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  • Op Girls Learn to Ride Snowboarding Program

    Photo courtesy Op Girls Learn to Ride Op Girls Learn To Ride (Op GLTR), the original series of female-only action sports clinics and camps, is now in its sixth year and has grown to include over 150 events throughout the United States and Canada.

    Op GLTR instructional clinics and camps are taught by top professional athletes & schools in the sports of skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, freestyle BMX, mountain biking, motocross, wakeboarding and Quad/ATV riding. These professional instructors give women of all ages the skills and confidence necessary to ride safely and enjoy the sports.

    The idea for the clinics was conceived by action sports industry marketing executive Mark Sperling while trying to teach his girlfriend how to surf and snowboard. The experience was a frustrating one for both. After speaking with other female friends who went through similar experiences, Sperling began organizing a small series of clinics in 1999 with the help of his friends in the industry.

    Op GLTR contributes a portion of the proceeds from each participant's fees to the Boarding For Breast Cancer Foundation (B4BC), the leading nonprofit youth-focused breast cancer awareness group. The series also partners with B4BC and select ski resorts on the annual B4BC Board-A-Thon special events, which are designed to increase awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection and the value of a healthy lifestyle.

    Photo courtesy Op Girls Learn to Ride Op Girls Learn To Ride will host a record number of snowboarding clinics for young women at mountain resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada during the 2004-2005 winter season. Op GLTR snowboarding clinics and camps, taught by top certified instructors, provide hands-on training with an emphasis on safety and skill development, enabling participants to learn all of the basic skills necessary to ride responsibly and enjoy the sport. Op GLTR has expanded its snowboarding program to meet the growing demand from past participants and mountain resort partners.

    "Op Girls Learn To Ride began six years ago with one snowboarding clinic in California and it is amazing to see the growth of the series in this sport," says Sperling. "We could not have expanded our snowboarding program to triple the size without the support and encouragement of our host resorts, instructors and the sponsors who believe in this program."

    Photo courtesy Op Girls Learn to Ride "The growth and relevance of female participation in action sports makes programs like GLTR vital for the health and growth of the industry," says Dick Baker, president of Op. "The nature of the program, its track record and where it's going, nationally and abroad, make it a very obvious and natural fit for our brand."

    The complete list of 2004-2005 Op GLTR snowboarding clinics is as follows:

    Brian Head, Utah: Jan. 8, Feb. 12
    Copper Mountain, CO: Feb. 5*
    Crystal Mountain, MI: Jan. 23, Feb. 26*, Mar.19
    Jiminy Peak, MA: Jan. 22, Feb.12, Mar. 20
    Killington, VT: Mar.12*
    Liberty Mountain, PA: Jan. 7, Jan. 30, Feb.12*
    Mammoth Mountain, CA: Dec.11, Jan. 8, April 9, May 7
    Mountain Creek, NJ: Jan.15, Feb. 19*, Mar. 6
    Mountain High, CA: Dec.18, Jan.15, Feb. 27*
    Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA: Dec. 19, Jan. 22, Feb.13, Mar. 19*
    Park City, UT: Jan. 29, Feb. 12
    Snowbird, UT: Jan. 9, Feb.13, Mar.20
    Nakiska, AB: Dec. 27-28**
    Panorama, BC: Dec. 30-31**
    Whistler-Blackcomb, BC: Jan. 8-9**
    Grouse Mountain, BC: Feb. 5-6**
    Lake Louise, AB: April 2-3**
    Blackcomb Glacier, BC: July-TBD**
    *Indicates a coinciding B4BC Board-A-Thon Event.
    **Indicates MGT Snowboard Camps for more advanced riders.

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