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Burton Brings Snowboarding to Gym Class

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

By: Burton Snowboards
January 22, 2014


Gym is already most kids’ favorite class. A much-needed break from sitting still all day, a good way to get some exercise, and a way to burn off all that pent up energy. Burton’s been working to change the way schools look at physical education by introducing a snowboarding program that helps teach the basics of balance, core strength, and agility. Allen Brook Elementary near Burton’s Burlington, VT, headquarters was the first to get on board with this new program, and recently debuted it to an excited group of kindergartners.

riglet_PE-featuredWith Burton’s teaching tools like Riglet Boards and Riglet Reels, combined with balance boards, Twister-like grab mats and more, kids get to experience snowboarding’s movements and get exercise at the same time.

One of the driving forces behind the program, VP of Global Resorts, Jeff Boliba, talked a little bit about where the idea came from and where he sees it heading in the future.

“The idea for this program was actually developed by my son, Jeffrey, for his 8th Grade Challenge at Williston Central School. He wanted to give kids an introduction to snowboarding in physical education class. The 8th Grade Challenge is designed as an opportunity for students to give back to their community, and they get to decide what type of community service he or she would like to become involved in. It’s a chance for students to take on a more active role in their community, reap the benefits of volunteer work, and grow as a person.”

“Riglet snowboarding has allowed us to take the weather and winter out of introducing new kids to snowboarding, and a way for kids to be physically active at school. I see this allowing us to make snowboarding more accessible and to help us build participation. For the PE Program specifically, we started with Allen Brook Elementary in Williston, VT, and we’re launching it in Lafayette, CO at Pioneer School later this month. We have plans to launch the program in California and we plan to eventually expand to more school in North America, with a global expansion for 2015.”

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Vermont Ski Resorts Boast Record Openings

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By: Sarah Neith, Ski Vermont
December 6, 2012

Vermont Ski Resorts Boast Record Openings

Montpelier, VT

Upgrades in snowmaking paired with ideal temperatures have propelled Vermont ski resorts into a promising early season. After starting the season with the most ski areas open in the country for Thanksgiving, Vermont’s snowguns have launched the resorts into December with nearly 20% open terrain for skiers and riders, the strongest opening since the epic 2008-2009 season.

“We can certainly attribute a successful early season to our expansive 80% statewide snowmaking coverage,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “The resorts’ investments in state-of-the-art, highly efficient snowmaking combined with early season snowfall have given us the boost we need to fulfill the pent up demand of skiers and riders.”

Vermont ski areas also boasted some of the earliest openings in the state’s history.  Killington Resort opened for pass-holders in mid-October and for the season on November 5, 2012. Smugglers’ Notch Resort saw its earliest opening in 5 years with more available terrain than in the last four, helping early season lift ticket sales and bookings, which in the last two weeks have been some of the strongest in 3 years.

Burke Mountain had its earliest and most successful opening ever, opening December 1st” said Hannah Collins, Burke’s Marketing Manager. “And with the new upgrades in our snowmaking equipment we were also opening with the most trails that we ever have.”

Jay Peak Resort had its best opening weekend in the resort’s history and that excitement is projecting forward. Jay Peak is averaging a 93% occupancy across all of its lodging properties with most holidays already sold out. Jay Peak and Burke Mountain have invested a combined $1.5 million in snowmaking upgrades in expanded coverage and low-energy snow guns.

Okemo Resort is boasting its earliest opening since 2003 and the fourth earliest in Okemo’s 57-year history. Cold temperatures in early November allowed the resort to open for the 2012-13 season on November 8. Over the summer, Okemo added 42 new HKD Snowmakers SV-10 tower guns to its arsenal. Featuring adjustable water flow levers, nozzle versatility and advanced valving technology, the HKD Snowmakers SV-10 tower guns make snow more efficiently at closer-to-freezing temperatures.

Other investments into snowmaking that have helped propel the success of this early ski season include Bromley’s addition of 60 new permanent energy efficient HKD tower guns and Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s investment of over $1,000,000 adding 150 new high efficiency guns. Stowe Mountain Resort also invested in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations with 4.7 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades that included 325 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 16 Super Pole Cat fan guns and seven miles of new snowmaking pipe.

As temperatures drop to seasonal levels this afternoon, Vermont ski resorts are firing up their guns yet again to prepare for another stellar early season weekend. Middlebury College Snow Bowl plans to open for the season on Saturday, December 8th and Bromley Mountain and Burke Mountain will reopen for the public on Saturday as well.