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Published on Feb 6, 2012
The Academy: The Burton Snowboard Academy at Northstar is the only one of its kind in the world! We strive to make snowboarding simple to learn and fun for everyone, utilizing highly-trained coaches, specially-designed terrain, unparalleled methodology, and a phenomenal learning facility to build the most interactive, fun and full-immersion learning environment ever created. The Burton Academy at Northstar breaks down all aspects of snowboarding into simple, easy-to-accomplish steps that enable each of our riders to achieve their goals. Our goal is to help you learn to shred and fall in love with the culture of snowboarding. We believe that snowboarding will change your life, and we hope you come give us a chance to help you learn to shred!
The Ollie: The most versatile and important skill a rider can learn. This trick will help riders access more terrain features and is the basic building block for pretty much everything in freestyle riding. This Ollie teaches a rider how to load energy into the tail of the snowboard and release it to create pop. The simple breakdown: Get low; rock slightly forward over the front foot; slide the board under the body, bringing the tail in under the core; extend the back leg to load and leverage the tail; pull the back foot and tail off the ground; pull the knees up; and stomp the board down, centered under the body and bend the legs to absorb the landing.
Practice the Ollie every single day, and develop the ability to Ollie off-of and over all sorts of terrain and obstacles around the mountain. Have fun be safe, and Enjoy the Ride!