Mountain Creek to Host Op Girls Learn To Ride Snowboarding Program

By AlpineZone News |
Jan 14 2005 - 03:32 PM

VERNON, New Jersey ??” Mountain Creek is pleased to again offer Op Girls Learn To Ride (Op GLTR), the original series of girls-only action sports clinics, on three weekends this winter season.

Op GLTR snowboarding clinics and camps, taught by top certified instructors, provide hands-on training with an emphasis on safety and skill development, enabling participants to learn all of the basic skills necessary to ride responsibly and enjoy the sport. Op GLTR, which is in its sixth year, has expanded its snowboarding program to meet the growing demand from past participants and mountain resort partners. Last year, U.S. participation in snowboarding climbed to 6.3 million, with approximately 35 percent of that audience being female (source: National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association).

“Op Girls Learn To Ride began six years ago with one snowboarding clinic in California and it is amazing to see the growth of the series in this sport,” says Mark Sperling, founder and event director. “We could not have expanded our snowboarding program to triple the size without the support and encouragement of our host resorts, instructors and the sponsors who believe in this program.”

“The growth and relevance of female participation in action sports makes programs like GLTR vital for the health and growth of the industry,” says Dick Baker, president of Op. “The nature of the program, its track record and where it’s going, nationally and abroad, make it a very obvious and natural fit for our brand.”

Op Girls Learn to Ride snowboarding clinics are available at Mountain Creek on January 15, February 19 and March 6 this season. The February date coincides with the Boarding For Breast Cancer Board-A-Thon event at the resort. For more information on both events and how you can get involved visit

Op GLTR will also partner with Boarding For Breast Cancer’s annual Board-A-Thon series at select mountains. Boarding For Breast Cancer, a youth-focused education, awareness and fundraising non-profit organization, is designed to educate young women about the importance of early breast cancer detection and the value of a healthy lifestyle. The Board-A-Thons are events that are individually styled for each host resort and include activities such as product raffles, snowboarding contests, free riding with professional athletes and live music.

For detailed information and updates about Op Girls Learn To Ride visit