As to why such a specific age limit was adhered to is really an old wives’ tale. Some believed it was because of children’s bone and muscle structure. Others thought it was because the runs and snow parks were populated by teenagers and young adults and no place for children.
Burton has championed the snowboarding movement for young children with their ‘if you can stand you can ride’ ethos. In addition, they have developed a board that is much more flexible as well as softer boots with velcro straps and nifty ideas like tow ropes all designed to ease children into snowsports.
Snow parks have also evolved with small hills and mini-rails built especially for children of five years and under. Here’s a recent video of one of our young guests;
The change in attitude can also be attributed to time. The snowboarding trend-setters of the 70s and 80s have grown up and now have children of their own. Their passion has been passed down a generation, and now we’re seeing a new wave of young snowboarders.
So how do you get your kids to pick up the boarding bug so to speak? Most importantly, they must want to learn to snowboard. Enjoying the activity, much like adult newbies, is really important.
Safety is also really important, again the same rules would apply to new skiers. Young, enthusiastic and hardy children may think that throwing themselves into the parks and learning the hard way is the only way. But no-one ever starts doing tricks on their board straight away, it takes a bit of time, much like other snow activities. If they are unsure which activity to take up, and if it is safe to, pop them on your board in between your binding so they can get a feel for the movement - there are plenty of starter slopes in Morzine to give this a go. Little tasters may well get them hooked, just like you are!
If one of your children isn’t excited by snowboarding, there are still plenty of other child-friendly activities in Morzine including tobogganing, ice rinks and playgrounds to keep them occupied. Morzine has even been awarded the "Family +" certificate as recognition of Morzine's commitment to providing an exceptional family experience.
You can find out more about children’s activities in Morzine here.
A final area to consider is whether or not you want to change your insurance cover if your children are learning to snowboard. If they are going to attempt any tricks or jumps whilst on holiday it’s important to make sure that they will be covered. Talk directly to your insurance provider before you buy a policy to ensure you have the most comprehensive cover.