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    Posted: May/29/2010 at 9:46pm
I first start with skiing, but now I think snowboarding has more fun and cooler!!

and comfortable in many ways. For example, sitting on the slope.
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  Quote jcmolitoris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/19/2010 at 3:54pm
i recently went boarding with someone in their 70s and he beat me to the bottom of the hill each time. i hope i can still board when im his age
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  Quote andrethegiant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/19/2010 at 3:56am
yeah i think it would get incredibly boring if you were on the east coast, but if you live out west you would be all set and could advance to backcountry instead of kickers
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/19/2010 at 3:51am
I'm 45 and started snowboarding last winter. I'm not a converted skier (only been on skis 5 or 6 times) but my wife is a skier and she figured this would be the time to get our boys on skis (ages 4 and 6). I wasn't interested in heading to a ski resort to ski so I figured I would try snowboarding. Took one lesson and I was hooked!

About the only thing I can compare it to that I have done in the past (waaaaay back) is skateboarding. In my much younger days I used to spend the whole summer in a skate park. I haven't attempted to hit a snow park yet but I hope to make a lot of progress next season and maybe give it a try. We'll see...
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  Quote campfortune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/15/2010 at 7:56am
I do think as people get older, they do become more timid and more fearful.

It's a personal experience. when I was a kid and a teenage something, I was kind of fearless. I once jumped from a roof just to see if I could do it. now, I think I become kind of timid. in the back of my mind, I always worry if I will break my bones or skull....So, I don't really want to try risky tricks...
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  Quote sgreen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/15/2010 at 7:46am
A lot of very good comments on here.
   I was a few weeks shy of my 45th b-day when I first decided to give boarding a whirl. Over the last 2+ seasons, I've been out 39-40 times. I was hooked from that first day, which lasted maybe 2-2 1/2 hours. I'd skied for about five years as a teenager, but it had been 29 years since I'd last been out on the mountain. I never enjoyed the mountain on skis the way I do on a board.
   I've been an avid tennis player for over 10 years, but I'd give it up in a heartbeat, if I had to choose between it and boarding. There are a lot of different reasons to like boarding, just as I'm sure there are for skiing. Everybody's got their own story to tell. If you just like being out on the hill, snowboarding is definitely one great way to enjoy it.
   Also, I've got a friend that goes to the hill with me quite often, who, at 43 or 44, started learning to board this past season.
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  Quote julkydean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2010 at 7:03pm
Hey my good buddy Eric is 40 and I have a hard time keeping up with him. HE really doesn't act like he's that old. When you start, dont think about all the bones you could break, but think about how fun it will be when you get the hang of it.
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  Quote pibimbap Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2010 at 7:02pm
Haha I'm only 21, but go for it dude. I plan on boarding as long as I can still walk.
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I went with my 10 year old nephew this year for the first time.  I'm 42 and he and I had a great time.  We fell a lot, although not as much as I had expected, but had fun and it's something cool that we can do together.  Just ordered 50% off snowboards for our Christmas presents. :)  I think you will enjoy it.
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  Quote gody Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2010 at 1:47pm
Im forty this year and only took up snowboarding last year, from years of skiing. I took a one on one private lesson, expensive, but I can now snowboard with confidence. Its fun just doing something new, although I did do a rib cartlidge injury last season, catching an edge and landing face first under the chair lift is not my most memorable moment.
Still life is short and snowboarding is fun, thats all I can say.
 
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  Quote dking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2010 at 1:38pm
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Originally posted by shock639

I'm 33 now and plan on boarding my entire 40's.

My age and responsibilities do hold me back though.
This is exactly what I'm talking about. It's risk vs reward. When you get older, you know you'll never be a pro, so it's all about having fun and enjoying the ride. Just wait until you hit your 40s... the injuries linger even longer... and then 50s... geesh. But don't let that stop ya from enjoying life. And I bet Skoojoo's "not so good" Dad is having more fun than he can even imagine getting to shred with his son. Clap
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  Quote shock639 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2010 at 3:27pm
I'm 33 now and plan on boarding my entire 40's.

My age and responsibilities do hold me back though. If I get hurt I can't work. I run my own little small business involving labor. If I get hurt there is no one to do all the work that is already scheduled and that work will pay my bills.

I got hurt in the beginning of Feb. learning how to ride switch, I was still able to ride but I can still feel injury in arm to this day. After that I really had to calm down and get ready for work season and be fresh for spring.

I'm a spry 155lbs and am in excellent shape but still could feel my limitations towards the end of the day while boarding. I seemed to get hurt doing stupid things and would hold me back from progressing till I recovered. But that had more to do with inexperience.

The biggest limitation on me is jumps where my knees can not take anything but small ones. The more I learned, it got more advanced and I fell a lot and I felt like a 30 year old.

I will be a old man boarder, no ski's when I'm a senior citizen.
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  Quote wdi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2010 at 3:14pm
One of my good friends is nearly 50, and she still kicks my butt all over the mountain :).
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  Quote dongypro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/12/2010 at 3:09pm
as long as you dont fall over much, you'll be fine in the office the following monday :D
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  Quote LapuLapu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 3:02pm
43, married with 2 kids. I didn't think i could fall in love so late in life.....but i did. I've hit double diamonds at Aspen on my skis, surfed overhead waves and rode some pretty sketchy single-track trails on my mtb. But, i have never been as stoked as i was when i was watching my 2 boys (ages 5 and 7)carving down Solitude run at Mammoth.

"I want to see the mountains, Gandalf." Bilbo Baggins

From my youth, i was lucky enough to have my late father teach me about the simple joys of sliding down a mountain on skis. Like most kids, i didn't know how good i had it. This season, after a 20 year hiatus from the mountains, i finally took my family and we have been going every week since.

There nothing I can say in this post that hasn't already been said in this thread (perhaps only a re-emphasis on wristguards and helmets). Really, I just wanted to share the stoke. Thanks

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  Quote dking Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 2:00pm
Originally posted by Skoojoo

my Dad is 52 and he has been snowboarding as long as i have... of course hes not as good b/c of fear and arrogance but he handles all the same runs i do.


LOL. Obviously the point of view of youth. I'm sure he views it as risk management and level-headedness. After all, he has to go back to work the next day to pay the bills with his family depending on him. Don't want to risk that for a short term thrill. Also, the body just isn't the same after all those years. Damn, I sound old. Ouch
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  Quote southernsoul Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 1:58pm
I love the first post i read "first day is rough" yeah sure is I started post 40 and took a few bumps but as they say in the classics no pain no gain and thats all history now "I hope", get into to it its great!
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  Quote clintoon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 1:56pm
go for it, YOU CAN DO IT
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  Quote SoSik Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 1:44pm
Get a helmet, make sure your medical bills are paid, then go for it.  My friends uncles 46 an he rides with us sometimes he wasn't a previous skier but he picked it up pretty fast.
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  Quote Skoojoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 1:36pm
my Dad is 52 and he has been snowboarding as long as i have... of course hes not as good b/c of fear and arrogance but he handles all the same runs i do.
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  Quote 808miles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 1:32pm
Started in my mid 30's. I'm 43 now and don't intend on stopping anytime soon. Everybody's right about the first couple of days being a little rough, but stick with it and it'll be a stoke like you've never had before. Shred on, brother!
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  Quote evl4fun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2010 at 11:12am
I'm 40 and started in the winter of '06, and I swear I get a bit younger every time I go
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  Quote campfortune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/29/2010 at 8:23am
I think it depends mostly on individual abilities and propensities. Age is not that important a factor comparatively.
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  Quote kingman756 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/29/2010 at 8:11am
my cousins dad boards and he loves it. just take it slow and you'll love it alot. he was a skier but tried snowboarding a couple time and never looked back.
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Im 67 and snowboard just fine. Take yer centrum silver, pound a couple Ensure Energy Drinks and let the shred begin.
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wow.. i never thought about advanced lessons...

I wonder if they have that here down in DC..
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  Quote NYshred Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/29/2010 at 7:20am
if you think its getting boring, try taking an advanced lesson. if you get a good instructor, they will teach you things to do with your boar you never thought existed.
 
I became an instructor over this past season, and there are thousands of elements to just freeriding that i never thought existed for example, using counter foot motion and use the twist in your board to initiate turns.
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Originally posted by Piranha

first day is rough (and any time falling after that adds up), but there's no reaon why 40+ can't take up the sport...with pads.

progression is inevitable.  Only problem is how are you going to face the challenge of the next level, after being able to link turns down most runs and the technique of letting yourself fall with the least amount of damage? 

Do you see yourself stagnating yourself at the beginner plateau or are you going to move on to the logical next level?: tricks like riding backwards ("switch"), straight jumps, 180s, etc

can you ever see yourself riding off a big rock or small cliff in powder conditions?...because you are going to want to do something out of your routine 

Riding down groomers the same way for eternity can, eventually, get boring.  You're naturally going to want to progress, and in snowboarding, the consequences get exponentially higher



There may be some truth to this line of thought.  Since I'm a brand new beginner, I haven't gotten to the point to see how this plays out, and I figure I've got a long way to go. 

On the other hand, most things in life can get pretty boring around the age of 40-50, which is what leads so many people to have a mid-life crisis.   It's really up to the individual to continue to make the experience worthwhile.  When I get proficient, I plan to check out other resorts in the area, and then take trips to resorts in the Northeast and West.  I figure if I can't progress in my riding, I can use riding as a way to see the country. 

BTW, I would attempt some jumps, but it would embarrass my daughter too much!
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Originally posted by tm12881

 One suggestion I'd like to make is to get the proper protection gear, like wrist guards, knee pads, and butt pad are must (was for me at least). Helmet and elbow pads would help too. Good luck!

Definitely this. I'm not quite 40+ yet, but I've lost my sense of invincibility a long long time ago. I think the top protective wear would be 

1. helmet
2. wrist guards
3. knee pads

Mainly because those 3 things hurt badly when injured and are hard to fix! If nothing else, though, at least get the helmet.

I think if you have a good attitude and are willing to fall down a little bit during the learning process, you'll do fine. Be careful... but not too careful. Remember to relax and have fun.

Besides, underneath all the gear, no one knows how old you are. Maybe on the slopes, you are really a kid at heart.
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/28/2010 at 12:31pm
first day is rough (and any time falling after that adds up), but there's no reaon why 40+ can't take up the sport...with pads.

progression is inevitable.  Only problem is how are you going to face the challenge of the next level, after being able to link turns down most runs and the technique of letting yourself fall with the least amount of damage? 

Do you see yourself stagnating yourself at the beginner plateau or are you going to move on to the logical next level?: tricks like riding backwards ("switch"), straight jumps, 180s, etc

can you ever see yourself riding off a big rock or small cliff in powder conditions?...because you are going to want to do something out of your routine 

Riding down groomers the same way for eternity can, eventually, get boring.  You're naturally going to want to progress, and in snowboarding, the consequences get exponentially higher

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  Quote Tyler5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/28/2010 at 12:08pm
Haha, I have to say I don't think there is anything wrong with being an old snowboarder, it does creep me out when I see a 60 year old dude dressed like a 13 year old punk rocker snowboarder, but I guess to each his own haha.  I'd say give it a try and see if you like it.  I prefer having my feet locked in together and also not having to hike up a black to retrieve a lost ski in a nasty spill is always nice.
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Like I've always said, whatever gets you up to the mountain... go for it!!!
Like someone said, just rent, pay for a lesson (although I would recommend three), and see if you like it.  If you don't, it's only three days of missed skiing.  If you do like it, you may feel completely at ease.
Tail bone is definitely something to consider.  My husband had a sore bum for a few years after learning.  We're 10+ years into it now and loving it even more.  Now to get our kids involved (3.5 and almost 2)
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I started this year @ 38.. and i'm hooked.
I decided to switch from skiing and have no regrets.. i got tired of uncomfortable ski boots and the toll it takes on my knees..
boarding boots are much more comfortable and easier on the knees.. the learning curve is so worth it at the end.
i would certainly invest in impact shorts to protect your tail bones and level gloves that have integrated wrist protection..
ppl get injured only because they get impatient and don't take their time. if your willing to grasp the skill gradually, u have nothing to worry about!
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Age is a state of mind and so is snowboarding! Even an 40+++, your body is capable of doing a lot of things on the board. Don't let your physical age of even fear block you from your potential! Get out there and ride hard! Don't be afraid to get hurt a little! It makes your progress even more rewarding!Big smile
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i am 40+, my wife,(happy birthday honey) is nearly 40, we both ride, and ride hard, we lived in CO, and once you experience some deep pow on a board, you will know, that there is nothing better. I ski, and board, and think everyone should be skilled in both. About getting beat up learning, its nonsense, you're 40, not 70, if you are in good enough condition to ski, you should be fine boarding.
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learning to board takes a lot more determination than skiing.  The learning curve is much steeper on a board.  Add to that the pain associated with your first time out... some people get put off by that.

I learned to ski first and skiing was pretty fun and easy to learn.  My first time out skiing, I was almost carving on blues the same day.  When I first went boarding, I spent 8 hours on 1 green run.  By the end of the day I was able to link turns.  However, the next day I was sore everywhere.  Snowboarding is definitely harder to learn and much more painful.

That was 11 years ago.  I have never been skiing since and I have absolutely no desire to go skiing again.  Boarding is definitely more fun.  
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45+ is probably too late to learn to board..
 
But once you know how to, i'm pretty sure u can board well into late 60's, early 70'sClap

I call BS. I took up the sport at 29, with my brother in law who was 40. He has skied since the age of 4, and decided he was ready for something different. Now he's a very different rider than I am, and we're both approaching it very differently than my 12 year old nephew, but I see no reason why someone 40+ or even 60+ can't take up the sport for the first time. 
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My boss is 64 and he is still boarding every year, so go for it!
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i can only hope i am sitll able to ride when i am 40+
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  Quote SnowSurfr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/22/2010 at 8:10am
I have a friend in UT who is 63, on the last big pow dump at snowbird he both skiied and boarded. He said he skiied double blacks with a buddy that is 78! age is a number, it's all in the attitude and approach! If you think you can't because a number you probably wont, if you just go do it, and keep at it, there's no reason to when when you shouldn't! Too old is bullshit!!!
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  Quote bdenny4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 11:12pm
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Lessons were key for me. I'm doing tougher blues and easy blacks and still plan on taking lessons at the beginning of each season. It's not about not falling, but getting the most fun out of the experience with good technique.

   

Totally agree with this statement.
I am similar to you - started at about 38 and each season I have a couple of lessons, push myself a little more and spend a few more days on snow.
I will be spending a season in the snow here in AUS this year so I am hoping that those blacks will be handled with a little more ease at the end of it Smile
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  Quote tmoney Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 9:32pm
I saw an older gentlemen (60ish) at the park boarding and he looked so happy.  He reminded me of the Dos Equis man.  I wish to have his swagger at that age.  
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  Quote SnowBanker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 6:23pm
Started when I was 40. Haven't fallen much if at all this past season, but I still wear impact shorts with real tailbone protection, wrist guards and helmet, probably don't need knee or elbow guards, but I wear them anyway. Makes being on my knees when I stop more comfortable. Keeps the joints warmer which protects from injury. I am certain I heal slower than I used to, so I take precautions.

Lessons were key for me. I'm doing tougher blues and easy blacks and still plan on taking lessons at the beginning of each season. It's not about not falling, but getting the most fun out of the experience with good technique.

I joked with my wife that my red snowboard was my midlife crisis equivalent of a buying a red convertible sports car! The only time my mind is not cluttered with a million things to do, is when I snowboard. Sounds silly, but I am hoping that my snowboarding and yoga will keep my mind and body healthy into a ripe old age.
   
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  Quote VASHTS718 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 6:00pm
45+ is probably too late to learn to board..
 
But once you know how to, i'm pretty sure u can board well into late 60's, early 70'sClap
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  Quote seyheeya Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/21/2010 at 5:45pm
My husband and I just started snowboarding this year and we're in our mid thirties. We definitely hope to be snowboarding though the 40s to 70s if our bodies would allow it!
One of the instructors I took a lesson with was probably in his late 50s and he was the best teacher I've had so far! It's never too late to learn!!!
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my uncle (age 42) came up with me. i tried skiing and he tried snowboarding the first time and he got destroyed lol
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