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Holiday Valley Opens New Riglet Park

Specialized Teaching Area for 3-5 Year Olds


(Jan. 18, 2014, Ellicottville, NY …) “Kids can do amazing things if you give them the right tools, in the right setting,” according to Rich Rumfola, Supervisor of Holiday Valley’s Mountain Adventures Children’s Program. On Saturday, January 18, Holiday Valley opened the Riglet Park, a specialized teaching area for 3 to 5 year old children. “The Riglet Park allows us to teach snowboarding to the very young in a way that they will love the experience. We now have equipment and a lesson area that takes their size and physical capabilities into consideration,” according to Rumfola.


The program utilizes super flexible Burton snowboards, as small as 80 centimeters, which are specially designed for young children. The snowboards have beveled edges and convex bases to help prevent falls and a “Riglet Reel”, a retractable leash that enables the coach to pull the child around the park and over the features. The boots are soft and comfortable featuring easy entry Velcro closures.


The park is built on flat terrain with mini rollers, banked turns and very low level boxes and rails. As the coach pulls the child over the features using the Riglet Reel, they learn snowboarding skills by experience, without having to be taught. The terrain keeps the children interested and having fun. Because they don’t have to provide their own power, the children don’t get tired as quickly and learning happens. They don’t have to think, they just do; that’s what kids are the best at. The learning curve is shortened and the kids finish the lesson feeling that they’re real snowboarders. The Riglet park is located at the Outpost at the base of School Haus East, adjacent to the Creekside Lodge.


The features are built by Holiday Valley’s Park Crew with assistance by the Grooming Crew, along with input from the children’s program teaching staff.


Once they learn the skills in the Riglet park the kids move on to the gentle slopes in the School Haus area, where they can use their new skills to turn, stop and eventually ride all over the mountain and in the larger parks.


The Park can be used for teaching skiing skills to children as well. All 60 Mountain Adventures coaches will be trained how to teach in the Riglet Park. Holiday Valley expects that up to 500 3 to 5 year olds will experience the Riglet park this year.

About Holiday Valley Resort:

Holiday Valley is Western New York’s largest year ‘round resort featuring 58 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope side lodging and dining, conference facilities, an 18 hole golf course, a tree top aerial adventure park and a mountain coaster.  Holiday Valley is New York State’s most visited ski resort. It is located on Route 219, 50 miles south of Buffalo, NY. Visit www.holidayvalley.com or call 716-699-2345 to learn more.