The force is strong at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort this winter. Partnering with Burton Snowboards and Lucasfilm, Sierra Resort will open the first ever Burton Star Wars Experience. An experience that utilizes iconic Star Wars themes and cutting edge snowboard technology to teach children age’s three to six how to snowboard.
“Sierra Resort, Star Wars, and Burton are filling a void for youth in snow sports and at the same time building on our legendary Learn To Ride program. There is nothing like it in the world,” says John Rice, General Manager at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.
A program for three to six year old snowboarders the Burton Star Wars Experience will utilize the latest technology from Burton called the Riglet Reel. The Riglet Reel is a specially designed reel that attaches to the nose of youth snowboards and allows coaches to tow kids around allowing them to quickly learn how to balance, move, and control their boards.
As if the new technology wasn’t enough Sierra and Burton teamed up with Star Wars to make the kids snowboarding experience something truly out of this world. Starting inside at the Padawan Center kids - or younglings - can practice balance training, refuel with hot chocolate and prepare for a galactic experience. After their first Jedi training session kids will head outside to Yoda’s Riglet Park. Inside Yoda’s Riglet Park the galaxy really comes to life with three themed interactive drop-in nodes, each teaching kids the fundamentals of snowboarding. Each node will also have custom-made chainsaw carvings of Star Wars favorites Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker, Ewoks and others.
Not three to six years old? Don’t worry we’ve put a little piece of Star Wars in one of our award winning Adventure Zones. The infamous Bear Cave has been taken over by the Wampa from the Ice Planet Hoth and can be enjoyed by all.
In addition, Sierra Resort and Burton worked together to build the majority of Yoda’s Riglet Park using recycled materials. World-renowned wood carver Bob King shaped each Star Wars character from reclaimed wood while recycled hazard trees milled into boards were used to build each of the learning nodes. Even the foundation support beams were made from recycled scrap metal and old lift tower tubes.
The experience is truly out of this world. Come check it out and may the force be with you.