Pirates Riglet Park 7 Speings

Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania is calling it the cutest thing to hit boarding since little bitty boards and boots. It’s the just-opened Pittsburgh Pirates Riglet Park at Seven Springs.

The Pirates Riglet Park collaboration with Burton and the Pirates has created a forward-thinking project that will provide an innovative level of youth snowsports programs and set Seven Springs ahead of the industry in progressing these programs,” said Mountain Operations ManagerJoel Rerko,

“The concept was simple – kids love baseball and playing outside, so we built a baseball field loaded with playground-like features that will have kids snowboarding with extreme confidence and having a blast in little to no time,” he said.

The unveiling occurred before a crowd of parents, onlookers and resort employees. The inaugural class of students, ranging in age from 5 to 7, spent the day in the Pirates Riglet Park learning how to balance, weight transfer, edging and freestyle basics before showing off their skills to the crowd at the opening ceremony event.

The design of the new Pirates Riglet Park is inspired by Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and is a creative blend of baseball and snowboarding. This unique park is set up like a baseball diamond, complete with a home plate view of PNC Park, the Pirate Parrot and more.  

Pirates Riglet Park

There is a diverse selection of fun features lInside the park, like a cone zone where kids will learn to weave in and out while being towed by their coaches, giant-sized bases, oversized baseball bats for jibs, a dugout for an on-snow chill-out zone, a T-ball area for kids to hit snowballs off the tee, and a home plate fort with a mini chairlift to practice safe loading and unloading skills.

Children in the Riglet Park program will begin their adventure in a new area of the Tiny Tots’ Snowboard School called the Pirates Locker Room, which was inspired by the real Pirates locker room. The kids will be issued their own locker with their nameplate on it, a Pirates helmet and a specially designed Burton vest. The vest looks like a Pirates jersey and features a handle on the back to help support the kids while learning.

The coaches load the kids onto the Pirates raft after a team meeting andl whisk them to the park to begin their snowboard lesson. The park also features The Streets at Seven Springs. It appears to be the first "urban snowboarding park" in the East. Mountain High in the mountains above Los Angeles opened it's urban park last winter with features based on L.A. iconic features.  

Seven Springs is the third eastern resort to tie in with its regional Major League baseball team. Waterville Valley in N.H. has promotional links to the Boston Red Sox, while Windham Mountain in the Catskills of N.Y. works with the New York Yankees.

Photo: Seven Springs Mountain Resort