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Will you ever switch to skiing when you are older?

Poll Results: Will you ever switch to skiing when you are older?

 
  • 71% (5)
    I will never quit snowboarding!
  • 28% (2)
    I will probably switch to skiing at some point when I am older.
  • 0% (0)
    If I can't snowboard anymore, I will just quit snowsports altogether.
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hi all,

I have just joined the forum after accidentally stumble upon this great community. I am a 31-year-old intermediate-advanced snowboarder. I started with skiing about 4 years ago and did change to snowboarding a few years back and never look back!
I am getting comfortable and start doing a little bit of jump but nothing too crazy like what the teen snowboarders do!

One thing I have always wondered, how much longer can I snowboard? I have yet to came across any snowboarder in 50's or 60's (although I am sure there is quite a few out there) The oldest one I have talked to is in his late 40's, just switched to snowboarding a few years ago to connect with his kids!  I am not sure whether the reason that we don't see many older snowboards is because the nature of the sport that is kinda risking or is it because snowboarding has been around not very long?

Will you ever switch to skiing when you are older or will you just quit snow sport?
What is the oldest age of a snowboarder you ever came across?

Any thoughts?
post #2 of 19
Step into my parlor said the spider to the fly.  I found a forum last season.  You'll be quite the youngster there. 
http://graysontrays.com/bb/

Grays on Trays has been featured recently in the PSIA - AASI publication 32 Degrees and been vilified by TransWorld Snowboarding.

There's a guy in his 80's out at Steamboat.  He always wears yellow and is a local legend.  He jumped over me once about 19 years ago while on his board.
post #3 of 19
We have a nice lady in our school who is pushing 70 who teaches riding.

I've been riding since age 40ish, but I never quit skiing. To me, there's not much difference between the two sports. I'll quit when I can't fog a mirror.
post #4 of 19
"When you are older..."

I don't consider myself old - my inner child is only 17 - but the calendar tells me I'll turn 64 this fall.  To answer your question, I split my time 50/50 between skiing and boarding and can't see ever giving up either. 
post #5 of 19
I grew up skiing, stopped for a while and started snowboarding at age 25.  I rode for the past 4 years, but went back to skiing last year because I feel more confident with skis on the Eastern ice.  I'll probably break out the board again sometime this season.  I do have to say I miss the comfortable snowboard boots!!
post #6 of 19
quit riding? switch to skiing? why? i don't know about others, but i think skiing takes more toll on my body. skiied for 18 years before picking up snowboarding 4 years ago. did much injustice to my knees skiing. no plan on going back ever.
post #7 of 19
Why quit? Well, eventually the mind may be willing but the body will have other ideas. I once had an "experienced" lady for a "lesson" where my real job was to just ski with her because all of her skiing buddies had croaked. In the middle of a bump run (yikes!) she informed me that her doctor told her she could not ski because if she fell, she'd break her hip and bleed to death on the spot. She explained that she'd already lived a long life and preferred to enjoy what she left instead of being "safe". Still, I wouldn't have blamed her if she had called it quits.

Stu Campbell went out for one more powder day that might have cut a few extra indoor days off the tail end of his career.

There are some sane people out there. There just aren't that many on Epic.
post #8 of 19
 Well said, Rusty. 

I agree with gladerider that snowboarding is less strenuous than skiing, so I often suggest aging skiers learn to ride before they get too old, because there may come a day when skiing becomes too physically demanding for them.
post #9 of 19
I ran into a snowboarder in his 70's in Steamboat. I think the only reason that you don't see that many older snowboarders is because the sport hasn't been popular long enough for there to be riders that grew up riding in their teens/20s to age out. Jake Burton is only about 55. I don't see any reason to stop/switch.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post

Step into my parlor said the spider to the fly.  I found a forum last season.  You'll be quite the youngster there. 
http://graysontrays.com/bb/

Grays on Trays has been featured recently in the PSIA - AASI publication 32 Degrees and been vilified by TransWorld Snowboarding.

There's a guy in his 80's out at Steamboat.  He always wears yellow and is a local legend.  He jumped over me once about 19 years ago while on his board.
 

That must be the same guy. I never saw him on the slopes, just on the bus on the way down. It was pretty unique to see a guy that old riding. I reckon it won't be that original in another 20 years or so.
post #11 of 19
I've done both for 24 years, Skied for 45, and this season I've been on the planks much more than on my sled.
I still coach both.
post #12 of 19
 47/F and just learned to ride this season.  My 19 yr old son thought it would be cool for us to learn together so how could I turn that down??  Turns out I LOVE it and have hardly touched my skis this year.
post #13 of 19
Welcome to Epic Gimel!

Now all you need to do is get your mom to learn to ride! In the meantime, don't let those skis get ....... Rusty!
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post

I once had an "experienced" lady for a "lesson" where my real job was to just ski with her because all of her skiing buddies had croaked. In the middle of a bump run (yikes!) she informed me that her doctor told her she could not ski because if she fell, she'd break her hip and bleed to death on the spot. 

 My nightmare client. Knowing my luck, she'd be my first student to actually have a fall in my lesson. I love this story though! Totally crazy! Though I suppose once you find yourself never falling, it's safe. I wonder how age affects balance though. It certainly affects reflexes. Hmm.

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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

I agree with gladerider that snowboarding is less strenuous than skiing, so I often suggest aging skiers learn to ride before they get too old, because there may come a day when skiing becomes too physically demanding for them.

Curious--How is this the case? I don't disagree--my legs feel less stressed. However, I can't understand why. You're flexing and extending just as much. You're still pivoting (which is the main stressor, I think). 
post #15 of 19
Age is not kind to balance, but exercise helps.

My experience is that riding is just different exercise than skiing versus easier exercise than skiing. Where you slide and how you slide are going to be much bigger factors effecting effort expended than the gear you are sliding on.
post #16 of 19
Meet Dick Cole.  He just competed at the NASTAR Nationals in Winter Park on both board and skis at the age of 75!

dick cole.JPG
post #17 of 19

I will still snowboard untill im unable to stand anymore I could never see myself resorting to skis

post #18 of 19

I think just the opposite may be in order. I may try snowboarding when I get too old to ski. My wife took up boarding in her early 40s and she is 54 now and still loves it. She even got second in the NASTAR women's non-alpine Race Of Champions two or three years ago after getting into racing. She still likes the bumps on Grouse Mountain at Beaver Creek, something she could never do on skis. There are lots of ways to get down the mountain and you just have to pick the one that's right for you. A lot of our other middle aged friends have taken up boarding since it is easier on joints and knees. The demographics are definitely changing.

post #19 of 19

If I had to choose between the two I'd go with snowboarding.  All of my injuries have occurred on two planks, not one.  After four knee surgeries the idea of a stable platform underfoot is looking appealing.  Not sure how many more years I can race on skis but I can board forever. 

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