By now the majority of first-generation snowboarders have settled down, got real jobs, started families and come to terms with the unwavering growth of their paunch. And while it wasn’t always so, it is now perfectly acceptable for a person in their 30s or 40s to take up snowboarding for the first time. Whichever camp you fall into, our resident crusty is here to point out some of the common pitfalls you’re likely to experience – and offer advice on how to avoid them.
Some choose to dedicate their lives to golf, office politics and holding opinions about wine as they nuzzle cosily into the welcoming bosom of middle age. However, for those of us who have built our lives around activities and belief systems which are inherently zip-tied and duct-taped to the shining totem of youth, the onset of age poses a series of ever more challenging riddles.
At what point along the journey of male-pattern baldness does the roadie cut off his ponytail? When should the raver take his last pill? And when, as a snowboarder, do you hit your last C-box, stop spraying the skiers that meerkat on the knuckle, or ditch your old Forum T-shirt?