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Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pennsylvania’s premier family-friendly resort, is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Pirates Riglet Park, in partnership with Burton Snowboards, is set for 4 p.m., Friday, February 8.

Designed to introduce children as young as 3 to snowboarding, the Riglet Park is an introduction to snowboarding; a learning park for kids.  The look, feel, and environment will be a creative blend of baseball and snowboarding.  This unique Burton RigletPark will be set up like a baseball field complete with a home plate view of PNC Park, the Pirate Parrot and more.

 

Inside the park will be a diverse selection of fun features like a cone zone where the kids will learn to weave in and out while being towed by their coaches, giant-sized bases, oversized baseball bats for jibs, a dugout for an on-snow chill-out zone, a t-ball area for kids to hit snowballs off the tee, and a home plate fort with a mini chairlift to practice safe loading and unloading skills.

Children in the Riglet Park program will begin their adventure in the Pirates Locker Room area of the Tiny Tots’ Snowboard School.  Inside the locker room, which is inspired by the real Pirates locker room, kids will be issued their own locker with their nameplate on it, a Pirates helmet and a specially designed Burton vest.  The vest looks like a Pirates jersey and features a handle on the back to help support the kids while learning.  After a team meeting, the coaches load the kids onto the Pirates ship and will whisk them to the park to begin their lesson. At the entrance of the Burton Pirates Riglet Park, the kids will be welcomed by a giant baseball bat and ball hand-carved by one of the best wood sculptors in the world, Bob King. 

Lesson programs in the Riglet Park will combine Burton’s industry-leading Kid's Learn To Ride equipment, Riglet teaching methods, Seven Springs kids coaches and an amazing environment, which equals the best way to introduce kids to snowboarding.  One of the key pieces of technology that makes the magic happen is the Burton’s Riglet Reel, a specially designed reel that attaches to the nose of the 80, 90 and 100cm kids’ snowboards. Thanks to the Riglet Reel, coaches can tow kids on their snowboards, so they quickly learn how to balance, move and control their boards.  Riglet Reel technology combined with Burton’s RigletPark and Learn To Ride boards, boots, and bindings enhance and expedite the snowboarding process.

“The Pirates RigletPark collaboration with Burton and the Pirates has created a forward-thinking project that will provide an innovative level of youth snowsports programs and set Seven Springs ahead of the industry in progressing these programs,” said Joel Rerko, Seven Springs Mountain Operations Manager. “The concept was simple – kids love baseball and playing outside, so we built a baseball field loaded with playground-like features that will have kids snowboarding with extreme confidence and having a blast in little to no time.”

"By weaving two iconic American sports together kids will experience snowboarding through fun and play,” said Jeff Boliba, Vice President Global Resorts at Burton Snowboards. “The learning progression is inspired by kids’ baseball. The learning will start in the batter’s box mini-pipe and then progress to first base, second base, and third base with the reward of getting to home plate and scoring.  Kids will be learning through discovery, utilizing specially sculpted terrain in a baseball environment, and that will be thrilling for kids."

In addition to the Pirates Riglet Park, Seven Springs and Burton have worked together on numerous projects including the world’s first urban terrain park, The Streets at Seven Springs; a fully-stocked rental center featuring Burton snowboards, the Burton Learn to Ride program at the resort’s nationally recognized snowsports school and, most recently, hosting the 2013 Burton US Open Qualifiers, Feb. 1-3.

The Seven Springs Tiny Tots Burton Snowboard School features full and half-day programs that include the Burton Riglet Reel technology equipment rental, lunch, and plenty of interaction with their coaches and other riglets. Detailed lesson information is available online here.

The Pirates Riglet Park Grand Opening event will be held Feb. 8, 2013, with first pitch and opening ceremonies to begin at 4 p.m. Please contact Anna Weltz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 814-352-2065 to attend this event. Attendees are encouraged to wear winter footwear and outerwear.

 

About Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories.

Since 2006, Seven Springs has been committed to developing and growing its terrain parks, halfpipes and superpipe. Now, Seven Springs has seven terrain parks of varying difficulty and progression and more than 100 features in all. The resort’s hard work and dedication towards these efforts have been nationally recognized as the 2011-2012 number one terrain parks on the East Coast and the number four pipe in North America.

Seven Springs is conveniently located just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, located within 200 miles of Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Cleveland and Columbus.

For more information about all that Seven Springs has to offer, visit www.7springs.com or call (800) 452-2223.

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