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New Burton Riglet Parks Launch at Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids

Kids ages 3-7 in group and private lessons have new parks to explore and learn

Olympic Valley, Calif. – Dec. 12, 2018 – New Burton Riglet Parks made their debut today at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Little shredders got their first turns in at the Riglet Park at the Squaw Kids designated learning area, while the park at the Alpine Kids learning area will open as soon as conditions allow. These playground-style learning parks make a kid’s experience more interactive and fun. By utilizing terrain-based features, easy-to-use Burton Learn To Ride equipment and learning tools like the Burton Handle Bar and Riglet Reel, kids get the ultimate learn to snowboard experience. The instructors at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will have more tools, terrain and the ability to use guided discovery and play to welcome new generations to the sport. The Burton Riglet Parks are available for kids snowsports lessons for ages three through seven. The Burton Riglet program has been successfully integrated at several other premiere resorts around the world.   

“We have worked with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for the last two years to bring our indoor Burton Riglet Physical Education program to local kids in need. I’m excited to be expanding our partnership this season,” said Jeff Boliba, vice president global resorts at Burton. “Now we are opening up an on-snow program that will be included in the Squaw Kids and Alpine Kids lessons. The location of the Riglet Park so close to the magic carpet and children’s center will allow these kids to progress faster. In 1996, only 14 percent of snowboarders had kids. In 2018 it is now 25 percent, and resorts that are catering to these young snowboarding families are ready to bring in the next generation of snowboarders.”

The Alpine Meadows Burton Riglet Park is located in the kids learning area immediately adjacent to the Alpine Meadows Main Lodge. The Squaw Valley Riglet Park is located in the learning area behind the Squaw Kids building. The Riglet Parks are now available to kids ages three through seven in Ski & Snowboard School Programs.

“We have been continuously building and improving our programs over the years, and adding the Riglet Park to our beginner area is icing on the cake,” said Tyler King, Squaw Kids snowboard supervisor. “The growing trend of three- and four-year-olds learning to snowboard is industry-wide and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will also be embracing the demand for snowboard instruction for kids under five with a new “Rivets” group lesson for snowboarders ages three and four. The new Rivets lessons will complement the existing Grommets snowboard lessons for ages five through seven. 

About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for three years in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. Spanning over 6,000 skiable acres across two mountains, skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, legendary steeps, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year-round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny California days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital™ as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Visit the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows website or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more. You can also visit us on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

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