Burton had previously partnered with Lucasfilm to create Red Protection Avid Grom R2-D2 Helmets for kids and a line of 2011/2012 Burton Chopper Star Wars boards as small as 80 centimeters, with graphics featuring battle scenes on the ice planet Hoth from "The Empire Strikes Back" and Star Wars characters including Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and Boba Fett. The boards and helmets are available for purchase or rental at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
"The Burton Star Wars Experience at Sierra provides a terrific way to engage kids in physical activity at an early age in a safe and fun atmosphere," says Meri Mace, licensing director at Lucasfilm. "Burton and Sierra at Tahoe Resort have been great partners and they've done a remarkable job using environmentally-friendly methods and materials to create the Riglet Park."
The park features chainsaw artist Bob King's wood carvings of Yoda, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3P0, a young Anakin Skywalker, Jar Jar Binks, Ewoks, and other Star Wars characters, and Sierra at Tahoe spokesman Steven Hemphill says even the snowboard instruction itself is Jedi-inspired. Students -- Sierra at Tahoe is calling them Padawans, Star Wars-speak for young Jedi apprentices -- make their way from an indoor learning center with balance boards to increasingly advanced features in the park, including a miniature halfpipe.
Sierra at Tahoe will officially mark the grand opening of the Burton Star Wars Experience on February 17, but it's open now with half-day packages starting at $115 and full-day packages starting at $135.