Club skateboard program begins second year

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The similarities between skateboarding and snowboarding are obvious, so the creation of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skateboard program was a logical one.

However, coach Jon Casson didn't anticipate how popular the program, now in its second year, would become.

"It was originally targeted for snowboarders, but this year all disciplines, and kids not involved with the Winter Sports Club during the winter, are signed up," Casson said.

The club meets from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning next week, at How--elsen Skate Park.

On one day, children 13 and older will ride the local park. Those riders who are 12 and younger will travel to a skatepark elsewhere in the region to get acquainted with other ramps and pipes. The groups will alternate activities the next day.

"The goal is to get kids together, having fun and hanging out with friends and learning new tricks," said Casson, who also is a Winter Sports Club snowboard coach. "Parents like the adult supervision, and the older kids like the road trips."

In addition, a girls-only program has been created to gauge local female interest in skateboarding. Ashley Berger will be the coach of that program.

The girls will meet Tuesdays only and alternate between riding in Steamboat and traveling to other locations.

Anyone not yet signed up or anyone with questions can visit the Winter Sports Club offices at Howelsen Hill.

This winter, Casson noticed on-snow improvement in those riders who skateboarded.

"Skateboarding is hard, so if you can do a trick on a skateboard, you can do it on skis or a snowboard," Casson said.

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