Here in Wisconsin, we are known not only for our snowy winters, but the many ways we get outside and enjoy it. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snow tubing, and downhill skiing have been enjoyed here for a long time, but the sport of snowboarding continues to gain increasing popularity. The Rocky Mountains are not the only place to get some good instruction on the sport, however. These Wisconsin schools have programs especially for those looking to learn how to snowboard.
The Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area is home to one of the only Burton Learn-To-Ride Centers in the Midwest, a program utilizing specialized gear and professional instruction. Their snowboard school is also a recognized member of the Professional Ski/Snowboard Instructors of America. A variety of lessons are offered from group lessons to those for beginners to private lessons.
Alpine Valley offers a Learn to Snowboard program that will take you from sitting in the snow to riding on top of it in no time. Their packages are offered during the day or in the evening and include a lift ticket, snowboard rental, and a two hour beginner group lesson all included for a flat rate. Another option available to first-timers is a group lesson offering an introduction to the sport, fundamental basics, and the chance to learn to ride the Wonder-Carpet lifts.
Their Snow Sports School specializes in getting beginners on their feet and on the slopes as quickly and safely as possible. They believe the best way to achieve success in the sport is to take a lesson and learn proper technique, and their lessons all follow the American Association of Snowboard Instructors training modules. Learn to Snowboard packages including a lift ticket, group lesson and rental package are available as well as private and semi-private lessons.
The Ski and Ride School at Devil’s Head offers a variety of options, so you are bound to find one that perfectly suits your needs. Starting with their rental program, all of their equipment is designed to be used by beginners to help accelerate the learning process. Their Learn-to-Ride classes are offered in three levels so you can take a class that will be focused around the skill level you are at. Level 1 is for the first-timer, Level 2 for those focusing on improving control, turning, and riding the chairlift and finally Level 3 “carve school” is for those working on carving toe-side and heel-side turns and touring the mountain.
Cascade specializes in lessons for all levels of boarders – from first-timers to seasoned riders. Their Learn-to-Turn package is designed for those new to snowboarding and includes rental helmet and equipment, beginner group lesson and 8-hour flex ticket. Those with their own equipment may also purchase the group lesson on its own or a private lesson where instruction is personalized and designed to take your skills to the next level – whatever your starting level.
If you are of the mindset that it is best to start them young, then Tyrol Basin is the place for you. Their Children’s Snowboard School offers small classes just for those ages 4-5 years and 6-10 years. Their beginner group lessons are free with the purchase of a lift ticket and equipment rental and open to everyone else 11 years of age and older, with private lessons also available. Tyrol Basin is the perfect place to learn the sport of snowboarding whether you are young or just young at heart.