In collaboration with Burton Snowboards, PSIA-AASI has been getting the word out that children as young as three can learn to snowboard, thanks to advances in teaching tactics, child-specific equipment, and terrain (such as Burton Riglet Parks).
As reported here at TheSnowPros.org, the central message driving this effort are two “Kids Can Snowboard” videos, one geared to parents and the general public, and the other to snowsports schools. Be sure to share the consumer-oriented video on your social channels and tag people you know who’d be keen to get their kids on a snowboard.
PSIA-AASI also held a social media contest this winter to encourage people to share photos of their kids learning or practicing snowboarding or a throwback photo of themselves learning or riding as a child.
One of the two contest winners received a Burton After School Special snowboard setup and Kids’ Burton Mini Grom snowboard boots, and the other won a snowboard lesson at a Burton Riglet Park. TheSnowPros.org caught up with each of them to find out more about their snowboarding experience.
Abbie Gamble, whose daughter June won the snowboard lesson, said her husband Andy took her daughter to the lesson, and reported that, “The highlights were watching the instructors get excited to take June after watching her practice, seeing her going down the main run all by herself, and watching her ride, stop, and turn by herself.”
“He said that when they were riding together after the lesson, and he asked if she needed help getting around a slow sign, she said, ‘Dad, I know how to control my snowboard,’ and steered her board around the obstacle on her own.”
Drew Nicholson, whose six-year-old daughter Kinley won the snowboard and boots, said he and his family – including his three-year-old son Owen – typically ride at California’s Bear Mountain, but also just returned from, “A week in Jasper, Alberta, at Marmot Basin and Powder King in northern British Columbia.”
He said, “We ride somewhere around 60-70 days a year, so Kinley has upwards of 250 days on a snowboard. She is maybe the most technically sound six-year-old around. She carves hard on any run and no double black diamond will intimidate her. She is getting better and better in the powder and even started riding switch a little this year.”
Check out #kidscansnowboard – and the Spring 2018 issue of 32 Degrees – to get a peek at more entries in the Kids Can Snowboard contest! Also listen to this PSIA-AASI First Chair Podcast titled “Why Kids Can Learn to Snowboard First.”
- Peter Kray