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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Dear Abby:
  My 17 year old has informed me he wants to learn to snowboard this season.
suppose his twin sister wants to try it ?
could it spread to  my grandkids ?
where did I go wrong ?
What will I do ?

post #2 of 18
Dear easy rider:

I faced the same harsh reality when my then 10 yo son (now 13) decided that he wanted to take snowboarding lessons and give up on skiing.  After the initial anguish I made peace with it as it at least got us out on the snow.  Better to snowboarding than not out at all. It was painful to watch him learn, lots of hard falls, but he stuck with it.  Fortunately, his two younger brothers prefer skiing and I don't see that changing.  Hang in there, he will probably see the light someday.  Despite how you feel it does not reflect poorly on your parenting.

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
My wife thinks I'm over reacting,but then she doesn't ski either.
I agreed to rent his board but drew the line at paying for his lessons.(he can use his own money)
It will be very hard not to yell obscenities as I pass him sitting in the middle of the runs.
As you stated at least he will be on the snow
post #4 of 18
My suggestion would be to use several scary pictures and videos showing the consequences of snowboarding, maybe that will sober his mind.
post #5 of 18
Originally Posted by tylrwnzl View Post

My suggestion would be to use several scary pictures and videos showing the consequences of snowboarding, maybe that will sober his mind.

It could be worse. Well, maybe not.

Rehab could be an option.
post #6 of 18
Maybe 3 days in solitary confinement watching nothing but snowboarders wipeout hard and break things.
post #7 of 18
I got to resume skiing after a long layoff because my youngest kids took up snowboarding. I don't think I'm in a position to complain.

I did get to teach my son to ski a couple of years ago, but he was disappointed that he wasn't an expert after four days, so he went back to snowboarding.
post #8 of 18
in all honesty book a lesson with me and will drive the devil out of them ;)

but really if your kids want to snowboard who cares?

for the rest of the parents gooing though this you simple didnt teach them how much better and more trick skiing is. Alot of kids want to board to do "tricks" twin tip skis and some time on them and simple jumps and 180s become easy to do for young people.
post #9 of 18
Let's face it, snowboarding is viewed as hip and happening by younger kids between the cool fashions, the boards and an entire lifestyle that revolves around snowboarding...skiing is now viewed as your "father's sport."

I'm a skier, but my son has really gravitated toward snowboarding and is now on our mountain's competitive team. I love the fact that he's got his own thing, yet we can all still fly down the mountain doing our own thing.

Does the sport scare me in terms of injuries...of course, but so does skiing and so does horseback riding which is my daughter's choice of sport. The good news is that they're out there having a blast, getting exercise and breathing in fresh air.

I've learned over time that the best sports for kids are those that you can participate in with your kids, so if my son's only deviation from it is he snowboards, I ski, I'm OK with that!
post #10 of 18
 disown him immediately before the cancer spreads
post #11 of 18

I started teaching my son last year at 5yr to ski. The first thing he asked me was if he could snowboard, I told him they do not allow you too learn until you are 10, This gives me 5 years to get him hooked to skis. After his 2nd day on skis he didn't mention snowboarding again, so hopefully I am winning for now.
But honestly if your kid wants to try snowboarding it will be OK, just be happy they are outside snowboarding instead of inside snowboarding on the newest video game. I would rather my son be snowboarding beside me on the mtn than resent me for not letting him try and give up snow sports altogether.

post #12 of 18
Like BerthoundPass I taught my sons to ski at a young age (3 y/o). The rule in our house is that you have to be able to ski a black diamond, not just get down, before you can get a snowboard. My oldest led his class down a fairly steep black run and promptly announced, I want my snowboard.

Next season as promised, I got him a snowboard, but I don't snowboard so I could not teach him. He does not like lessons either. Well the long and short of it is, he HATED snowboarding because of the constant falling in the beginning. He now has twintips and could not be happier. A skier for life!

Next up son # 2. Only 7, but a better natural skier than his older brother, who is already asking for a board. We may not be able to keep this one from the Dark Side, I fear.

I feel your pain easy rider. To be continued . . . .
post #13 of 18
I feel for you guys, but agree that it's mostly all about being outside, sliding down the mountain on snow, regardless of device.

One thing I do disagree with, however, is that kids view skiing as your "father's sport".  Maybe some feel that way, but I think that is fading.  A lot of people in my age range (mid/late 20s) picked up snowboarding for that reason, but as snowboarding has gained in popularity, a lot of that has worn off.  I mean, can it really be that much more hip and cool when you now see 40+ year olds ripping the mountain on snowboards?  More likely, a lot of kids snowboard because they can progress faster and the gear is cheaper.  Your kids want to do what their friends are doing, and if most of them snowboard.....

A lot of my friends have told me they wish they never would have bailed on skiing when they were younger.  They could still ski now, but they are a long way off from doing it with style and grace, so they continue to snowboard.  I truely believe that more and more of the "cool kids" are two plankers.
post #14 of 18
My condolences, ER.

Do snowboarders take professional lessons? or do they just follow their buds to the top and 'make it happen'?  Just kidding. I paid for my girlfriend's daughter's never ever all day lesson and she couldn't be happier (girlfriend and daughter). Mom gets to ride the lift once each day with her daughter.

A happy rider beats a grumpy skier. Plus their gear is cheaper, I think.


By shear coincidence I just watched Easy Rider last night.
post #15 of 18
It's no big deal.  My son can keep up with 95% of skiers as long as it's steep.  I just avoid any area's were I have to skate. 
post #16 of 18
No way, put your foot down.

My son had a ski tuning business when he was in HS.  Apparently he decided to expand the scope of the business to include snowboards.  So a kid shows up at the house with a board and I wouldn't let him in.  Quite a scene!

Snowboarders sit around while skiers ski.  There is very little technical development in that sport.  Snowboarders don't stick with it.  I might be generalizing in these statements, but this is my experience.  Out west it may be different since snowboards are great for powder.

I have met some very nice snow boarders and I try to keep an open mind.  Tolerance - except when they hit someone, which seems to be often.
post #17 of 18

Let's face it, snowboarding is viewed as hip and happening by younger kids between the cool fashions, the boards and an entire lifestyle that revolves around snowboarding...skiing is now viewed as your "father's sport."

I think, not so much anymore.  With twin tips & skiers in the park doing bigger tricks than Snowboarders the "coolness" of boarding is wearing off.  IMO, I don't see the sport growing.  Kids in the mountains are skiing again.  The kids who are drawn to boarding are those who are influenced by the skate community, which is mostly an urban activity.  A lot of today's fathers are from a generation that only snowboarded & didn't ski, so that theory is dying.

My niece who was an expert skier, decided she wanted to be a boarder when she was in her early teens.  Mostly because her flatlander friends talked about it at school & it was the cool thing to do.  I told her I would teach her, & she caught on very quickly & progressed really fast.  Within a couple of seasons she met some mountain boys who were skiers.  She hung up the board & has never looked back.

Let your son give it a try.  The more you resist, the more he'll want it.  Chances are he will get discouraged learning a new sport.  Provided that he is already a pretty good skier, he may return to it.  Let him watch some video of the ripping freeskiers in the park & maybe he will see the greater potential skiing has to offer.  Better yet, lead him into a wallow on a deep powder day & leave him .



post #18 of 18
As someone who participates in both sports, I say let him learn. Aslong as hes out there enjoying the hill, whats it matter? There are alot worse things he could be doing.
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