Burton Learn to Ride Center
Learn to Ride
Holiday Valley offers the Burton Learn to Ride Programs for both Adults and Kids. The headquarters for both programs is the Creekside Lodge, adjacent to the Holiday Valley Lodge. Learn to Ride programs are available daily, kids start at 10 AM, adults start at 10:30 AM, but be sure to arrive about 1/2 hour early to get your equipment and get ready for the time of your life! The Learn to Ride program costs $72 for adults and $75 for age 11 and under and that includes your lesson, your lift ticket for our beginner's area and Burton boots and boards that are specially designed for learning.
New in 2014 is the Burton Riglet Park, a specially designed area for teaching the tiniest rippers, age 3-5. The Riglet Park uses the concept of terrain based learning, where variations in the terrain are used to teach snowboarding skills. The kids start in the park right from the beginning so learning is fun! The boards are specially designed for first timers with a beveled base and soft flex for easy turning and a "Riglet Reel" which is a retractable leash that allows the instructors to pull the students over the features and lets the kids save their energy for skill development...and having fun.
January is National Learn a Snowsport Month! Starts January 2.
So, what's it like to learn to ride? There's no magic pill and it is going to take some effort. You'll fall a bit along the way, but that's part of the fun. And when it all comes together and you can call yourself a snowboarder, that's when it's magic. With the right guidance and equipment, learning to snowboard is pretty easy. Current instruction methods can get you linking turns your first day out. But be sure to take a lesson from a pro. They are trained to break it down into small bites so you understand and will learn quickly. They'll teach you the basics of how to turn and stop, how to ride the lift, even how to fall.
Check out the Burton site for tips on learning to ride and some very cool videos.