old are conducive to learning skiing, but the balance and mental skill required to snowboard usually doesn't develop until age 4. Just think about the little things we take for granted - skating around on flat ground, maneuvering the board for a side slip and side step, ankle flexing and even trying to explain J-turns. They're just not ready yet. And in my experience, it's still a struggle at 4. I prefer 5 year olds when teaching. Not to say you can't teach a 3 year old, wriglets help SO much, it's just that more often than not it's going to be WAY more effort on your part than it's worth and you can't control how much they retain at that age.

Honestly, I tell parents that if they're dead set on getting their 2-3 year old on the hill, have him/her ski for at least a year or two to get used to the feeling of sliding down snow and using their feet to control direction. I skied for 6 years before I learned to ride and I really think that helped get me comfortable on the hill.

Good luck in what you decide!
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this is my son, 6 days before his second birthday.

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this is my son, 6 days before his second birthday.
That is awesome!!!

Now back to the original question: No such thing as too young...



Oh man I'm going to hell.
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this is my son, 6 days before his second birthday.

that orange striped hat really makes this photo

way to go little man!
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