Youngsters ‘use the board’at new Sierra terrain park |

Youngsters ‘use the board’at new Sierra terrain park

Susanne Haala

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lake Tahoe’s littlest snowboarders will be able to reach new dimensions by harnessing the powers of the board at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort.

The Burton Star Wars Experience is a snowboard park featuring the unique world of Star Wars that opened its doors last Friday at the resort.

The park is one of two different sections of the 2,000 acre resort where kids three and older can get introduced to snowboarding.

“Thirty kids participated in the demonstration and about 70 kids took lessons during the day,” said Steven Hemphill, spokesman at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

 Jeff Boliba, Burton’s global resort director, said that the programs demonstrate how “young kids of the age of three can start snowboarding if they get qualified instructions that utilize terrain-based features and equipment designed for beginners.”

He explained that “the equipment, the coaches and the terrain are fantastic and allow kids to snowboard right away.”

The indoor Wild Mountain Children’s Center has become the Padawan Center and Yoda’s Riglet Park will provide introductions in balance, control and movement.

The centerpiece of the park is the Riglet Park, which includes three themed interactive drop-in zones that will teach young students how to “use the board”, to cruise and to experience the very first feeling on a board.

The park also introduces a new training tool, called the Burton’s Riglet Reel, which is attached to the nose of a snowboard to allow coaches to tow kids on their snowboards to expedite the learning process through better balance on the snowboard.

Once the kids successfully solve the course, they can continue to the Family Adventure Zone to further improve their skills.

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