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Jungest age to start snowboarding?

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I want to ask, what is the jugest age for a child to start boarding?


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Originally Posted by snowmouse View Post


I want to ask, what is the jugest age for a child to start boarding?


"jugest"?  Is that the Cuban spelling for youngest?


My guess 3 or 4, more fun out of diapers....


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Most mountains won't teach snowboarding until the age of 6 or so.  A little bit more body control and muscle is required to make a snowboard work.  Skis are not as hard for them at that age. 


As far as teaching them yourself goes.  Whenever you feel like they can handle it.  4 or 5 is possible.

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This young lady began at 4 and has accomplished a lot.  I had the good fortune to watch her race at Okemo and Winter Park this past season..


My grandson races on skis and is asking about snowboarding.  He turns 4 in September and will probably wait another year before taking up boarding. 

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Most snowboard school programs have a minimum age of 6 or 7. Some programs (including those based on Burton's "Mini Rider" program) start kids riding at age 4. I have taught two successful first time riding lessons to 3 year olds (as private lessons). I have seen a 9 month old successfully learning to ski and have no doubt that that child could have been learning to ride. I won't say that starting a child riding before age 7 can not be done. I will only say that it is generally more difficult to get a child riding unassisted before age 7.


What age you decide to start your child riding should be based on your child's ability AND what "program" is available.


There are many different opinions on this subject.

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My son started skiing when he was 4y/o and it probably took him 3-4 lessons before he was going on his own.  Last year, at the age of 5, he really wanted to snowboard. 


Some friends suggested that he wait a few years, but since he really wanted to try, I let him.  We went 5-6 times and he just couldn't get it; he couldn't balance, he didn't really have much control, and he wasn't having much fun (plus: since he spent so much time in the snow (either falling or sitting): he spent a lot of time being wet...which meant he was cold...which meant he was miserable).


I asked him if he wanted to try skiing again just once (If he didn't like, he could go back to the snowboard).  He agree and I rented him some skis. WIthin a run he was back skiing and by the end of the day he was much better.  He spent the rest of the season skiing and, by the end of the season, he was tackling most groomers with ease and did a few mogul runs as well.  We deceided he would ski another 2yrs and try snowboarding again when he was 7 or 8.


I'm sure kids can learn to snowboard when they're younger, but my son picked up skiing much easier.  The most important thing though: since he could ski without crashing and felt more in control, he was having more fun.


He'll try snowboarding again, but it'll be when he's a bit bigger and has more muscle control.  I guess that's why a lot of places (and my friends) say to wait until they're 6 or 7.





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The reason most programs wait to teach riding until 7 is that (control wise) kids generally grow from the center out. Snowboarding needs more control from the ankles than skiing does. By age 7 most kids have enough control in the ankles to master riding and the motor skills to perform opposing movements (e.g. to twist the board along the length). 

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Thanks a lot!!

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