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Learn to Ride with Oxygène Ski & Snowboarding School - La Plagne

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride with Oxygène in the Alps!

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In 2011 Oxygène La Plagne & Val d’Isère became the only Burton affiliated Learn to Ride Snowboard School in France. Now known as The Burton Experience, this is our second year working together with Burton helping those would-be-snowboarders take those important first slides in the right direction.


Along with Burton we feel it is important everyone has the best start to snowboarding. Research shows 7 out of 10 people who try snowboarding for the first time, give up after 48 hours and the main reasons for this are incorrect equipment, poor teaching, and unsuitable teaching areas. Therefore we decided we’ll bring a combination of the best equipment from Burton, and the best tuition from ourselves, to make sure everyone can have the best start to snowboarding!


Back in 2011 we became the first ever Burton affiliated schools in France, and one of our most popular course since then has been our ‘Learn to Ride’ snowboard group designed especially for beginners riders. What is great is everyone starts from scratch, and our patient and experienced instructor takes you through the basics, carefully selecting the right slopes and teaching techniques to enable you to gain confidence and master that perfect slide.

Our weekly customer survey has shown snowboarding has become more popular with us since the 2010 winter season with 3% rise during the winter season of 2011.

One thing we find with all snowboarders is that once you have mastered the basic skills you tend to advance pretty quickly, however you should still continue with the coaching from professionals as otherwise you pick up bad habits and mistakes get made. Sometimes friends think they are doing the best by taking you to the top of the mountain and ‘helping’ you down, however this is why so many people decide to stop as they are put in a difficult situation and lose their confidence.

At Oxygène we provide lessons and guiding for everyone, from complete beginners to advanced pounder-hounds, we have instructors and guides able to make your snowboarding experience the best. By having our very own in-house equipment rental shops in La Plagne and Val d’Isère means we’ve been able to team up with Burton and offer the best quality snowboards, bindings and boots to all our clients.

So instead if you have had one weeks’ experience and are already able to master simple turns on easy blue runs, the next step to take is to join our ‘Intermediate/ Progression’ snowboard course. This group will take you to the next level naturally without putting you in any situation where quite literally a ‘slip-up’ could happen.

Some important tips to remember when snowboarding are to relax, have fun and enjoy the slide. When you let your body do all of this you’ll find snowboarding comes naturally quicker, and you’ll be surprised after one week with Oxygène what you’ll be able to do.

We have had over 20 years of teaching experience and our knowledge goes further than that, therefore trust in the winter sports experts as we will help you enjoy snowboarding for the rest of your lives…

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