The best way to learn how to snowboard is to take a lesson, and depending on where you go, you may take a lesson with a certified snowboard instructor. Now, what does that mean, a “certified snowboard instructor”? That means that your instructor has gone through extensive snowboard training and testing so that they can provide the best learning experience possible.
Depending on where you live, you might be familiar with your country’s snowsports instructor association; in the United States, there is the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, in Canada, there is the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors, and in Germany, there is an organization called Interski Deutschland. Around the world there are actually 40 organizations dedicated to teaching and certifying snowsports instructors and every four years, these instructors and organizations come together to share learning techniques at a gathering called Interski. This year, Interski was held in Pamporovo, Bulgaria at the Pamporovo Ski Resort.
Not only is Interski a time for collaboration and continued learning, but it is also a time for associations and companies to showcase their successful programs. This year, Burton Global Resorts Manager, Shaun Cattanach took the opportunity to showcase some of Burton’s best youth learning programs: Burton Riglet Parks and Riglet PE Snowboarding. In collaboration with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, children from two local schools in Bulgaria were introduced to snowboarding during their gym class as part of the Riglet PE Snowboarding program. Once the children had gone through the PE programming they were then brought up to the resort to try snowboarding for real, in the Burton Riglet Park.
“Not only did the experience change the lives of the children who participated, but it changed the lives of the instructors who were given the opportunity to try working with children in the Riglet Park,” said Shaun Cattanach.
Riglet Snowboarding was showcased on a world stage during Interski and thanks to the help of many, instructors from around the world left Interski with new knowledge of what Burton is doing to grow the sport, and even more important, local children left full of excitement as they became new snowboarders.
Burton and AASI Team Up to Teach Kids to Snowboard:
Coverage of the event:
PSIA/AASI Interski Opening Day
PSIA/AASI Interski Podcast
CASI Interski Riglet Overview
Photos above are courtesy of PSIA AASI and photographer Linda Guerrette