Ride. Inspire. Lead.
Snowboarding has been the cornerstone of Chill’s positive youth development programs since inception in 1995. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sliding on a board in the snow, sharing stories and excitement with friends on the lift, and succeeding at your first turns. Even more importantly, there’s nothing quite like the moment when you realize you’re capable of a lot more than you imagined, and that’s why snowboarding is so perfectly aligned to aid in self-empowerment and growth.
“I don’t have a single favorite thing when it comes to snowboarding, but if I had to choose, I’d say it’s the sense of freedom you have.”
Chill Vancouver Youth
Our Program Approach
Revolving around a core value-driven curriculum, Chill programs consist of experiential learning activities, reflection, and discussion, paired with boardsport lessons. Chill’s six core values (Respect, Courage, Patience, Persistence, Responsibility, and Pride) provide youth with a foundation and framework for learning and growth, supported and enhanced through progression in boardsports skills and adult mentorship. Chill strives to remove barriers to accessing boardsports by providing youth with everything they need to get after it, at absolutely no cost. New skills gained through boardsport progression and core-value exploration are then directly applied to everyday life, challenging youth to step out of their comfort zone – both on and off their board. To read more, click HERE.
Typical Program Schedule
Agency leads and youth arrive at a central meet-up location.
Gear up and ride the bus from the city to the mountain.
Participate in core-value activities/discussions during the ride.
Arrive at the mountain and meet up with Program Mentors and Instructors.
Strap on a board and hit the slopes for snowboard lessons.
Gear down and hop back on the bus to ride back to the city.
Debrief the snow lesson and core value activities on the bus ride home.
High fives and smiles. Get stoked for next week!
Gear That's Included
Transportation to and from program, lift tickets, lessons, and head to toe gear: jackets, pants, mittens or gloves, helmets, goggles, boots, and snowboards with bindings are all provided at no cost to the youth and agency leads to use at program.
Core programs define Chill and provide youth the opportunity to tackle progression on and off their boards through a uniquely cool and experiential approach.
Discover programs provide an opportunity for partner agencies and youth to discover Chill’s philosophy through an introductory program.
Explore programs provide youth who have participated in Chill with the opportunity to build leadership skills, advance their boardsport experience and passion, and explore unique career opportunities through structured experiences.