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Let’s set the record straight – Kids do not have to learn to ski before they can snowboard anymore.

There seems to be this unwritten law that kids have to learn how to ski first. All too often I catch parents saying that their son or daughter is taking ski lessons “so they can learn the basics” and then they will let them decide if they want to switch over to snowboarding when they’re ready.

As someone who didn’t start snowboarding until I was a young teenager, I wish my 3-year-old self would have known how to express to my parents that I was born to be a snowboarder. Learning how to ski first did not make learning how to snowboard any easier. I still fell – a lot. I still got frustrated, and I still had to start from the beginning.

Although, when I started skiing, they didn’t make snowboards small enough for kids my size. So, if I wanted to join my older siblings on the slopes, I had to get on two planks.

Burton Riglet SnowboardsThanks to Burton Riglet snowboards like the Burton Chopper and the Burton Smalls, kids can now learn to snowboard without having to ski first. The Riglet snowboards start as small as 80cm and go up to 130cm, and the Smalls snowboards go from 125cm to 145cm.  That pretty much means that as soon as they can walk and balance on their own, they can snowboard, but the Riglet age suggestion is 3 to 6 years old.

If you want your little to love snowboarding as much as you do but you want to try it first, Burton hosts a series of Riglet events during January, which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, with the goal of getting more kids into snowboarding. They offer free Riglet demos and snowboarding lessons, and even have mini terrain park features for the tots to learn on. See upcoming Riglet Park Events:

If you can’t make it to an event, Christy Sports has you covered. Riglet snowboards are available for rent or purchase at select locations, because we want your kids to love snowsports as much as you do.
Teaching Kids To SnowboardBurton Kids Snowboard









Did you have to ski before you could snowboard? At what age did your child learn to snowboard? Share your stories with us in the comments below.

Snowboard Tech Article

Every year snowboard companies come out with a bunch of new technologies for boards, boots, and bindings. For tech nerds, it can be difficult to decipher what’s just hype and what’s worth mentioning, especially as snowboards seem to get more intricate each season. So, I sat down with the all-knowing, Jake Jarvis, our snowboard buyer for Christy Sports to pick out a few technologies for 2014-2015 that are worth checking out.

Asymmetric Boards

The basic idea behind asymmetric snowboards is that the way we lean into our toe side and heal side is not symmetric, so therefore our sidecuts should not be symmetric. On an asymmetric snowboard there is no tip and tail, only a toe side and a heal side, so your bindings face the same way whether you are a regular or goofy rider.

Jake puts it like this, “The side cut of the heel edge is deeper to compensate for your body’s natural deficiencies. You get more angulation on your toe edge due to the way our knees and ankles bend, which allows for a tighter turn. By creating a deeper heel edge side cut it enables you to make tighter turns on the heel edge without the same board angulation that you get on your toe edge.”

Asymmetry has come and gone in board designs over the years but is evolving and making new appearances in more brands as more riders are looking for it.  If asymmetry is what you’ve been missing your whole shred-life, check out these 2014/2015 asymmetric snowboards:


YES The Greats Snowboard

YES The Greats Snowboard

Ride - Helix Snowboard

Ride – Helix Snowboard

Burton - Name Dropper Snowboard

Burton – Name Dropper

Burton Process Off-Axis

Burton Process Off-Axis













Gnu - Velvet Gnuru

Gnu – Velvet Gnuru

Gnu - Ladies Choice

Gnu – Ladies Choice







Tongue Tension Systems

Tongue tensions systems are a game changing boot technology, available in a few brands. They utilize the boa cable system in a new way that helps lock down your heel. The cable actually comes over the ankle of the boot liner and pulls your heel securely to the back of the boot. This will help reduce heel lift when you’re taking deep toe side turns. Tongue tension systems are available in these boot models:


Ride - Lasso Snowboard Boot

Ride – Lasso Snowboard Boot

Ride - Fuse Snowboard Boot

Ride – Fuse Snowboard Boot

Thirty Two - Session Boot

Thirty Two – Session Boot








Thirty Two - Session Women's

Thirty Two – Session Women’s

Ride - Hera Snowboard Boot

Ride – Hera Snowboard Boot








Burton Guard Rails

Guard Rails is a brand new sidewall technology that helps reduce chatter. It’s made from a sandwich of a layer of urethane and a poly carbonate spine to get the job done while reducing weight and increasing durability. If you’re in need of a smoother, cleaner ride while you’re blazing runs then look at the Antler and the Feelgood from Burton.


Burton - Antler Snowboard

Burton – Antler Snowboard








Burton - Feelgood Snowboard

Burton – Feelgood Snowboard