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2020-21 Scheduled Season NOV 20 - MAR 21


  • Your best snowboarding learning experience brought to you by Burton and the French Swiss Ski College
  • Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) Snowboards with special features specifically designed to accelerate learning
  • LTR group lessons available with individual attention and a low 6 to 1 student to instructor ratio
  • Click Here for Rates

North Carolina’s Only Official Burton Learn To Ride Center.
Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard manufacturer has selected Appalachian Ski Mtn. as the only ski resort in North Carolina and the first ski resort south of Snowshoe, WV to be named as an official Burton Learn To Ride Center.


Burton’s innovative Learn To Ride Program is specifically designed to accelerate learning by utilizing beginner specific equipment. The goal of the Learn To Ride (LTR) program is to give beginner snowboarders the best initial snowboarding experience possible so they return to the mountain and continue to snowboard. By using proven instruction methods and equipment created specifically for beginners, LTR helps riders enjoy their first day on a snowboard.

At Burton Learn to Ride Centers, students will find Burton LTR products developed specifically for learning, a 4 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, appropriate learning terrain, and shops that set riders up right the first time.

The Learn To Ride board is the foundation of the LTR program. The LTR board has special features specifically designed to make a first day on a snowboard more fun and satisfying. A special bevel on the base edge of the board helps eliminate catching an edge. Soft torsional flex makes the board easier to turn. Convex contact points on the tip and tail make linking first turns smooth and easy. Supportive, comfortable and easy to use Burton Progression boots and bindings are also provided in the LTR program to ensure comfort, a secure fit, and great performance.

Burton Learn To Ride Centers are located at 77 partner ski areas in 24 states and 91 other resorts worldwide, including Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and 13 countries in Europe. Burton is the leading snowboard manufacturer in the world, with more than double the market share of any other snowboard manufacturer.

Appalachian Ski Mtn.’s Alpine Ski Shop is an authorized Burton dealer and carries men, women, and children’s snowboard equipment, clothing, helmets, and accessories. Stop in and check out our great selection of Burton gear.


  • Burton’s snowboard freestyle program designed to make progression in the parks safe and fun.
  • Burton Park Performance snowboards with the latest V-Rocker Technology for Men, Ladies & Children.
  • Freestyle park lessons available through the French Swiss Ski College.
  • For pricing – see the rates page »

About the Freestyle Center
In 2009, Appalachian Ski Mtn. became a Burton LTR Freestyle Center. Burton created the LTR Freestyle Center to encourage forward-thinking resorts to provide their customers the opportunity to progress in the parks with specially built gear to make progression fast and fun.

Appalachian has made a commitment to offer great freestyle teaching terrain in its Burton Progression Park. Appalachian’s French Swiss Ski College can boost your confidence with specially trained freestyle coaches that teach freestyle snowboarding and smart style etiquette.

North Carolina’s Only Burton Progression Park
In an effort to make it easier than ever for skiers and snowboarders to learn how to ride freestyle terrain, Appalachian Ski Mtn is the home for Burton Snowboards’ only Progression Park in North Carolina. The AppalTop Terrain Park is located beside Upper Big Appal and features smaller versions of freestyle terrain features such as jibs, rails, bonks, and boxes, just inches off the ground.

Freestyle lessons are available by appointment with the French Swiss Ski College (828-295-9311)
Appalachian Ski Mtn. offers North Carolina’s only Burton LTR Freestyle Center, and one of 30 Burton Freestyle Centers in North America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand.


Upgrade to Burton Learn to Ride from standard snowboard rental package — For only $3
Upgrade to Burton Park Performance from standard snowboard rental package — For only $5

Burton Rentals

Burton LTR
Snowboard & Boots
Burton Park Performance
Snowboard & Boots
All Ages All Ages
8 Hour Flex (up to 8 consecutive hours starting between 9am and 5pm)
Sat, Sun & Holidays* $43 45
Weekdays 38 40
Super Session (9am – 10pm)
Sat, Sun & Holidays* 46 48
Weekdays 41 43
Night Session 5:00pm – 10pm or Midnight
Fri, Sat & Holidays* 33 35
Weekdays 30 32

Burton LTR Snowboards

Burton Park Perfomance Snowboards
Blunt(mens), Social (ladies), Custom Smalls (childrens) – 120cm-156W

Burton LTR Instruction Rates

A group lesson with any Learn to Ride (LTR) snowboard rental package has a guaranteed lower than average 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio.

Group LTR Lessons – $20
Park Freestyle Private Lesson* – 55
* Park Freestyle Lessons require pre-registration and are subject to availability. Please call (828) 295-9311 for more information

Non-LTR lessons also have small class sizes – never more than 10 persons.