+ WHAT MATERIAL DOES SHREDDER USE FOR THE INDOOR SURFACE?
We use Xtreme, manufactured by Grassworx. We lightly spray this turf material with water for our classes. The combination of water and wax will enable skiers and snowboarders to “slip” (to travel down the surface) and “to grip” (for turning and stopping) down our different features. Artificial snow surfaces are used all over the world, including places throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. This material enables skiers and snowboarders to learn or practice year round and allows a variety of different people to have access to these great sports.
+ DOES LEARNING ON ARTIFICIAL SNOW HAVE ANY NEGATIVE IMPACT ON SKIING OR RIDING ON REAL SNOW?
Absolutely not! In fact, most clients have expressed that it is much easier to ski or ride on the mountain after they had learned or practiced on the artificial snow. The material catches the edges of the skis and snowboards very easily, making it much easier to practice the proper technique. In addition, being able to practice skiing or riding year-round will help strengthen skills and technique for when you’re ready to hit the slopes.
+ WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO CLASS?
All gear is included when you enroll for a session (this includes boots, helmet, and skis/snowboard). If you prefer to bring some or all of your kiddo’s own gear (i.e. if your child has a helmet he/she is comfortable with), you may. We recommend wearing comfortable or athletic clothing, such as shorts/leggings and long or short sleeved t-shirts. We also please ask that kids have socks for class. We use a light spray of water on our hills during class and occasionally the kids' socks can get wet if they walk on the hills before/after class. Therefore, you may want to pack an extra pair of socks for your kids.
While instructors work to avoid any serious falls during classes, occasional tumbles do occur and are major parts of the sports of skiing and snowboarding. If you feel your child would be more comfortable with elbow/knee pads or guards, light gloves, or other forms of protection, they are welcome to bring them; however, Shredder does not provide these items. This note is especially relevant for snowboarders, who tend to tumble more often when learning. Answer Here