2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of the first Stash run made which lives at Northstar. To celebrate, Burton teamed up with Northstar to re-create an age-old event called, “The Stash Gathering”. All summer, the Burton Resorts and Events teams collaborated with SPT and Northstar to get the Craig Kelly (CK) cabin and Stash run ready for the event. For the 10 Year anniversary we broke some extra heat by partnering with our Qualifiers event and having the 3rdstop of the series at Northstar. At this event there was an honorary ride for Craig Kelly and Bob King, our first ever chainsaw artist who has built tons of the Stash features was there doing live chainsaw art alongside all the insane riding. The Craig Kelly cabin was the focal point of the setup, which tapped into the creative flow of The Stash’s all-natural features.
“Jake had just gotten back from Bear Mountain in California,” explains Jeff Boliba, VP of Global Resorts. “He told me, ‘Hey I’m noticing a lot of riders are just straight-lining between the rails in these linear parks. They can barely hold an edge or make proper turns, but they can crush rails and jumps.’ So, he wanted to spread the spirit of all-mountain riding. ”
“We asked some of our team riders, what can we do to inspire these park riders to get after the whole mountain and blend freestyle and freeriding?” Boliba says, “Resorts weren’t approaching parks like this. At this moment in time rails, metal, and non-native materials were the only features resorts knew. We saw an opportunity to help them be more creative with their approach towards developing freestyle terrain and wanted to help them innovate the next generation of resort runs. There were things that had never been done before, like making a park run through the trees with features, jumps, and transitions, integrating cat track gaps, or a cabin you could jump.”