The Learn to Shred program is Elevation Outdoors longest running program.  Started in 2007 the program has expanded to now include two 4 week long programs with 2 sessions per week for the duration of each program.  Participants in the program have limited to no previous experience with snowboarding, so the program starts with the very fundamentals of the sport.

With the guidance of certified instructors from Big White’s experienced team participants learn the basics with the support of our volunteer mentors.  As their skills progress they are broken down into smaller groups to allow their skills to develop at their own pace without the pressure that being in a larger group can bring.  This allows for more focused instruction from the Big White team, as well as for better quality interactions with our volunteer team.

Each week of the program has a different theme to help prepare the participants to better face the challenges that life will bring their way.  We also introduce the participants to the various job/career opportunities that are available to them within the snowboard industry.  The participants have a chance to chat with the instructors from Big White about their job, as well the head of Big White Ski Patrol provides a tour of the patrol hut and gives a chat about how you can start as a volunteer patroller and work your way up to being paid patrol on the mountain.  We also arrange a tour of the lift operations with one of the Millwrights that speaks about how the lifts work and also about the options to get on the lift team starting in high school and being able to work your way up to earning a Red Seal millwright status over time.

In an effort to make the sport even more accessible Elevation Outdoors provides transportation from 3 common meeting points in Kelowna and West Kelowna to make it easier for participants to join us.


The program runs on Wednesday afternoons (youth will need to get out of school a bit early) and Sundays all day.  The frequency is key to the progression of the participants skills as it allows them to return and practice their skills and continue to improve as there is not enough time to regress between sessions.

We have two, 4-week programs every winter, one for ages 12 - 14 and the second for ages 15-18.

Learn to Shred 2019 is running from Jan 16th - Feb 10th for ages 12 - 14 and from Feb 20th - Mar 17th for ages 15 - 18.


Each seat is $600.

* 100% and partial scholarship seats are available for youth that meet our eligibility criteria! Click here to see our scholarship eligibility requirements.

Already completed Learn to Shred? Check out Shred More:

The Shred More program is offered as a continuation of our Learn to Shred program.  The program is only available to participants that have completed our Learn to Shred program with an attendance of 75% or higher and brought a positive attitude to the program each day.  Shred More is designed to help participants deepen their passion for the sport of snowboarding while developing their skills further.

To apply for Shred More, fill out our Learn to Shred Application and select the "Shred More" option.

If you are interested in volunteering for Learn to Shred, please click here!

To register for the Learn to Shred program please download the registration package below or follow the online registration link above to register online.

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This Program is made possible with funding from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.