For me, one of the highlights of Interski 2019 in Pamporovo, Bulgaria was visiting elementary schools to share snowboarding with a bunch of local kids.
We traveled to Bulgaria a few days early so that we could head into a few schools with Burton Riglet PE kits and teach the kiddos to snowboard in their gym. Instructors have long promoted the idea of “familiar terrain for new tasks, and new terrain with familiar tasks.” Burton Riglet PE ties in with this by allowing us to teach the new task (snowboarding) in familiar terrain (their school gymnasium).
Later in the week, those same kids visited us at Pamporovo where we then took their now familiar task of snowboarding into new terrain – the Burton Riglet park at the top of the mountain.
The kids had a blast, and I think the AASI Snowboard Team had just as much fun. It’s been said a million times, but FUN is a universal language!
If you’re eagerly awaiting the snow like me, new gear release season is always an exciting milestone in the fall’s progress towards winter!
Burton’s 2018-19 gear is now live on their site, including boards (I’m looking forward to the Family Tree Trick Pilot myself), boots, bindings, outerwear, and all the accessories (including the new Anon M4 goggle).
I’m pretty excited by their news that starting this fall, all Burton softgoods come backed with a lifetime warranty. This fits well with Burton’s commitment to quality gear, but also to their Burton 2020 Sustainability Goals as it puts an incentive on Burton to delivery quality gear that will last for years to come. Through the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra, companies like Burton and Patagonia who commit to lifetime warranties put their own money on the line to say “you don’t have to buy a new jacket every year, and in fact, that jacket is a purchase that will last you a lifetime.”
Worth mentioning that right now you’ll get a free 18oz Mizu water bottle with the purchase of a full price backpack from now through 8/24.
2018 Burton U.S. Open Competition Schedule:
Tuesday, March 6th: Halfpipe Junior Jam
Wednesday, March 7th: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 8th: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 9th: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 10th: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Finals
AASI and Burton have been partnering on snowboard education and equipment for more than 20 years, and in the last year we’ve been collaborating on specific education highlighting the evolution of teaching kids. This winter we rolled out the “Kids Can Snowboard Too” project, a campaign to educate kids, parents, instructors, and resorts about the advancements in equipment, instruction, and terrain available to create successful lessons for 3-6 year olds.
I’ve almost always had a pow board in the lineup. In the late 90s and early 2000s it was an Option Signature 162. After moving to Steamboat and playing around with the Burton Fish and Vapor, I fell in love with the Malolo and rode it as my deep-day board for a few years. Then the Sherlock arrived with a twin shape and Flying V, and I was sold on a twin-shaped powder ride. And then the Flight Attendant arrived, and again redefined what I want in a board primarily ridden in the soft stuff. Read more “2017 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard”