Brother-in-law says that it is a stupid idea to try to learn to snowboard after the age of 30. Says that if I try to learn I will break my nose and my tailbone. Says that the issue is learning the pivot point or balance point and you can only do that as a kid, so forget about it at the age of 52. I am not a skier, haven’t skied for years. My thought is why not take lessons and totally pad up, helmet, wrist guards, etc? Seems to me that I’d be a fresh learner and wouldn’t have to unlearn any downhill skiing tendencies. Thoughts? Am I crazy for thinking about this?
The short answer: No, you aren’t crazy. The fact that you are interested in learning to ride is a healthy sign. It shows that you are open to new experiences and personal development. Congratulations!
Breaking your nose? Does your brother-in-law invite you to go snipe hunting with him? Yes, some protective equipment can be helpful, such as hockey pants or padded shorts (the latter is available for snowboards). A helmet, often available for rental at a ski shop, is the most important piece of safety equipment.
Take a lesson, certainly. Or a few. You can often get a special deal if you purchase lift tickets, rental equipment and lessons as a package. A few lessons will keep you from developing bad habits on the snow, and a good instructor will assess your situation and lead you in a way that keeps you safe.