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Old 09-25-2012, 09:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My dad is 65 years old and retiring at the end of 2012. He used to be a decent skier (blues + moguls), but hasn't gone out for a while due to knee surgery. Then, his eyes started shriveling on account of being old, which increased the risk of a retinal tear during high impact sports. He says the eye situation has stabilized and wants to go skiing this year. He also floated the possibility of learning snowboarding because it'd be easier on his old man knees, though I don't think he knows what he'd be getting into.

Is he too old to learn snowboarding? Everyone I know who learned snowboarding had a rough time physically, so I was wondering if it's advisable for him as well. He's not fragile - he still does a lot of yard work, swims and plays tennis regularly - but I'm afraid that the impact of repeated falls or catching an edge will mess him up somehow.
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Nope, never to old to learn. He may want to look into some protective gear, or he may not, but that's his call. Get him out there and share the stoke!
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No one is too old. If he is willing to take the physical punishment it takes to learn, then he can definitely learn it. There is a lot of falling in learning snowboarding. Especially the knees...
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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well in this case I"m on the fence...how is his strength and physically wise.
The amount of time falling and if your not in a place with powder can be banging on the body.
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I'd say go for it (with an appropriate level caution). It may well open up a whole new world for him, it did for me after many years on skis.

I'm not entirely sure it will be easier on the knees though, just different.
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Here's my take..... I started this later in life also. I learned to ski at 48 and at 50 I wanted to try snowboarding. I watched alot of videos and I was very methodical in learning and started very slow. I would recommend a butt pad - as I did get a hematoma on my rear from several falls on the same part of my rear. Wrist guards and a helmet and knee pads. I really didn't fall all that often as I learned at a slow rate and didn't push forward until I learned what I was working on. I have bad knees and I find snowboarding actually easier on my knees than skiing. I also didn't want to give up. I did get tired easily and would just practice for about an hour and then go back to the cabin and regroup. We were at the resort every weekend Saturday and Sunday and holidays as we had a season pass. My husband thought I would give up after the first two days, but I persevered and I was bound and determined to learn this sport - and I love it! Two more months and we will be hitting the slopes again - can't wait!
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Here's my take..... I started this later in life also. I learned to ski at 48 and at 50 I wanted to try snowboarding. I watched alot of videos and I was very methodical in learning and started very slow. I would recommend a butt pad - as I did get a hematoma on my rear from several falls on the same part of my rear. Wrist guards and a helmet and knee pads. I really didn't fall all that often as I learned at a slow rate and didn't push forward until I learned what I was working on. I have bad knees and I find snowboarding actually easier on my knees than skiing. I also didn't want to give up. I did get tired easily and would just practice for about an hour and then go back to the cabin and regroup. We were at the resort every weekend Saturday and Sunday and holidays as we had a season pass. My husband thought I would give up after the first two days, but I persevered and I was bound and determined to learn this sport - and I love it! Two more months and we will be hitting the slopes again - can't wait!
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I'd say you never are. I rode up the lift a year I two ago with a guy that was I believe he said early 70's learning. He said he had been skiing since he was in his teens and just wanted to try something new! Lol
Mainly probably depends on how good of health the person is.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have taught several friends including a 62 year old lady.

If he is athletic he should be fine but get a board with lifted up contact points and proper lessons.

My main suggestion is learn to ride somewhere there is powder, even if you take a 1 week trip somewhere.

Powder makes the difference between painful falls and possible injury and harmless, painless falls into a soft forgiving surface.

Its almost fun to fall on freshly groomed powder. Its hell on ice.
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