I began skiing in the mid-70's in Summit County, Colorado. My favorite ski area was Copper Mountain. I recall thinking snowboarding was a temporary fad. Boy was I wrong! In fact, one Christmas in the mid-80's, my son and a friend of his got a wooden Burton board. They may have been the only snowboarders on the hill back then. He still has the early Burton Board, but remained true to skiing.
In retrospect, I wish I had learned the sport when I had the chance. Many a time, I have watched boarders "shredding" down the mountain from my lift chair and was just a little envious. I read an interesting statistic that 80% of new riders to winter sports choose snowboarding.
Snowboarding continues to grow in popularity among all ability levels and all ages.