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Old 08-24-2015, 06:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, long introduction as to why I'm here. I was lucky enough to grow up home schooled in the mountains, with 4 ski resorts within a few hours of me. Not only was I home schooled, but my mom was a paramedic and frequently worked with ski patrol at Wolf Creek, so I got to enjoy a lot of time on the mountain for free - however, I grew up skiing. I'd get to ski several times a week, and got very good at it and enjoyed it. I was also an avid kayaker and rafter. One of my three brothers picked up snowboarding, the hard way - my cousins hooked him up with a board and taught him some basics, took him up a chairlift, told him to figure out how to get down and left him. He actually fell in love and did well with it. I really wanted to learn as well, granted not that way.

So since then I have moved to the desert, though I'm still within 2 hours of several resorts. I can't stand being single and this close to a mountain without being able to enjoy it, so I'm going for it. I've been going to college and working hard for the past decade, so I haven't been on a hill in a long time. Recently I came to realize that I'm 32 and I still want to snowboard, so I've decided that this winter I will be taking up snowboarding. I've become addicted more to the idea than the sport right now, scouring YouTube for my fix. I figure I can learn what I can now, and focus on getting the right muscles into the game.

While I am older and a little bit stiffer than I have been, I'm still confident that I can do this. I've read and heard of successes with starting later, and am hoping to do the same. While I am a little bit heftier than most women at 5' 7" and 183 (30 down over the past 6 months), I'm still very active and healthy, riding mountain bike trails 10-15 miles 4-5 times a week after work, hiking when I get the chance. I've been told that my size and age will keep me from enjoying this, but I'm hoping that's not the case.

I don't plan to do any park or rough powder (that may change), I simply want to be able to enjoy it with my family. I have been able to talk my other 2 brothers into joining us. I figure that since we're so competitive, it'll be a challenge.

So, am I expecting too much here, or is this a possibility?
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can't speak to much of the rest of it,... But whomever told you, Your age and size will keep you from enjoying snowboarding? Hasn't the first friggin' clue what they're talking about.

I'm almost 55, I didn't start snowboarding until I was 50. 6 ft. 195-200 lbs then. 225 now. And I haven't always been fit or active. Snowboarding is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on!!!


Go for it!!
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Plenty of members here started way later than at your age. My father in law was 50+ when he picked up snowboarding and enjoyed it a lot!

Invest in lessons and protector (most of all helmet, wrist guards and your butt wiĺl be thankful for protection pants) cos you will fall a lot the first days, it's part of the game... don't try to absorb falls with outstreched hands - it's a killer for wrists. Try to ball the hand to a fist when you fall and absorb with the underarms.

As soon as you get over those first painful days and get a feeling for the edges, the fun begins!
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Old 08-24-2015, 06:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So, long introduction as to why I'm here. I was lucky enough to grow up home schooled in the mountains, with 4 ski resorts within a few hours of me. Not only was I home schooled, but my mom was a paramedic and frequently worked with ski patrol at Wolf Creek, so I got to enjoy a lot of time on the mountain for free - however, I grew up skiing. I'd get to ski several times a week, and got very good at it and enjoyed it. I was also an avid kayaker and rafter. One of my three brothers picked up snowboarding, the hard way - my cousins hooked him up with a board and taught him some basics, took him up a chairlift, told him to figure out how to get down and left him. He actually fell in love and did well with it. I really wanted to learn as well, granted not that way.

So since then I have moved to the desert, though I'm still within 2 hours of several resorts. I can't stand being single and this close to a mountain without being able to enjoy it, so I'm going for it. I've been going to college and working hard for the past decade, so I haven't been on a hill in a long time. Recently I came to realize that I'm 32 and I still want to snowboard, so I've decided that this winter I will be taking up snowboarding. I've become addicted more to the idea than the sport right now, scouring YouTube for my fix. I figure I can learn what I can now, and focus on getting the right muscles into the game.

While I am older and a little bit stiffer than I have been, I'm still confident that I can do this. I've read and heard of successes with starting later, and am hoping to do the same. While I am a little bit heftier than most women at 5' 7" and 183 (30 down over the past 6 months), I'm still very active and healthy, riding mountain bike trails 10-15 miles 4-5 times a week after work, hiking when I get the chance. I've been told that my size and age will keep me from enjoying this, but I'm hoping that's not the case.

I don't plan to do any park or rough powder (that may change), I simply want to be able to enjoy it with my family. I have been able to talk my other 2 brothers into joining us. I figure that since we're so competitive, it'll be a challenge.

So, am I expecting too much here, or is this a possibility?
Imo the main physical restriction is core and leg strength. Since you are already comfortable in snow gear all of that experience will be a major plus, your muscles already know how edges work.

The learning curve with snowboarding is generally pretty steep yet short, the best way through it is to invest in lessons.
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Going into 3rd year, started when I was 42. You'll have no problem!

Here's what I did, and I think it worked out pretty good.

Lesson the first day, obviously. 2nd day spend the first half trying to work more on stuff. 2nd half take a private lesson!

Splurge for the private. You aren't a kid anymore, it'll help immensely and in the scheme of things will be the best money spent.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. Great to know I'm not jumping into something I can't do. I'm a pretty determined person once I set my mind to something. I probably wouldn't have paid heed to naysayers anyway, but it's always helpful to hear the positive.

I make decent money, and living alone and being single helps with the finances. I plan to start after I return from vacation in the end of January. I will have an entire extra week off once I get back, so my intention is to take a second smaller vacation and spend a few days on the mountain. I do plan on lessons for the first few days, perhaps later depending on where I'm at. Falling will be my newest skill.

Surprisingly falling doesn't scare me, I've done it many times. It's the getting off of the chairlift part that's scary.
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Single eh?

I hear Canada's nice whatever time of year that is?

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Old 08-24-2015, 07:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Chair is daunting, there is no denying it. Your worst falls may even come from them. Just so you know, the falls that hurt the most are the ones where you aren't going fast. You just tend to fall in really clumsy ways when you have little momentum and they tend to be jarring.

Just remember everyone has been there. It'll take a bit but everyone figures it out.
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It's the getting off of the chairlift part that's scary.
Try to avoid old lifts which have no transition (don't slow down at loading/unloading); if your resort also has newer ones with transition rather take those ones first.

The old ones are indeed bit a hassle to get off the first times... Get a seat at the side so you can hop out of the way sideways.
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Try to avoid old lifts which have no transition (don't slow down at loading/unloading); if your resort also has newer ones with transition rather take those ones first.

The old ones are indeed bit a hassle to get off the first times... Get a seat at the side so you can hop out of the way sideways.
At copper and was on several of these. They are fast and don't really slow down when getting off. Gives you some decent speed getting off. Luckly I am good at riding without backfoot strapped in.
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