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Old 03-07-2012, 10:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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A game I use with the hoop and kids who have a little better board control that they love is prisoner. I will be their "prisoner" riding inside the "force field" of the hula hoop and they are the "space enforcer" taking me their ship. It is amazing to see how well they ride when on an imaginary mission and they stop thinking about how to snowboard...
Uhhh, do you know my kid? He is obsessed with Star Wars (don't ask me how that happened) and would absolutely love taking me prisoner in his spaceship using his force field. If we played that game on the hill he would probably ask to go snowboarding every single day. However, he'd probably ask to ride with his light saber.

Snowrat - what you are saying makes sense as well. It seems like walking and holding their hand is a good approach early on, then the hula hoop thing would be once he's starting to go too fast for me to walk with him....helping with the transition from the magic carpet to the actual green runs.

All good ideas. I'm getting stoked to give him a board and let him try it out!
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It depends on the kid but make sure you dont overestimate your kids athletic ability ( i think most parents do).
Also make sure the mountain or rental shop have right size board. Sometimes rental shops just give them smallest they have which sometimes is not small enough.

Be careful not to start too early since they may end up having bad first experience. You want them to have GREAT first day so they cant wait till do it again. And make the day shorter (half day etc), 5 year olds dont have very long attention span.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:38 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I really think it is all up to the child. I have one daughter who is an extreme outdoor enthusiast and she is only three and one little girl who doesn't even like to go outside. We started our daughter getting used to sliding on a board when she was two. Certainly nothing to crazy but Burton has really nice gear for the younger kids with a riglet wheel attachment for snowboards so children can get the feel for standing sideways. This was my three year olds first season at the mountain and she is now in love. Try borrowing or renting gear to make sure they like it. I suggest there is not a age to early to start as long as they are into it and having a good time. Here is a clip of my daughter, I certainly don't agree with the age seven rule! Happy shredding!

Paisley Flowers Snowboard Girl - 3 Years Old - YouTube
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:40 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I really think it is all up to the child. I have one daughter who is an extreme outdoor enthusiast and she is only three and one little girl who doesn't even like to go outside. We started our daughter getting used to sliding on a board when she was two. Certainly nothing to crazy but Burton has really nice gear for the younger kids with a riglet wheel attachment for snowboards so children can get the feel for standing sideways. This was my three year olds first season at the mountain and she is now in love. Try borrowing or renting gear to make sure they like it. I suggest there is not a age to early to start as long as they are into it and having a good time. Here is a clip of my daughter, I certainly don't agree with the age seven rule! Happy shredding!

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That is cute. I love it!
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There is a year and half old kid that rides the bunny hills on Saturdays. The high backs come up to his knees! He seems to love it. Seems a little young to me ...
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I really think it is all up to the child. I have one daughter who is an extreme outdoor enthusiast and she is only three and one little girl who doesn't even like to go outside. We started our daughter getting used to sliding on a board when she was two. Certainly nothing to crazy but Burton has really nice gear for the younger kids with a riglet wheel attachment for snowboards so children can get the feel for standing sideways. This was my three year olds first season at the mountain and she is now in love. Try borrowing or renting gear to make sure they like it. I suggest there is not a age to early to start as long as they are into it and having a good time. Here is a clip of my daughter, I certainly don't agree with the age seven rule! Happy shredding!

Paisley Flowers Snowboard Girl - 3 Years Old - YouTube
Allright, that is the best snowboard video I have seen this year.

My daughter is 2 and I could see her WANTING to do that type stuff in a year but can't see her actually doing it. She's just a crazy little girl that tries to do the same stuff her hyper 5 year-old brother does.
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He's pretty coordinated....not a freak, but pretty good. He was riding the chair after his second lesson this year and now after 6 lessons, he goes down the green run pretty easily without falling by doing little wedge turns.

I am definitely not going to force him to make the switch, but now that he's asking, I've gotta decide if I switch him to snowboarding lessons next year (maybe get him out few times this spring just to confirm he wants to learn again).

He's already got a helmet, but wrist guards would be a good idea as well.
As a beginner rider, I also highly recommend knee and hip/tailbone protections. My knee pads saved me so many times. I wish I had some impact shorts to protect my butt.
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I really think it is all up to the child. I have one daughter who is an extreme outdoor enthusiast and she is only three and one little girl who doesn't even like to go outside. We started our daughter getting used to sliding on a board when she was two. Certainly nothing to crazy but Burton has really nice gear for the younger kids with a riglet wheel attachment for snowboards so children can get the feel for standing sideways. This was my three year olds first season at the mountain and she is now in love. Try borrowing or renting gear to make sure they like it. I suggest there is not a age to early to start as long as they are into it and having a good time. Here is a clip of my daughter, I certainly don't agree with the age seven rule! Happy shredding!

Paisley Flowers Snowboard Girl - 3 Years Old - YouTube
THIS MAKES MY HEART SMILE!!!

I've seen some kids that are about her size running all over the mountain having a freakin blast. They look great! Usually they look like they're 5-6 though... Man I started when I was 11 I wish I started earlier!
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I've gone through four pages of post and the original question was, is there a physiological reason, developmental reason. Not does a 5 year old have the skill to do it. I was told it had to do with hip development 2nd hand.
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It might be true but it greatly depends on the physical ability of the kid. If he can do it at that age, then let him play.



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