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    Posted: May/12/2009 at 6:27am
I dont think you can ever be too old to try something new and exciting...perfect example I know a woman in her seventies who is taking a trip to Hawaii, I asked her if she was planning on doing anything adventurous while she was there thinking snorkeling or hiking would be adventurous for someone her age, she quickly said she was really thinking about doing the zip line they had there and she wanted to do the pairsailing as well, proving you can never be too old!
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Stop wasting time and give it a go now before you get older!
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  Quote krispysteve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 7:23pm
Originally posted by polin@optonline.net

I've been a skiier for years but after watching my son snowboard, i'm seriously tempted to try it but i have heard of so many people taking up snowboarding after reaching 40+ and coming home with busted body parts. 
 
Is boarding really that much fun and worth it or is it a sport for the young at heart and more importantly, body?
 
Stick with skiing or should i hit the board?
 
Any time is good to start.  40 is the new 30, anyway.  If you're in good shape, the hikes won't be as bad.
A military friend of mine just clicked over, and he's anxious to start riding when he gets home.
You shouldn't even need to come here and ask for advice - you're going to be all right, just run with it.
 
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  Quote higiff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 6:11pm

Go fo it, try it hire a board, take a lesson and just go for it. age shouldnt be a defining factor to try a snowboarding

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  Quote Eastcoastryder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 5:24pm
Why not?,  I would go for it.  Its better to try something and see if you like it than to live the rest of your life never knowing if you could or couldn't do it.  Also you could pick up some wristprotectors, maybe some impact shorts, and def a helmet to help ease yourself into it.  Just make sure you give it more than a day before you say you dont like it because after the first rough day you will have many nice and easy ones.
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  Quote myach Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 5:00pm
yea like everyone else has said, just give it a try!! you won't regret it =D
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  Quote despotic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 4:35pm
Just rent once and see how it is. I don't think age should really matter. If you are active, then I see no reason you can't pick up boarding. Go rip it up, old man! ;) ... jk
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  Quote alaskankid13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 4:15pm
My grandpa is 74 and started up snowboarding a couple of years ago i guess and he is still hitting the mountains, but i guess he is also in a lot better condition than a lot of seventy year olds. he can still climb mountains with us and keep up if not pass us.
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  Quote BFBF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 4:10pm
Originally posted by shakazulu12

When presented the option of boarding or skiing, there really wasn't an option for me.  I'm only 28, but my knee's are thrashed from years of streetball and injuries.  There is no way I could ski safely.

The first couple of days will suck, but I'm sure you could get the hang of it.  My father is learning now and he is 53
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  Quote tchriste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 4:03pm

Definitely try it and buy a helmet.  The first time you catch your heel side edge you'll be glad you did.  I'd also recommend taking advil before, during, and after your first couple days.  I started at 34, also because my son started and it looked like a lot of fun.

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  Quote BFBF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 3:55pm
Originally posted by polin@optonline.net

I've been a skiier for years but after watching my son snowboard, i'm seriously tempted to try it but i have heard of so many people taking up snowboarding after reaching 40+ and coming home with busted body parts. 
 
Is boarding really that much fun and worth it or is it a sport for the young at heart and more importantly, body?
 
Stick with skiing or should i hit the board?
Do it, i've seen guys in CO and Utah that rip who are at LEAST 40.. Maybe closer to 400!!LOL
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  Quote ridegnudude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 3:50pm
definitely try it. I've seen a guy who was atleast 60 cruisin on an old alpine board.
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  Quote odoyale rules Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 3:31pm
I know a buddy's dad that was in the same position as you are. He picked up snowboarding, and he loves it
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  Quote ezza444 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 3:31pm

When I worked in the snowfields one year, my boss who would have been roughly 60-70 years old never went out all season which I didnt think as a strange thing. Then one of the very last days she came down to the shop I when I was working in all her snowgear, and a snowboard. I was so amazed and proud of her.

Moral of the story she gave it a go and she loved it.
 
If you have the chance try it, if you dont like it then stick to skiing, just remember you will be sore after the first day,
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  Quote Shakazulu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 2:38pm
When presented the option of boarding or skiing, there really wasn't an option for me.  I'm only 28, but my knee's are thrashed from years of streetball and injuries.  There is no way I could ski safely.

The first couple of days will suck, but I'm sure you could get the hang of it.  My father is learning now and he is 53
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i'll second the knees thing - i know a guy who played a lot of basketball his whole life and his knees have gotten pretty bad now (about 50 years old).  he made the switch from skiing to boarding because his knees hurt too much on skis, and says it feels much better on a snowboard.  still no jumps though Wink
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  Quote Kaptn Krunch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 1:59pm
There's a guy on another snowboarding forum that's in his 40's and he hits the park and has learned to do 7's off the big boy jumps.  IIRC, he picked up snowboarding when he was in his very late 30's or when he turned 40 and a few years later, he's damn good.  So it can definitely be done.
 
From talking to older riders, they all say the same thing.  You've gotta stay in shape.
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  Quote eVil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 1:48pm

My Dad boards with me and he's 65.  He started about 10 years ago, but was a skier for about 30 years before that.   He picked it up pretty quick.


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  Quote SunFish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 12:43pm
You're only 40??  I went to High Cascade snowboard camp last summer, adult session, and the 3 oldest campers were between 52 and 56, while half were in their 20's. I read an article that said more older adults were giving up skiing and taking up snowboarding because it is easier on the knees.  Go to highcascade.com  and read about the camp. It is something you and your son could do together for a week, you will learn to ride, and if you dont have the most fun of your life, well,...go back to boring old skiing.  
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  Quote Timmay_650 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 11:34am
I would just get wrist guards that seems like it is the number one busted part of learners. Your tail bone might be sore after a day but I know a few people who switched over just fine at that age.  
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  Quote VermontRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 11:21am
Who cares how old you are? If you want to snowboard, try it out. If you are worrying about busting a hip, you should probably stay in the lodge.
If you can apply the concept of edging you use on your skis with your riding, that should help out.
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  Quote giftedhands Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 11:16am
I think the hardest part for you might be trying to forget what you know about skiing. I'm sure your body falls into a natural kind of rhythm for skiing, so i would imagine it would be difficult to try and forget what you already know about being on the snow. I dont think you have any more risk of bruising/breaking something than any other 40+ who's never skiied and wanted to try skiing. In all likelihood, you'll probably do better. 
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  Quote heischjr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 11:11am
I was a skier for about 6 years before I tried to snowboard.  Ever since the first time I got on a board I have not been skiing once and I have no desire to.  You should at least give it a try.  All you have to lose is a few days of skiing. 
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Depends on how often you hit up the mountains... If you have the time to commit to the sport, I say go for it. Learning, is the hardest part. If you can past to the point where you're not always falling on your ass while trying to trying to carve down the runs than snowboarding can actually be easier on your body than skiing.
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I have ridden with Wingnutx and his wife a ton of times.  They are both 40+ and started riding within the past 3 years.  Wingnutx rips it down the mountain.  There is nothing wrong with boarding at 40+
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  Quote GUTH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 11:03am
its a whole different thing.  i cant tell ya if you would love it more then skiing but its def worth a try.  go up and rent for a day.  if you can take a lesson do that.  but yea, its def wroth trying. 
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  Quote nilop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/11/2009 at 10:16am
I've been a skiier for years but after watching my son snowboard, i'm seriously tempted to try it but i have heard of so many people taking up snowboarding after reaching 40+ and coming home with busted body parts. 
 
Is boarding really that much fun and worth it or is it a sport for the young at heart and more importantly, body?
 
Stick with skiing or should i hit the board?
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