The Stash Gathering 2011: Northstar-at-Tahoe CA

The first Stash Gathering for the year in the very first Stash itself: Northstar-at-Tahoe, California. For a while you forgot you were at a ski resort and imagined yourself deep in the woods with a groups of friends who can really shred. Sessioning the the rough wooden features and hiking through the trees. Trying to impress all your friends with a trick more gnarly than the guy who went before you.

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Saturday morning, 9:00 am, registration in the Village. In the weak light of the morning, a bit of excitement fills the air.

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The first grom competitors wait, ready.

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Randy, 11 years old and Grom Division winner, attacks the quarter pipe; Shreddie the Yeti celebrates.

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The groms hike zone 1, while Wyatt drops in.

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Women’s division winner, Lynsey hits the quarter pipe with ease.

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Terrain Park’s Brandon adds snow to the first feature, a banked log-wall.

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Quinn, 13 years old but competing in the men’s division, indy grabs off the first feature.

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ompetitors hike through the Stash trees.

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Alex does his thing on the banked log-wall; Ronnie pauses mid-hike to watch.

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Lynsey on the boulder bonk, first feature in zone 2.

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Hiking back to the top of zone 2.

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10 year old Men’s division competitor Red watches on as Bryce seatbelt nose-taps the boulder.

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Everyone watches as 12 year old Men’s division competitor Graham masters the log pole jam with ease.

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Hiking to the top.

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Women’s first and second place getters, Lyndsey and Katie, all the way from the UK; The guy nicknamed Slayer attacks the boulder bonk.

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andy hikes back to the top, the chairlift in a background a sudden reminder that we are in fact at a ski resort not out in the wild woods.

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Ronnie attempts the rock bonk one-footed.

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It’s a steep hike back to the top.

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Carved wooden feature in the Burton Stash.

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Park Staff ready the cabin for the final.

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The guy in red front-side disasters the cabin roof.

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The boys relax, taking time out to enjoy the skills of the others.

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Youth Open second place getter Quinn back side board slides the cabin stairs.

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Terrain Park’s Matt and Brandon watch as Max, Men’s second place getter, front side board slides the cabin stairs.

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The hot item: a Stash medal.

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Judge and Terrain Park Supervisor Joe announces the winners.

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