Originally Posted by grumpy_one
My son began skiing at age 4, he is 5 now and can wedge down a blue run no problem. How hard will it be to transition to snowboarding in a couple of years? I know I tried snowboarding once and didn't like it much (20+ years skiing at the time, and it was ice conditions). Thanks, Dave
If you start him on a board at 7, and if he's of average size and athletic ability, he should be linking turns on green terrain by day 3 or 4. Depending on how often he gets out, he could be confidently riding intermediate stuff by the end of his first season. As with skiing (or anything, really), it comes down to practice.
In my case, after skiing for 18 years the transition to snowboarding was lightning fast. I started heelsliding within the first 200 yards, began linking shaky turns within half a run, and then became cocky, which led me to attempt to concuss myself all over the mountain for the rest of the day.
I was able to pick snowboarding up so quickly (just as others have, as well) for a few reasons: I was comfortable sliding on snow; I had 18 years of ingrained (skiing) muscle memory; and I'm athletic. I'm not sure young kids have the benefit of the muscle memory, but only because they haven't been around long enough. The other two reasons, however, certainly pertain to people of all ages.
FWIW, I never stopped skiing, either. Now I just have more toys, and can constantly rib my boss about how "versatile" I am! Start your little one on a board whenever you think he's ready, but encourage him to keep skiing as well.