Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort has officially opened their new terrain park called the Burton Star Wars Experience. Burton and Lucasfilm came together with Sierra-at-Tahoe to create the first ever Star Wars themed park for children between the ages of 3 and 6 to learn how to snowboard.
The Burton Star Wars Experience combines Jedi Master Yoda's methods of balance, movement and control with Burton's industry leading hardgoods, teaching systems and Riglet Park features.
“Sierra Resort, Star Wars, and Burton are filling a void for youth in snowsports 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.
There are two sections of the Burton Star Wars Experience. The first section is a room in the Wild Mountain Children Center called the Padawan Center where kids can practice balance training, drink hot cocoa and prepare for their experience. The second section is Yoda’s Riglet Park, which features three themed interactive drop-in nodes. Each node will teach groms how to ride and will feature custom-made chainsaw carvings of Star Wars favorites R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Jar Jar Binks, Anakin Skywalker and others. One of the nodes will have a water break hut and shows how snow turns into water. The purpose is to give kids an introduction into respecting nature, mountain etiquette and the ways of the Force.
Each individual node is used to teach groms the basics.
Yoda’s Riglet Park was primarily constructed of recycled materials. World-renowned wood carver Bob King shaped each of the Star Wars features from reclaimed wood and each of the learning nodes were made from recycled hazard trees milled into board. Recycled scrap metal and old lift tower tubes were used to make the foundation support beams.
The Burton Star Wars Experience is a full day experience that includes the Burton Riglet Reel technology equipment rental and lunch. Groms get to enjoy the company of Yoda and the other Jedi Knights for $135/day, or a ‘3-Pak’ can be purchased and brings the price down to $81/day. It will be offered all season long with no black out dates.
Photos courtesy of Sierra at Tahoe