Burton is famous for his visions on the future of the snowboard and counters the traditional need of snowparks to use large volumes of energy creating snow and carving terrain features.
Burton's philosophy is to create an area in the middle of the forest that caters for a mixture of freeride and freestyle, whilst simultaneously transmitting messages about environmental protection.
The "Stash" is born from absence - as Jake Burton stated - sliding structures for "senior" riders who started freeriding about 20 years ago and who now have children who are into freestyle, not only on snowboards but also on skis, where there is enormous potential for development.
Parents and children aspiring to ride together in this area whilst doing different forms of snowsports will find a domain that is, by common consensus, ideal for shared fun.
Situated in the middle of a large expanse of un-groomed snow, it is ideal for trying out wide turns in powder snow. These slopes wind in and out of the trees in the Lindarets forest and are punctuated with hidden wooden jumps and other structures all around the circuits that skiers stumble across when hurtling down a "secret passage". You have to ski or snowboard down the same slope many times to discover all the concealed modules.
There are three slopes of varying levels which join up half-way down and lead to a cabin hidden in the middle of pine trees, then separate again to snake their way along this beautiful forest's hidden by-ways. The cabin is where messages are subtly spread - not forced down throats - about actions that can limit environmental damage. It is also possible to engrave your own message in the wood.
Avoriaz and Burton's goal is to make the Stash a reference point in Europe for both snowboarding and skiing, where ski schools can take pupils, thereby creating a new approach to the teaching of snow sports. They also wish to target parents and children wishing to have a go at backcountry skiing in a safe place.
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