Burton Snowboards has been working to expand snowboarding opportunities for young kids over the last few years, manufacturing smaller gear and partnering with resorts to create Learn To Ride programs that break the longstanding six-year-old barrier for snowboard lessons and rentals at many ski areas. This season the company called in a little help from the Force, enlisting some Jedi knights in the battle: After a late start due to snow conditions, Sierra at Tahoe's Burton Star Wars Experience -- first announced in December -- is now open at the California resort, with programs to introduce snowboarding to kids between the ages of three and six.



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