Shredder, a Colorado-based skiing and snowboarding school, may soon be moving into a location across from Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Arapaho Station.

Richardson’s City Plan Commission recommended approval of a special permit for Shredder during its Oct. 5 meeting. The business will lease a building within a multitenant commercial structure located at 1002 N. Central Expressway.

The overview

Inside its 4,700-square-foot lease space, Shredder officials plan to install two ramps, one 6 feet high and another 10 feet high, Senior Planner Derica Peters said. According to city documents, the maximum occupancy will be 15 students and three staff.

The school will offer courses for students between 10 months old and 10 years old, per city documents, and it will also include an area for strength and equipment training. Robert Lacey, the franchisee of the proposed Richardson location, said the school’s courses are taught over 10 weeks and use artificial snow.

Lacey also informed commissioners the school offers an alternative to training at ski resorts.

Quote of note

“Skiing is an expensive sport,” Lacey said. “For parents to take their kids to the mountains and ski and snowboard, it’s like $700 for a day of a lesson. I thought this was so cool that you could teach your kids how to ski in a controlled environment here in Dallas, and then go up to the mountains and they can already go down the hill.”

What’s next?

The proposed special permit will be considered by City Council for final approval at a future meeting as early as Oct. 23.