what's TOO young? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
stickz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wa
Posts: 533
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
what's TOO young?

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?
stickz is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:19 PM
Veteran Member
 
Banjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 730
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
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...
Banjo is offline  
post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:20 PM
Veteran Member
 
BoardWalk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 876
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
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.
BoardWalk is offline  
post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 12:23 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Blog Entries: 1
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
Clayton Bigsby is offline  
post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
stickz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Wa
Posts: 533
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
what's TOO young?

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
stickz is offline  
post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 01:41 PM
Veteran Member
 
Casual's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Casual is offline  
post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:11 PM
Senior Member
 
M.C._Dub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vermont
Posts: 197
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
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!
M.C._Dub is offline  
post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:33 PM
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
racer357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 526
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
this is my son, 6 days before his second birthday.

racer357 is offline  
post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:40 PM
Reformed Creep-o-saurus
 
poutanen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 6,375
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 132 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by racer357 View Post
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.
poutanen is offline  
post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-07-2013, 02:42 PM
Senior Member
 
M.C._Dub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Vermont
Posts: 197
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by racer357 View Post
this is my son, 6 days before his second birthday.

that orange striped hat really makes this photo

way to go little man!
M.C._Dub 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