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.
Saturday morning, 9:00 am, registration in the Village. In the weak light of the morning, a bit of excitement fills the air.
The first grom competitors wait, ready.
Randy, 11 years old and Grom Division winner, attacks the quarter pipe; Shreddie the Yeti celebrates.
The groms hike zone 1, while Wyatt drops in.
Women’s division winner, Lynsey hits the quarter pipe with ease.
Terrain Park’s Brandon adds snow to the first feature, a banked log-wall.
Quinn, 13 years old but competing in the men’s division, indy grabs off the first feature.
ompetitors hike through the Stash trees.
Alex does his thing on the banked log-wall; Ronnie pauses mid-hike to watch.
Lynsey on the boulder bonk, first feature in zone 2.
Hiking back to the top of zone 2.
10 year old Men’s division competitor Red watches on as Bryce seatbelt nose-taps the boulder.
Everyone watches as 12 year old Men’s division competitor Graham masters the log pole jam with ease.
Hiking to the top.
Women’s first and second place getters, Lyndsey and Katie, all the way from the UK; The guy nicknamed Slayer attacks the boulder bonk.
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.
Ronnie attempts the rock bonk one-footed.
It’s a steep hike back to the top.
Carved wooden feature in the Burton Stash.
Park Staff ready the cabin for the final.
The guy in red front-side disasters the cabin roof.
The boys relax, taking time out to enjoy the skills of the others.
Youth Open second place getter Quinn back side board slides the cabin stairs.
Terrain Park’s Matt and Brandon watch as Max, Men’s second place getter, front side board slides the cabin stairs.
The hot item: a Stash medal.
Judge and Terrain Park Supervisor Joe announces the winners.