Comments about Grays on Trays

Through letters, forum posts, and other means, we hear from older snowboarders who appreciate having a place to meet others of their own age.

A place to meet riding partners

“First off, it’s truly about snowboarding, and sharing information about snowboarding, through experience. The snowboarders on this site are of all different skill levels and of different riding styles. It’s a great place to learn about different ski resorts, and maybe meet new riding partners to show you around at a new place.
Thanks!

“Grays is not about pretending to be interested in snowboarding, just to hook up with someone, which I found to be the case on most sport-related sites. I like the fact that the people on Grays understand and deal with the same things I do on the mountain. I consider my skill level to be advanced in most areas of riding. The last three or four seasons I’ve been enjoying the backcountry, but only consider my skill level intermediate in this area.
Keep going!

“I’m looking forward to asking question of people my age who understand the issues and questions I will have. I also look forward to sharing my experience with others. Thanks again for this site.”
Sure, you can and should learn from people much younger than you. But there is also some value to having some mature voices in the room. 

No Drugs, Please

“It’s nice to read some info on snowboarding that doesn’t involve the urban jib scene or getting high!”
We hear you, “dude.”

A Good Read

“I read with interest and amusement your account of learning to ride.”
Thanks for the encouraging words. Sometimes our trials do make for great reads.

Attaboy!

“Keep up the good work, and pray for snow!”
Thanks. We’re making web pages; they’re making snow.

Come Ride With Me

“Nice website. If you are ever in the area, please look me up.”
Helping adult riders meet each other is part of what we do.

Can You Help Us Get a Group Together?

“I think a bulletin board would be a great addition to your site. It would be a nice way for adults to ask questions about snowboarding amongst peers.”
Great idea! Thanks to your suggestion, plus that of a teenager, we started a discussion forum.

You Mean There’s More Than Just You and Me?

“He mentioned it would be nice if there were a group of us. He told me about your web site and here I am.”
Glad to know that the word is spreading.

No, we’re not cool

“It’s so nice so have someplace to go where it’s not all about who’s the coolest.”
Are you saying that 40, 50, and 60 year old folks dancing down the mountain on a snowboard isn’t cool? That’s all right; we know what you mean, and agree wholeheartedly.

We’re sweet

“Sweet. You guys are pretty sweet. You get old people to snowboard heh.”
Thanks. We think.

We provide perspective

“Right now, almost all the other snowboarders I know are teenage boys (my sons and their friends) so it’s nice to get some perspectives from other grown-ups.”
That’s what we’re here for.

No skull, please!

This site is cool, too. I grabbed a look at the front page — gee no skulls or pistols!” — A skier on SkiDiva.com
That’s right. No skulls or exploding eyeballs or obscene gestures. Just a grown-up, sensible, straight-forward approach to a sport that adults are learning to love.

2 Responses to Comments about Grays on Trays

  1. Troy Junge says:

    I love the post about riding by yourself. I’m 46 and have been getting up regularly to the local hill in Vancouver for night boarding after work. I just said to heck with trying to organize people go up as well. Surprise, surprise: About a third of the time someone will join and that’s fine too. But, yes, go when you want, ride the run you want, work on the skills you want to without holding anyone up, etc. It’s great.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Craig says:

    I started riding last season at 46. I only skied a handful of times in my early 20s, so this was all new to me. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the sport over the first 10 days until it clicked. The correct boots mean everything (more on that later). By the end of last season, I had gone 19 times and could ride the greens and blues (without moguls). I fell head over heels in love with snowboarding that season.

    I started working out the moment the season ended to be better prepared for this season. I have already ridden more times this season than last year and I’m on track to double my number this year. I have become a solid intermediate snowboarder that is trying to become an advanced rider. Moguls are still a challenge, but I am getting better at them. I can confidently ride most of areas of the mountains now and I am no longer a problem getting off the chair.

    Your 40’s are not too late to start (even your mid to late 40’s). It is so amazing being on the mountain and if you can get through the initial learning curve you will be hooked! I am in the best shape that I have been in probably 20 years and I have a new hobby that I am super excited about.

    I do have some tips for new people. Buy wrist guards or wrist guard gloves, a tailbone protector, and a helmet. This protective gear should be required no matter if you are 15 or 50. My rental boots were 1 size to big and had no stiffness left in them. It made it almost impossible to learn how to go toe side in the beginning. I wasted about 4-5 days because of this. I would highly recommend going to a shop, getting your feet sized (pretty common to drop a smaller than your normal show size), and buying a set of beginner boots, especially if you are over 6 feet. Boots are your most important piece of gear. Finally take lessons! Even after you can snowboard around the resort, lessons will really help you learn more skills. Plus taking a lesson after you are off the bunny hill allows you to learn more about the mountain with the benefit of your own personal guide who knows your skill level.

    Get out there and ride!

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