Burton Snowboards has been in the news quite a bit lately, with new branding deals with everyone from the Grateful Dead to the Muppets and Disney. Now, Jake Burton, Founder and CEO of Burton Snowboards, has built a very limited run of signature snowboards called ‘The Stone Hut.’
Each Stone Hut snowboard was handcrafted in Vermont at Craig’s (named after the late great snowboard icon Craig Kelly), Burton’s snowboard prototype facility. Burton himself said that even though he’s been intricately involved in the creation of every board his brand has built over the past 35 years, it only recently occurred to him to build his own custom model.
“When the boards team approached me about doing a sig board, I jumped on it and talked them into doing a really limited production run so we could make them in Vermont at Craig’s,” said Burton. “Up until now, we’ve only made prototypes or boards for team riders there. So the Stone Hut is special for many reasons, but the one I keep coming back to is I think Craig would be stoked that it was built in his facility—I know I am.”
During this past summer, Jake spent a lot of time at Craig’s, fine-tuning each detail of the Stone Hut. His goal was to create a snowboard that was ideal for ‘a powder day in the park’—essentially a board that was very versatile so riders could easily head down an icy groomer, then dip into powder in the trees.
As far as construction goes, the concept behind the Stone Hut board is simple. It’s a twin shaped freestyle board underfoot with a powder nose and a freestyle tail. The Bend is Flat Top, so it holds an edge when riders need it, but also floats in powder. Available in two lengths (150 and 155), the Stone Hut is downsized so that riders can select a board length that is 5 cms shorter than a traditional board.
For Jake, the Stone Hut board graphic is also “a dream come true” because it features someone he’s always looked up to – Jimi Hendrix. With artwork from the Jimi Hendrix album, Valleys of Neptune, the board graphics are one-of-a-kind. For a finishing touch, Jake personally signed each board at Craig’s. There are only 100 available worldwide.