A special permit for a proposed skiing and snowboarding training facility was approved by Richardson City Council.

A special permit for the development of Shredder, a Colorado-based skiing and snowboarding training school, received approval during the Oct. 23 meeting, and officials will have six months to request a certificate of occupancy for the location at 1002 N. Central Expressway.

The overview

Plans for the facility include a proposal to install one 6-foot ramp and another 10-foot ramp that will be used by individuals training at Shredder, according to city documents. The facility will be in a 4,700-square-foot leased space across from Arapaho Station.

In addition to the ramps, there will be open space to allow for ground and strength training along with a viewing area for parents of Shredder students. Courses will be offered to students between the ages of 10 months and 10 years old, with a maximum class size of 15.

The Richardson City Plan Commission previously recommended approval for the special permit request. The Richardson location will be the first in Texas for the company, said Robert Lacey, the franchisee for the Richardson Shredder Ski School location.

Quote of note

“What’s cool about this is that it’s going to allow children that were never able to get to the mountain an opportunity to learn a new sport,” Lacey said. “I thought it was really cool that kids can learn [to ski] at an affordable price versus going to the mountain, which is expensive.”