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.


We have two, 4-week programs, running 2 days a week. 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.

Our first program (ages 12 - 14) will run Jan 29 - Feb 23, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Our second program (ages 15 - 18) will run Feb 20 - Mar 15, on Thursdays and Sundays.


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.

  Download Registration Package


Presenting Sponsor

We are currently looking for a presenting sponsor to help us make this program possible.  If you or your company would like to support this program please contact our Executive Director at mike@elevationoutdoors.ca.


Scholarship Seat Sponsors

Thank you to these great organizations for their support in helping us break down barriers to participation.


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

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

Product Sponsors


 Rip Curl        Gnu Snowboards        Libtech        Dakine        Big White Ski Resort        One Boardshop       Spy Optics

A big THANK YOU to the following Organization Sponsors who contribute in a wide array of manners to help us have the impact we do in our community.

             City of Kelowna   Image result for central okanagan foundation logo     

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