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    Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 3:23am
Originally posted by FreeCarve

Now 62, 90% retired, and boarded about 175 days this past season. Last day of boarding Tahoe was July 9th.

My new hero, that is awesome!  First, I can't even start to imagine getting 175 days.  Second, doing it in your 60's is too cool.  60's are the new 30's. 
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  Quote tomek77pl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 3:37am
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Originally posted by FreeCarve

Now 62, 90% retired, and boarded about 175 days this past season. Last day of boarding Tahoe was July 9th.

My new hero, that is awesome!  First, I can't even start to imagine getting 175 days.  Second, doing it in your 60's is too cool.  60's are the new 30's. 

Holy crap Thats awesome, not only are you 62 but 175 days on the slope, now thats impressive. 
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  Quote cucubing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 4:00am

^^^

Originally posted by FreeCarve

Now 62, 90% retired, and boarded about 175 days this past season. Last day of boarding Tahoe was July 9th.
And post this on TruSnow forum? I just don't believe it. Thats crazy!
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  Quote grapeape2669 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 4:04am

^Wow.  If I survive all the way to 62, I can't imagine I'll still be riding.  Probably couldn't swing 175 days a season even now.  Hard to tell though, because work kind of gets in the way.

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  Quote CoMtnRider Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 4:09am
Getting 175 days a season would be pretty amazing, hopefully that wasn't all at one resort.  I would imagine the same run would get a bit old after that many days haha.
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It's never too late to try something new. Especially when it keeps you physically active. 
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  Quote FreeCarve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/31/2011 at 12:51pm
One of our tight crew is 63, and we're both typically on first chair. While he heads to the bar around 2:00, I'm usually riding 'til last chair. I have season passes / free tickets to two of the bigger resorts in North Tahoe, but prefer less crowded areas, mixed with a bit of hiking. Pow is prime, but I love laying it over on groomers, too. (No more jumps, as I can't afford any more broken bones.)

Just missed 20-ft Bells Beach last week, but got some pretty good 4-6 ft waves Monday. Bottom line, you're only as old as you feel .. I find that when I'm riding, I don't feel much pain. It's way worse if I sit around. I gotta laugh when guys talk about hanging it up at 40 .. that's when I really started getting into it heavily.
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  Quote snowmen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/01/2011 at 3:29am
Originally posted by FreeCarve

One of our tight crew is 63, and we're both typically on first chair. While he heads to the bar around 2:00, I'm usually riding 'til last chair. I have season passes / free tickets to two of the bigger resorts in North Tahoe, but prefer less crowded areas, mixed with a bit of hiking. Pow is prime, but I love laying it over on groomers, too. (No more jumps, as I can't afford any more broken bones.)

Just missed 20-ft Bells Beach last week, but got some pretty good 4-6 ft waves Monday. Bottom line, you're only as old as you feel .. I find that when I'm riding, I don't feel much pain. It's way worse if I sit around. I gotta laugh when guys talk about hanging it up at 40 .. that's when I really started getting into it heavily.

That is awesome, keep it up!!
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I hope my body will hold up by the time I'm 40 to keep boarding or even staying active for that matter.
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You have to try boarding!!! If you are a powder hound on skiis, you will absolutely think you have gone to heaven when you hit the powder on a board.
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My Dad started to learn to Ski when he was 45 on business trips.  He liked it and when a couple times with me when I was snowboarding.  He then wanted to give it a try.  After a couple times, he ended up taking lessons and getting way better than me.  Now he is 60 and still does it constantly.  He goes once a month in the summers and 4-6 times a month in the Winter.  It has really kept him health and gives him a new challenge.


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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 8:52am
Originally posted by Von44

I hope my body will hold up by the time I'm 40 to keep boarding or even staying active for that matter.

I started riding at age 44.  
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  Quote wpiass Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 9:00am
i'm 30, but have the body of an 80-yr-old....lots of stretching and ibuprofen.
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My dad is 55 and has skied for 35 years and wanted to try the same thing. Only thing i got for you is you have to have patience and practice to get to basic level. 
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Originally posted by tomek77pl

Originally posted by ctoma

Originally posted by FreeCarve

Now 62, 90% retired, and boarded about 175 days this past season. Last day of boarding Tahoe was July 9th.

My new hero, that is awesome!  First, I can't even start to imagine getting 175 days.  Second, doing it in your 60's is too cool.  60's are the new 30's. 

Holy crap Thats awesome, not only are you 62 but 175 days on the slope, now thats impressive. 
This is awesome!!!  I belong to a ski club where there are a lot of older skiiers shredding.  Some even qualify for the free tickets (for being old enough).  There is one lady there that both skis and boards and is 75.  
I'm pretty sure most of them are up playing in the snow more often than I am.  If I get up 10 times this year, I'm going to be stoked!
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I would be impressed by 175 by anyone.
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  Quote Skio25 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 9:23am
You can easily board at 40+, take it mellow to start. I was riding with a 71 year old guy for a few runs last season and he was doing front boards on the elevated skullcandy pipe with steeze
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  Quote carebear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 9:35am
Originally posted by wpiass

i'm 30, but have the body of an 80-yr-old....lots of stretching and ibuprofen.


For those over 40, be careful with the Ibuprofen.  Your liver cannot handle it like it did when you were younger, especially if mixed with booze! Dead
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 9:50am
Kelly Slater just won his 11th surfing world title at 39 years old...and, by the looks of things, he may still be winning it for another 5 years.  Genetics, cross-training, stretching and clean lifestyle (+talent) are everything. 

There a few snowboarders on this site over 45 that are pretty damn impressive...well, I consider 180, 360 airs, alley-oops, switch, 15 ft+ drops, etc in natural terrain impressive. 
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  Quote screwyvarmint Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 9:51am
The only issue you may have is the snot-nosed punk kids calling you "old timer".  But yeah, I rode up a lift with a 60-yr old guy and his 40-yr old wife who had just taken up snowboarding after decades of skiing, so it's not that unusual.
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  Quote carebear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 10:04am
Originally posted by screwyvarmint

The only issue you may have is the snot-nosed punk kids calling you "old timer".  But yeah, I rode up a lift with a 60-yr old guy and his 40-yr old wife who had just taken up snowboarding after decades of skiing, so it's not that unusual.


That's not nearly as bad as the little shit 7yr olds doing jumps and flips right over your head! Confused
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Originally posted by carebear

Originally posted by screwyvarmint

The only issue you may have is the snot-nosed punk kids calling you "old timer".  But yeah, I rode up a lift with a 60-yr old guy and his 40-yr old wife who had just taken up snowboarding after decades of skiing, so it's not that unusual.


That's not nearly as bad as the little shit 7yr olds doing jumps and flips right over your head! Confused


For real!  It amazes me the tricks some of the little kids pull off.   I was boarding with my uncle and he was over 50.  He got a hip replacement and he still boards.  Nothing wrong with enjoying the better sport on the mountain in winter time when your reaching your golden years.
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DAMN KIDS!!!!Angry all young and limber and full of energy and can't feel pain and stuff
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  Quote snowj720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 1:53pm
Originally posted by wpiass

i'm 30, but have the body of an 80-yr-old....lots of stretching and ibuprofen.
and Ice packs and groaning trying to get out of the car
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Old people can surely surprise you as much as the young ones.  LOL
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  Quote Piranha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/04/2011 at 2:07pm
Gerry Lopez is 62 and Laird Hamilton is 47.  Both of them still charge the world's largest waves and they both still shred snowboards (well, Laird only heli-boards in Alaska, but Gerry lives in Bend, Oregon, so I'm guessing he rides Mt Bachelor or helis those other gnarly mtns around there).
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I'm a few under 40 and just starting out this season. Can.not.wait!!!!
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  Quote STRICK-9 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/06/2011 at 3:34am
46 and hitting my 3rd year....this is the time to progress.  I only wish I had some locals that board so I could progress more thru friends pushing me.....
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/06/2011 at 4:01am
Originally posted by STRICK-9

46 and hitting my 3rd year....this is the time to progress.  I only wish I had some locals that board so I could progress more thru friends pushing me.....

Ironically I'm 46 and hitting my 3rd year, too.  I'm comfortable riding anywhere on the little hills of MI but I'm really looking forward to going to Breckenridge in April to see how my riding skills (or lack of) do on a mountain.
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have you been up to Bohemia ctoma?  You should hit it up in Jan. when the snow is still fresh. 
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  Quote ctoma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/06/2011 at 4:44am
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have you been up to Bohemia ctoma?  You should hit it up in Jan. when the snow is still fresh. 

No, I have not.  MikeD has been after me to get up there, just haven't had the chance.  I figure it's about a 10-11 hour drive, which is a heck of a lot of driving.  Wish there was an easier way to get there.
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  Quote snowj720 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/07/2011 at 1:43pm
could fly to Houghton and drive about 40 minutes from there.  We drove.  We live just south of detroit and it took us about 10.  Split the trip in half though and it's not that bad (like stop around the bridge for a night).  We're doing a trip in late Jan., it's sooooo worth the drive. 
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I'm 46, rode 50 days last year, been doing this for 6 years and I can still beat my 20 something year old kids down the mountain...but then again I have a 3rd degree separated shoulder and a broken wrist to show for it and it was worth it. Their injuries...none
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why not just try it? it doesnt how old you are you can shred at any age! I went snowboarding  with my friend and his dad and he is 48. once he started getting the hang of it he was beating us down the mountain.
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why not just try it? it doesnt matter how old you are you can shred at any age! I went snowboarding  with my friend and his dad and he is 48. once he started getting the hang of it he was beating us down the mountain.
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  Quote vandi518 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2011 at 1:56pm
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I'm 46, rode 50 days last year, been doing this for 6 years and I can still beat my 20 something year old kids down the mountain...but then again I have a 3rd degree separated shoulder and a broken wrist to show for it and it was worth it. Their injuries...none

We just don't bounce like we used to I guess! I'll be 43 in a month and have gotten in a minimum of 35 to 40 days for the last 4 seasons and expect to ride that many, if not more, this season.  Luckily, I have been able to avoid any serious injuries for the last few years but the little "dings" definitely seem to linger longer these days.
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  Quote nautika96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/08/2011 at 5:23pm
i noticed that after 25. But man, after reading this thread I cant wait to retire and just board all over the world. Tahoe sounds like a good place to retire. 
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  Quote STRICK-9 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/09/2011 at 2:03am
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i noticed that after 25. But man, after reading this thread I cant wait to retire and just board all over the world. Tahoe sounds like a good place to retire. 
I thought the same thing but a divorce later and half my retirement going to the ex...here is career number 2....
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i cant believe that this thread is still going. Sweet and for the record, i learned how to snowboard.  A lot more fun than skiing but ay my age, a lot more painful too! :)
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i cant believe that this thread is still going. Sweet and for the record, i learned how to snowboard.  A lot more fun than skiing but ay my age, a lot more painful too! :)


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I started riding last year at 40 with my husband and kids and love it. I couldnt walk straight for 2 weeks after the first time. We went about 20 times. Sugarlof is opening tomorrow I wish I didnt have to work but we will defenitly be there on Saturday can't wait to try my new Burton feather!
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I hope I'm able to do this at that age, but its probably not gonna happen. Props to FreeCarve!
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  Quote tmagee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov/21/2011 at 6:24pm
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I hope I'm able to do this at that age, but its probably not gonna happen. Props to FreeCarve!




At least give it a try! I give you mad props for even contemplating it. My boyfriend and his dad ski. And give me a lot of crap for snowboarding. On-going feud, kind of thing.

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I want to ride at age 100, so there's no way I won't be riding at 40 (only 3 years from now).
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I can't imagine a 70 yo doing board slides.
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I see a lot of 40+ people snowboarding at my local hill. Hell 2 of them are a ski patrol couple into there 60s. My advice... get a tailbone protector
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  Quote belleayre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/15/2012 at 7:34am
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I see a lot of 40+ people snowboarding at my local hill. Hell 2 of them are a ski patrol couple into there 60s. My advice... get a tailbone protector

The Azz-Pad. Good advice at any age. 
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  Quote nilop Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/16/2012 at 3:54am
WOW.  I started this post over two years ago and it's still going.  Damn that's unbelievable and yes, i did try snowboarding finally. :)
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