Are you too old to Snowboard?
Of course not. But if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been pondering the question. Both in my job as an instructor and in conversations around the mountain I run into a lot of preconceived notions about being too old to to learn to ride, or what the potential consequences for injury are. Let’s look at some of these misconceptions.
First of all, you’re never too old to learn. I’ve taught plenty of ﬁrst time riders in their 50’s and 60’s, and ride with some very inspiring intermediates in their 70’s. I’ve even watched a 65 year old woman successfully 50-50 a metal rail in the mini-park for the ﬁrst time (Marilyn you are my hero.) So I have to laugh inside when I hear people in their 30’s or 40’s say they’d like to try snowboarding but they’re too old.
There is also the occasional antiquated notion that snowboarding is “for young people.” Snowboarding is not a “young people’s” sport any more than skiing is. Have a good look around the mountain or the liftline. Chances are you will see a wide range of ages, abilities, and of course both genders out riding. There is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t join them.
Finally learning to ride is not necessarily going to be the painful event your coworker/friend/ski house buddy is telling you its going to be. If they had a bad experience its most likely because they either didn’t take a lesson, or they tried to bite off more than they could chew. Check out our post “Great Expectations, Your First Time Snowboarding” for an idea of what your ﬁrst day on a snowboard should be like.
So if you’re on the fence this message is for you. Make this your year. Try something new and I bet you’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of. Snowboarding has no age limits, come see what you’ve been missing.