The Woods Are the Goods

Jackson Builds Stash Parks

The Stash is coming to the Rocky Mountains. And you won’t need a prescription to partake.

Burton’s The Stash project was designed to get snowboarders out of the park and into the woods, taking advantage of the natural terrain, local wood products and all the creative elements the mountain has to offer. According to Jake Burton, terrain parks are two-dimensional. The Stash is the remedy, mixing the best of every trail into one wooded run designed to test your riding flow—from rainbow log jibs and misty road gaps to hidden pow stashes and fast turns.

The Stash has made its debut in five resorts worldwide, including Northstar at Tahoe and Killington in Vermont. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is ready to build, but still waiting for approval on exactly what the park will encompass.

“The details of the projects are just emerging,” says Jackson Hole Mountain Resort spokesman Zahan Billimoria.

“What we know is that we will have up to five Stashes that will include rails, ramps and jumps built out of native rock, dirt and wood. For JHMR this is very exciting development because, as a mountain, we are known and loved for our huge natural terrain. The Stash concept allows us to use the terrain, and enhance it to create a number of micro-terrain zones all over the mountain where riders can maximize their riding with ramps, rails and jumps.”

Rob Kingwill, JHMR Team Rider, adds that Jackson Hole already features terrain that lends itself to freeride and freestyle all over the mountain, but The Stash means there will be a crew dedicated to making sure the natural hits are well shaped, as well as enhancing other terrain and creating new possibilities. “With The Stash, Jackson Hole will truly be the world’s best natural terrain park,” he says.

Which leaves one question remaining, when? Billimoria says he thinks February, and then dangles another carrot: “We’re working on some never before seen features for the Jackson Stash. But I can’t talk about them yet.”

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