Burlington, Vermont—The first-ever Burton Progression Parks, developed by Burton and Snow Park Technologies, open at Loon Mountain, NH and Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort, CA in December. Featuring smaller versions of pro-size terrain, the groundbreaking parks provide a comfortable, laid-back environment for riders who want to develop terrain park skills.
“As the founder of the world’s premier snowboarding contest series, the Open Snowboarding Championships, Burton has always helped to define and progress freestyle snowboarding,” says Jeff Boliba, Global Resort Director. “But progressing the sport isn’t just about supporting the pros. It’s also about breaking down the barriers for beginners, helping them feel at ease and able to develop their own individual styles.”
The Burton Resort Team in collaboration with Snow Park Technologies led by Chris (Gunny) Gunnarson and select coaches at Loon & Northstar have designed the Burton Progression Parks. The Burton Progression Parks make it easier for coaches to help beginners progress to the next level. Specially trained coaches are on hand to give riders expert instruction on the basics of freestyle terrain. Smaller versions of the features usually found in pro terrain parks, including small tables, boxes, rails and spines give riders a chance to start small and gradually progress to the next level. “Stop and Drop Zones” are strategically located before each terrain feature. Signage in each zone offers guidance with a “trick tip,” a Smart Style message, and a picture of the feature. It’s all designed to demonstrate how freestyle snowboarding is done best—with safety and with style.
Loon and Northstar have proven their commitment to progressing freestyle snowboarding by building features for riders of all abilities, from mini-features for groms to advanced jumps and halfpipes for intermediate riders and pros. Their dedication to the freestyle snowboarding scene made them natural first homes for Burton Progression Parks.
The new Burton Progression Parks are part of the Learn To Ride (LTR) program at Burton. Founded in 1998, LTR has taught thousands of people to ride at over 100 resorts worldwide. Burton Progression Parks take learning to ride to the next level and give new freestyle riders the perfect environment to step up their park skills.