Can the locations of The Stash parks be any more obvious? It is almost as if they want people to know where they are. P: Adam Moran
Words: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
Five years ago, Jake Burton Carpenter had an idea. Always eager to bolster the on-hill riding experience via any means available, Jake approached Burton's Global Resort Director, Jeff Boliba, with the challenge of creating enhanced freestyle environments utilizing natural ingredients to mimic a more organic freeriding experience. Drawing inspiration from archival footage of Craig Kelly flowing from tree rides to bank slashes to stump bonks aplenty, Jeff and Jake committed to bringing this project to fruition. Once SPT Parks signed on to lend their practical park building expertise to the project, The Stash was born and unveiled in no time at Northstar-At-Tahoe.
Speaking of Stashes, how shitty is it when the TSA opens your boot bag in your board bag and doesn't zip it back up? Then once you get to your destination and open your board bag everything smells like a Turkish wharf. R: Stephan Maurer P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
For those who haven't had a chance to partake firsthand in the unique park experience that is a Stash, let me give you a brief overview: Unlike the sterilized stomping grounds and traditional geometries which distinguish modern parks from the groomers, Stashes replicate the misty spots crafted by locals in DIY fashion. These gladed descents integrate organics into their flow exposing lappers to a run wrought with rainbow trees, slatted wallrides, tranny finder gaps and wood shaving sliders. As conditions change and the living aspects of the Stashes evolve, new lines become realized and the character of these trails multiplies. A decade ago, the outlandish terrain that distinguishes Stash parks from the pack were Sci-Fi video game environments.
Either put a shitload of communication antennas on your roof or get an iPhone. Same thing. P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
Historically, Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been content to sit back and let nature's bounty be its calling card. And who could blame them? With unrivaled alpine and snow depths measured in meters rather than inches, this tepid approach to parks is very understandable. Yet as The Stash Parks matured and garnered more accolades, Jackson Hole decided that this was the ideal way for them to throw their hat into the high-end park game in a big way while also enhancing what it is that sets Jackson apart from other, less rugged resorts. With two story wallrides, twisting banks, and artificial pillow lines, the six–count 'em, six–Stash parks constructed across this Teton locale have brought Jake's vision to the next level and then some.
This is the sign at the peak of Jackson with a red light and green light to indicate that the mountain is open or closed. Check out those Atomic Arcs otherwise known as the "Red Sleds." These are the skis that brought Bill Johnson to Olympic gold in the Downhill at the 1984 winter games. P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
On hand at the official opening of the Jackson Stash were a select group of media and Burton riders including Danny Davis, Natasza Zurek, Stephen Maurer and Gabi Viteri. With nearly a foot of fresh snow having fallen the day before, the conditions at Jackson were ideal to debut the Stash. After two days of watching pros and locals alike send it and ride pow, I can only say that this is one stash that everyone should find.
It would be too obvious to reference "Stash Rides" with this photo of Gabi Viteri… R: Gabi Viteri P: Adam Moran
…Yet if we say "Mu Stash Ride" because "Mu" is Stephan Maurer's nickname, then we have caption gold. R: Stephan Maurer P: Adam Moran
Raise your hand if you were the first woman to ever land a backside 900 off a jump. R: (L to R) Tara Dakides, Susie Floros, Hana Beaman P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
Did you hear the one about the Polish pro snowboarder? Well, Natasza Zurek is a Polish Canadian and she came to Jackson to ride The Stash, and this wallride is no joke. R: Stephan Maurer P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
The locals in Jackson are no joke either. Kingwell, Guch, Fitzpatrick, Birt, Morangatang, Rice, Kinger… the list goes on. The riding community in Jackson has supported the Stash from day one so expect to see some craziness emerge out of these zones real soon. R: Rob Kingwell and Natasza Zurek P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
The Miller Flip is rather pedestrian as far as handplants go but when they are brought to slatted wallrides in inclement conditions they become pretty damn impressive. R: Danny Davis P: Adam Moran
The best part about watching Danny ride his Easy Livin' board is seeing him pull a nice frontside areola. R: Danny Davis P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
Stephan had to cut crosscourt after hitting the rollercoaster to get a good line and enough speed to plant this two-story beast. Real impressive, and solid planting style. R: Stephan Maurer P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
There are tons of people who deserve thanks for making the Stash at Jackson happen including these three Jeff Boliba (Global Resort Director, Burton Snowboards), Ranyon D' Arg (Park Manager, JHMR) and Anna Olsen (Brand Director, JHMR). Not pictured: Tim Mason (VP Mountain Operations, JHMR), Jerry Blann (President, JHMR), Chip Carey (Chief Marketing Officer, JHMR) and Zahan Billimora (PR, JHMR), Rich Goodwin (JHMR), Mike Bettera (SPT) and Pete Colombo (SPT). P: Pat "the eYe" Bridges
Don’t miss the Stash Gathering at Jackson Hole on February 12th and at Killington on March 19th. For more info go to The Stash website.