I've been a snowboarder for nearly a decade now, and I still vividly remember what it felt like to slide on snow for the first time. (Subsequently, so does my tailbone, especially on a flight longer than 3 hours.) Because I've honed my skills over time, I usually just hop on the chairlift and shoot to the top of the mountain. Ride, rinse and repeat.
Well, my on-snow experience shifted when I became a theoretical fly on the (return) wall in the new Terrain Based Learning area at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire. Snow Operating, providers of the Terrain Based Learning Program, partnered up with Cranmore to bring this new way of teaching first-timers to the slopes of New Hampshire.
Terrain Based Learning is changing the way people learn to ski and snowboard. In a true Terrain Based Learning area, you'll find a bunch of snow shapes. Each step of the Terrain Based Learning process is designed with specific movements and sensations in mind. The shapes in the snow help first-timers drop in, slide, pump transitions, ollie, and link turns. It keeps their speed in check and teaches proper body positioning all while letting them have a fun first experience. (Tailbones rejoice!)
Check out the video but be warned, the munchkins learning how to ski and snowboard are too cute. Your screen might melt into a puddle of warm and fuzzes.
For more info on Terrain Based Learning, visit: snowoperating.com
For more about Cranmore Mountain, visit: cranmore.com