January 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM
KELOWNA - The Learn to Shred Program, put on by Elevation Outdoors, offers financially and socially disadvantaged, Kelowna youth the opportunity to shred our world famous Okanagan Champagne Powder at Big White Ski Resort. It is made up of a group of 12 kids between the ages for 12-17 years old, all at the beginner level. They are set up with rentals, lift tickets and proper outdoor clothing twice a week (Wednesday night and all day Sundays) for 4 consecutive weeks.
They combine learning how to snowboard with life lessons along the way. Last week their focus was on the power of “resilience”, where the kids were taught that in both snowboarding and in life, if you fall down there’s always a way to get back up.
“We are so proud to say that we are in our 7th year in the Learn to Shred Program. We really appreciate Big White’s support through all the successes of this program and we’re looking forward to the good times ahead for the youth that take part in Learn to Shred!” Tori Hanson, Founder/President of Elevation Outdoor.
The Learn to Shred Program is all volunteer based program. The volunteers get so much joy out of participating in such a worthwhile and humbling program. If you would like to help support Outdoor Elevation with the Learn to Shred Program at Big White Ski Resort or other programs that put on throughout the year please visit www.elevationoutdoors.ca
The program has proven to have some great outcomes and huge success stories. Last year the program started a scholarship for one youth per program. They were geared with their very own snowboard, boots and outdoor wear to keep. The receiver of this scholarship last year had such a great time at Big White Ski Resort, that he saved enough of his own money to buy his very own seasons pass this season and is now an avid snowboarder. Big White Ski Resort is so happy to contribute to such a worthwhile cause and to see some of these kids becoming lifelong participants in the sport is truly inspiring.
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