Adding to their already dynamic list of participants, Burton Snowboards announced today the addition of five new Learn To Ride (LTR) Method Centers that will be open for the 2001-2002 snowboarding season.

This winter, novice snowboarders will now be able to participate in an LTR program close to home. Developed three years ago by Burton Snowboards in conjunction with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), LTR is an innovative learning program designed to minimize falls and accelerate the learning curve. Because newbies can link turns in the very first lesson, LTR has been widely accepted by major resorts around the country.

New LTR Method Center Resorts: Jackson Hole, Hunter Mountain, Ski Martock, Sierra at Tahoe, and Loon Mountain.

Burton is excited about the new relationships with the resorts. “All of these resorts already have strong snowboarding programs and we are looking forward to integrating Burton’s Learn To Ride product and programs into the snowboard teaching and rental offerings at these select mountains,” said Jeff Boliba, Learn To Ride & Resort Manager for Burton. “These resorts are excellent additions to an already strong list of partner resorts we have established since the inception of the Learn To Ride Program back in 1998.”

The core of the program is a lot more than just a really good snowboard instructor and small classes. Technology plays a huge part. Working with AASI instructors, Burton has developed LTR products specifically designed to teach students how to ride and achieve the goals of the program. At LTR’s foundation are two learner specific snowboards, with integrated, co-developed Step-In bindings and Step-In boots, all designed to work together for convenience, comfort and performance. In other words, LTR aims to streamline the learning process to get the rider to feel the exhilaration of snowboarding not long after first “stepping in”.

A two-snowboard program, LTR features two innovative boards designed to let riders carve as soon as possible. They start with the LTR, an ultra-soft, twin tip board with advanced sidecut and extra long transition zones. This can help riders get used to the feel of linking turns. The soft flex is easy to manipulate and the three degree base bevel edge minimizes edge catch, allowing the novice rider to shift smoothly from toe edge to heel edge along the way to linking those first turns.

Once a rider is linking turns, he or she can move up to the Cruzer, offering directional flex and shape. Deeper side cuts pull riders into natural carve and more torsional stiffness allows the rider to explore more of the mountain. Shorter transition zones mean turns are set up and executed faster. Appropriate for the first year of riding and beyond, Cruzer is available in rental shops, as well as retail shops.

Other Method Center mountains are below:

Stowe Mountain Resort-VT
Stratton Mountain-VT
Okemo Mountain Resort-VT
Mount Snow Resort-VT
Killington Resort-VT
Mountain Creek Resort-NJ
Vail Mountain Resort-CO
Beaver Creek Resort-CO
Park City Mountain Resort-UT
Brighton-UT
Whistler/Blackcomb Mountain Resort-BC, Canada
Cypress Mountain-BC, Canada