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Old 03-19-2014, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My son is 9, it's his first year. I've skied all my life. Took a bit of a hiatus so all my gear is ~10 years old, so it's time for new. Or I can jump into boarding for less money.

I'm 43, so when I started off all there really was was skiing and I stuck with it. Now I'm thinking of changing over. But I don't know, at my age it all seems a bit daunting. At 5'9 ~155lb i'm still in somewhat decent shape, my center of gravity isn't all over the place like some my age . But I don't know, it just seems like such a huge learning curve in front of me.

I know you all are going to say 'jump into it', so I'm really just looking for some real life experience from some people who have seen or gone through the same thing.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm 37 and my 9 and 7 year old kids convinced me to try snowboarding this year. So the three of us are learning together. After a couple trips I was able to comfortably do greens. It took me a bit more to really get comfortable with toe side turns, but I'm there now.

I would recommend you swallow your pride and spend some time on the bunny hill/magic carpet before you try the lifts. And still expect quite a bit of falling the first few trips. After that it sort of clicks and you start cruising. Payong for a lesson will probably save you a few hard crashes the first couple of days.
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I'm 37 and my 9 and 7 year old kids convinced me to try snowboarding this year. So the three of us are learning together. After a couple trips I was able to comfortably do greens. It took me a bit more to really get comfortable with toe side turns, but I'm there now.

I would recommend you swallow your pride and spend some time on the bunny hill/magic carpet before you try the lifts. And still expect quite a bit of falling the first few trips. After that it sort of clicks and you start cruising. Payong for a lesson will probably save you a few hard crashes the first couple of days.
It's actually just me this weekend so maybe I'll take a trip to the mountain and see how it goes. Maybe even surprise him out of the blue next weekend when we go depending on how things work out.
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I was 51 when I started and way out of shape, if you want it go do it, simples.
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I started at 40, excluding a couple times dabbling in college. My wife switched from skis to snowboarding at 43 when our kids aged 6 and 9 took it up.

Go for it, tons of fun.

Watch a few how to videos, rent some gear and book a lesson the very first time out, and some more lessons after that.

If you do lessons right away you'll learn quick and save yourself a lot of wasted time and hassle. You'll still fall down lots and have a sore butt of course but lessons really help.

If you're thinking of getting your own gear right away buy some new mid flex boots that fit really well after trying on lots of them, and the board and bindings don't matter much. Suggest you rent the board/bindings a couple times, get something 5 cms shorter than what the online calculators recommend for your weight, then buy something the proper size later, a shorter board is easier to learn on.

Post your questions here, folks are knowledgeable and helpful.

Snowboarding is harder to learn for the first few days than skiing but after that it's easier to progress, you will most likely move from green to blue to black faster than you did on skiis.
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just don't stop trying or decide you don't like it for at least the first three days. I spent a lot of time on the ground like many others did during those first few attempts. It's worth the effort.
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Practice on a skateboard, just to get the feeling of riding sideways.
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practice on the smallest slope first to get the basics down before you go fast.
give it 3 days also.
watch snowprofessor on youtube. they have very detailed videos to teach you how to do it properly.
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My son is 9, it's his first year. I've skied all my life. Took a bit of a hiatus so all my gear is ~10 years old, so it's time for new. Or I can jump into boarding for less money.

I'm 43, so when I started off all there really was was skiing and I stuck with it. Now I'm thinking of changing over. But I don't know, at my age it all seems a bit daunting. At 5'9 ~155lb i'm still in somewhat decent shape, my center of gravity isn't all over the place like some my age . But I don't know, it just seems like such a huge learning curve in front of me.

I know you all are going to say 'jump into it', so I'm really just looking for some real life experience from some people who have seen or gone through the same thing.
I started at 51. Had skied in my teens and 20's, but couldn't keep it up financially at the time (had to make some choices, and motorcycles won).

Having skied, you have an advantage in that you already know about snow, edges, lifts, etc. Having not skied in a while, you have an advantage in that you won't have too much trouble unlearning old habits.

One piece of good advice: take a lesson. Private if you can, group otherwise, but don't just rent the equipment and go out there and flop around like a fish for a couple of hours. Too painful.
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Having gone through my sons first season I definitely see the need for the lessons. I started him off with them so it's not a big deal. I guess the real thing is getting past the whole 'starting at the back of the pack' again when I'm so used to being at the front. My daughter is coming home for the weekend from college. Maybe I'll see if she wants to go with me.
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