For 40 years Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been a much loved destination for skiers, snowboarders and freestyle riders. It offers a unique winter experience with 2,500 acres of legendary inbounds terrain, a 4,139′ vertical rise, 459″ of average snowfall each winter, and unparalleled backcountry access. And this year it is offering something new: a Burton Stash Park…
All last Summer Burton beavered away with professional snowboarders and the local Stash park crew to create the Rockies’ first Stash Park. There are only 5 other Stash Parks worldwide all created by Burton Snowboards, and they are unique in their concept – using “natural elements to build terrain park-like features, giving riders a completely different kind of resort riding experience.” The new Park at Jackson Hole is the third in America.
Crews worked around the clock rearranging fallen trees and rock walls into naturally flowing rideable features. “The Stash concept is to use whatever indigenous materials and features the mountain has to offer – like rock walls, trees and drops – then enhance them a bit to create the ultimate natural park so riders can take their freestyle riding to the next level,” says Jeff Boliba, Global Resort Director at Burton Snowboards. “Riders like Jussi Oksanen have been helping with the Jackson Hole Stash, scoping the best lines and creating new features that will be super fun to ride.”
Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Stash Park has over 50 features on 13 acres of sheer shred bliss, with four different runs plus a Lil Stash for kids, no expense or attention to detail has been spared. Chainsaw artist, Bob King, has created 20 unique carvings which are found around the Park including an enormous carved moose that riders can slide like a rail.
All Stash runs can be accessed via the Bridger Gondola, Après Vous quad chair and the Casper triple chair. Besides the impressive old moose described above, Oksanen, Burton snowboard team rider, designed a few features unique to the Stash at Jackson Hole, including the ‘rollercoaster’ and ‘flying wall ride’. Jackson pro riders Bryan Iguchi, Rob Kingwill and Travis Rice also helped with Stash features, designing a landing for a rock jump that Travis has been hitting since he was six years old. There’s also an ‘Eagle’s Nest’ feature inspired by the pow mushrooms Travis rides when he’s shredding in Japan. Other cool features to check out are the wooden ‘dance floor’, ‘tent’, ‘spinning stump’, ‘Casper quarterpipe rock,’ and ‘gong’ that riders can jump up to tap with their boards.
“We wanted to build a park that was in keeping with our natural environment,” said Ranyon d’Arge, Park and Pipe Supervisor at Jackson Hole, “and the Stash does that by using native rock, dirt and wood—creating this incredible organic terrain park. When we combine Jackson Hole’s mind-opening terrain with the creativity of the Stash, the result is amazing. But, it’s not just for pros – there’s a Stash run for kids or anyone else who wants to ride smaller features. The construction has been really exciting…”
The 4 trails: Antelope Flats, Deer Flats, Ashley Ridge and Campground are all packed with log slides, jumps, pillows, and even a vertical wall ride suspended in mid air. From the Dancefloor to the Rollercoaster all the carefully designed features mesh seamlessly into the hillside.
This is an adrenaline stuffed zone – super-cool and challenging. It’s epic freestyle riding in natural terrain is the perfect training ground. The transition from riding upper mountain steeps to The Stash’s flowing natural features is the best of both world’s.
Watch the video below and you can see for yourself how the project grew from concept to completion…
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