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Tricks Are For Kids

Confession: When I was around 13 years old, I begged my parents to let me switch from skiing to snowboarding. It wasn’t that I didn’t like skiing anymore, but the lure of the dark side was strong to a teen girl desperate to hang out with anyone but her family during weekend trips to Vermont. I snowboarded relatively happily for almost a decade before switching back to skiing—which had been completely transformed by the “new” shaped-ski technology by then. I haven’t looked back.

Fast forward: I taught my three boys to ski when they were each 3 years old, and I’ve been waiting for the day when one of them asks me to snowboard. Turns out, they’re all perfectly happy skiing, but what they do love is skateboarding. With so many similarities to snowboarding, the skate scene offers the counterculture vibe that

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