Years ago, Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Burton Riglet snowboarding teamed up to try the first, snow-free Riglet Park event in Central Park, NYC. While the crew faced many challenges, the event was a success. Thanks to what we’ve learned, Riglet Park events now take place all over the world in major cities, malls and schools. The Smugglers’ Notch Riglet event in NYC has expanded through experimentation and play. Incorporating new features, props, and even squirt “guns,” kids have never had so much fun learning to snowboard in the summertime.
This year, the Smugglers’ Notch crew returned to Central Park for their fourth appearance at Adventures NYC. The event is hosted by NYC Parks and a slew of great sponsors.
“This event shows these children all the fun activities they can have outside that they normally wouldn’t be able to do.” Says Allison Dabrowski, children’s coach for Smugglers’ Notch Snow Sport University.
“The Riglet Park allows them to move their bodies like snowboarders, something they really haven’t had much of a chance to do before.”
Nestled between Mountain Biking and Wheelchair Basketball, Smugglers’ Notch Resort operated the Burton Riglet Park in a small space on Dead Road, near the Bandshell. Though an exhausting day for the staff having pulled approximately 400 kids through the snowboarding setup, everyone from staff to participant had a great time. On average, Smugglers’ Notch staff walked five to six miles over the five hour long event.
If you’re interested in checking out the Adventure NYC and Smuggler’s Notch Riglet Park in the city, they plan to be back again next June, 2017. You can also visit Smuggler’s Notch this winter to sign your child up for their Riglet Park, Snowboarding lesson program.
Look for upcoming Riglet Park events and updates right here at burtonriglet.com/staging
-Special thanks to Mike Chait, Smugglers’ Notch Snowboard Manager for providing both content and imagery for this post.