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Old 03-20-07, 08:11 AM   #1
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How many BF members snowboard?

Thinking about getting into snowboarding next winter as a change of pace.

My favorite LBS also doubles as a ski/snowboard shop and I was a decent skateboarder waaay back in the day.

How many of you guys have tried it? Is there a snowboarder's forum as good as bike forums? Links please! I have no idea where to start on getting a decent starters snowboard. Is it like getting skis- the longer you get, the faster you go?
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Old 03-20-07, 08:11 AM   #2
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i've been boarding longer than i've been biking. don't know about any forums, though. With snowboards, length matters, but stiffness is more important. More stiff = faster, but harder to change direction.
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I alpine ski (used to race in college), back country ski, and snowboard. My snowboard is a carving board.
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I alpine ski....

I will not be tempted by the Dark Side...

My kids ski....

But they are tempted by the Dark Side...

It won't be long before they are turned....
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Old 03-20-07, 08:16 AM   #6
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I alpine ski....

I will not be tempted by the Dark Side...

My kids ski....

But they are tempted by the Dark Side...

It won't be long before they are turned....
that too.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:17 AM   #7
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Just back from skiing in Big Sky Montana. Its a good excuse to get cold weather cycling gear because you can wear it skiing. I wouldn't recommend becoming a knuckle dragging snowboarder. Skiing is a much greater thrill and gives more of a challenge carving through glades and big mogals.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:18 AM   #8
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I was into snowboarding WAY back in the day...my first board was the brand new Butron Swallow tail 150. That was in like 1988 or 1989. I haven't ridden in many years (or skied) but still have my LibTech and have been wanting to get out...I really meant to this year but ran out of time with buying and selling homes and other family stuff.
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Just back from skiing in Big Sky Montana. Its a good excuse to get cold weather cycling gear because you can wear it skiing. I wouldn't recommend becoming a knuckle dragging snowboarder. Skiing is a much greater thrill and gives more of a challenge carving through glades and big mogals.
incorrect.

fwiw i've been skiing since i was 5.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:22 AM   #10
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I tried snowboarding twice, it's hard trying to crossover from alpine skiing (skied for about 14-15 seasons now). I'll admit it takes less time to get to trick level with snowboarding than skiing though and those terrain parks look like fun compared to most downhills
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Old 03-20-07, 08:41 AM   #11
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Just back from skiing in Big Sky Montana. Its a good excuse to get cold weather cycling gear because you can wear it skiing. I wouldn't recommend becoming a knuckle dragging snowboarder. Skiing is a much greater thrill and gives more of a challenge carving through glades and big mogals.
I can hear the riders laughing from here.

Apples and oranges.
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Old 03-20-07, 08:42 AM   #12
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Skiing is a much greater thrill and gives more of a challenge carving through glades and big mogals.
Correction: Snowboarding gives more of a challenge carving through glades and big moguls. Bumps on a snowboard require a lot more rapid mobility than bumps on skis.

I've done both, and I'm currently on a snowboard because it's a lot less expensive to get good snowboarding equipment than good ski equipment. I'll probably go back to skis next year just to switch up which bones and joints are getting abused for a few years. Both are great sports, snowboarding has a steeper but shorter learning curve and generally "hurts more" the first few days. Try them both though, rentals are cheap. Maybe even give telemark skiing a shot if you know someone who can teach you the basics.
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i've been two-plankin' it since i was about 7.


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once i snowboarded (10 years ago) i said i'd never put on 2 planks again.
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Old 03-20-07, 09:07 AM   #15
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Does height and weight factor at all into what kind of board you should get?

I'm 6'2" 182 lbs. What should I be looking at so I know I'm not getting hosed by some salesman who gets a bonus blowing out crap boards?
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once i snowboarded (10 years ago) i said i'd never put on 2 planks again.
See...Do not be tempted by the Dark Side....
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Does height and weight factor at all into what kind of board you should get?

I'm 6'2" 182 lbs.
What should I be looking at so I know I'm not getting hosed by some salesman who gets a bonus blowing out crap boards
rent a board, take a private lesson, ask the instructor.
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Old 03-20-07, 09:10 AM   #18
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once i snowboarded (10 years ago) i said i'd never put on 2 planks again.
i was the opposite. once i snowboarded i couldn't wait to get on my skis again. to each his own!

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Does height and weight factor at all into what kind of board you should get?
weight is the only thing that matters. if any salesperson who puts a board up to you to measure it's height to yours, walk out of the store right then & there.

EDIT: plus what botto said. there are many different boards made for many different kinds of riding. find out what kind of riding you want to do (& then what kind of board you should get) by renting, taking a lesson, & talking to the instructor. those guys (generally) have no commercial interest in any board & will give you great advice.

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Old 03-20-07, 09:28 AM   #19
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hehe - sounds like getting a fitting I bet this is the #1 question at the start of the winter season on the snowboarding forums!
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I board, its great. I like doing glades and morguls on my board more than terrain parks, and a good riding trail is always fun too.
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For the record, among cyclists, parcheesy players outnumber snowboarders 2:1.
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I've been riding since the late 80's. Love it but I can't quite hit the jumps like I used to anymore. I still love rails and halfpipe but the big kickers are just too much for my knees. Getting old sucks! I've got 2 small kids now too so finding time to ride (or do anything else by myself!) is generally not possible. My wife also snowboards, she's on the Ski Patrol at one of the local "mountains" (Bristol).
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I alpine ski (used to race in college), back country ski, and snowboard. My snowboard is a carving board.
I'm a hardbooter as well. Lots of hardbooters online here if you are interested. I think it's a pretty good complement to road riding. Definitely works your legs more than regular snowboarding.
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i'm always drawn to the dark side.
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You can look up rider weight ranges on the board manufacturers web site for a given size.
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