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Thinking of learning to snow board

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I'm a 40 year old ex-skier (been about 20 years) thinking of taking up snowboarding.  I'm considering renting some equipment and taking a couple of lessons to see if it is something I might enjoy.  Assuming I do like it and decide to buy some equipment, what board, boots and bindings would you recommend for a beginner?  I'm 5'6" tall and weigh 160lbs.  I live in northern Michigan and that is where I will be snowboarding for the time being.  No interest in doing tricks, just some casual cruising.

Thanks for any input.
Edited by PCCC - 1/19/10 at 2:20pm
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First thing to buy/rent is a good helmet! I took up boarding at the age of 58.....not a good idea (edge catches are murder), but had to keep up with the son, or so I thought.

IMHO, the only reason to board is if you're bored (no pun) of skiing, or want to do the park, or have an extensive skateboard experience.  I have seen a lot of young ex-boarders on skis recently, and at one park event I saw last spring there were as many on two boards as there were on one, so go figure.
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PCCC - Welcome to the "dark side" of the EpicSki forums!

Renting first is obvious, but what is not obvious is that most rental fleets have beginner boards that are very flexible and have high beveled edges to help minimize those nasty edge catches. If you're not beyond the raw beginner stage but still having fun when you chose to get a board, you're going to want to get one of these beginner (e.g. Burton LTR or Rossi Accelerator) boards. But you'll probably be beyond that stage. If you've got any skateboard, wakeboard or surfing experience, you'll probably pick up riding much quicker than the average Joe. If you're just average, you'll still want a relatively shorter and more flexible board. One thing for sure is that you'll want a "freeride" type board (which is directional/all mountain) vs a "freestyle" type board (which is intended for tricks/parks/pipes) or an "alpine" board (which is for carving/racing). For boots, the primary concern is comfort, but stiffness (beginners want less stiffness), type of lacing system, weight and durability may also be factors to consider. For bindings, there are some options on strap systems. My opinion is that a beginner would be more concerned about ease of use of the binding and binding durability than binding performance.

It's hard to recommend a specific brand/model for boards/boots/bindings because there are hundreds of choices. You might want to consult a buyer's guide like this one to at least choose the features you want, then go shopping. A good board shop in your area can help you choose. There are several online shops that offer personal service to help as well. The House is a good place to start. I have several online sources listed on my "where to buy page" on my personal web site.
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Thanks Rusty!

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