Ski areas now offering airboarding lessons

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 25, 2010 11:36 am

Have you ever been airboarding? Frankly, we’d be surprised if you even knew what it is! Well, check out what Asheville’s out of North Carolina reported today:

“MAGGIE VALLEY — It’s a sled, it’s a luge, no…its airboarding and its now at a ski area near you. Cataloochee Ski Area has joined Canaan Valley Resort in West Virginia and Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont as one of three ski areas on the East Coast to offer airboarding.

Airboarding involves riding the slopes on a specialized, inflatable board that also has runners on the bottom, making it both comfortable and maneuverable. Since it’s inception in Switzerland in the late 1990s, the sport has continued to spread, though only a hand full of resorts in the U.S. have begun to tap into its potential.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26, and continuing each Tuesday and Thursday evening for the rest of the season, Cataloochee guests can join Kevin Yount, of Face Level Industries (, to learn the latest in airboarding instruction and techniques. Limit of 8 persons per evening, cost is $59 and price includes lift ticket, airboard instruction, airboard, boot and helmet rental, and airboarding time from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Yount will teach the basics to beginning airboarders and help experienced airboarders hone their skills.

Yount is a Face Level Industries CORE team rider and East Coast Rep as well as the owner of Appalachian Riverboarding. The mission of Team FLI (Face Level Industries) is to “promote face level sports done with “forward motion, headfirst & horizontal to gravity”, as well as the Face Level brand, through safely and methodically challenging the limits of what is possible, capturing our adventures and sharing them with the world through written stories, photos, and video, and safely exposing new people to the fun and exhilaration of Adrenaline At Face Level.” Airboarding is only allowed at Cataloochee with a certified guide during the course of a lesson and only on Lower Omigosh down. Helmets are required.”

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