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 ?
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.
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 .