Residing on top of Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, the Stone Hut was originally built as a warming hut by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. Nowadays, it takes a lottery win to be able to stay in it during the winter, but it’s awesome and the best way to get the much-battled-after first tracks at Stowe. Jake has spent many nights in the Stone Hut over the years, so it was a perfect fit as the name of his signature board, the Stone Hut. Built as a freestyle board mixed with a pow board, it’s ideal for riding around on groomers and dipping into the trees for some pow. With such a different shape and take on riding, Jake shared a little about where the inspiration for a board like this came from.
And even though there are less than 100 Stone Hut boards available worldwide, you can still try to get one of your own at the retailers listed at the end of the interview.
What was the concept behind the Stone Hut board?
The concept behind the Stone Hut is pretty simple. It’s basically the ride of a true twin, pretty much modeled after the Super Hero, with a slightly longer running length. Between your feet it has full-on freestyle performance, but it also has a full-on powder nose so you can go just about anywhere. At a place like Stowe, you can ride wherever you want: in the park, in the pipe, groomers…whatever you’re feeling, then you can jump into the woods, and have a good powder board and not be penalized at all. It’s a 150, but floats like a much longer board in fresh snow.
Where was the board made?
The boards team approached me about doing a signature board, and I jumped on the opportunity. I talked them into doing a really limited production run so we could make them at Craig’s, our prototype facility next door to Burton HQ in Vermont. Up until we produced the Stone Hut, we’d only made prototype boards and boards for the team riders at Craig’s. We worked on the board at the end of the summer because Craig’s isn’t as busy building boards for the riders then. I think Craig would be stoked that it was made in the facility named after him, and I am too.
Did you decide to go with camber or rocker on this board?
The Bend is Flat Top, which isn’t really Rocker or Camber—it’s right in-between. Flat Top gives you great edge hold on harder snow, but in powder it’s just as smooth, quick and solid as you want it to be.
What has the feedback been like so far?
I think it’s working out really well. Everybody through the ranks who has tested the board, from JG to my kids, has loved it.
What boards did you look to for inspiration on the Stone Hut?
For a while I was really into the Fish, the Malolo, and the Piranha, and after talking to Terje and riding with him, I fell in love with the idea of having a lot of float in front of your front foot. At the same time, I’m riding hard snow a lot in Vermont, even if it’s to get to powder. I like the feel of a symmetrical board and I don’t want a tail that’s going to wash out—I want a tail that can really hold an edge and at the same time rip in powder. I think that’s the whole point behind this board.
So why does the Stone Hut come in a 150 and a 155?
Originally, the board I wanted to ride was the 150. After going to Europe and riding with some of the people out there, they were really into it, but they just wanted a bigger board. I’m sure that there are a lot of people out west and in the Northwest who would also like a bigger board, so we made a 155 too. I like the 155, but I’ve gotten caught up in the whole Nug thing lately, so I like the 150 the most. I think the 150 and the 155 will pretty much cover the whole spectrum.
What’s the story on the graphic?
I looked to Greg and Dennis in Creative for help with the graphic, and it turned out we had already been talking to the estate of Jimi Hendrix, so we were able to work out a deal where we could use a cool shot of him on the board. I think it works out well and it fits into the concept of the Family Tree graphics. I’ve always looked up to Hendrix, and he’s had a big impact on my life, so having him on a board and calling it the Stone Hut is just kind of…perfect.
The Stone Hut comes with some extra stuff, can you tell us about that?
Yeah. We put together a kit that comes with the Stone Hut. It’s basically a few items I thought would go well with the board. It’s all packaged in really cool laptop case. Here’s a list:
EST CantBEDs (medium): I ride them all the time as do a number of team riders. I find they work really well on this board. If you need a different size, just call my office (phone number comes with the board).
Sharpie: Most people are afraid to move their bindings back on a pow day since they think they’ll forget where their original stance was. Use the Sharpie to mark that perfect stance once you find it. You’ll have it for the life of the board.
EST Tool: Use it to fine-tune your stance or to move your bindings back on a pow day.
Credit Card Scraper: It fits in your wallet. Finally, a scraper that’s there when you need it.
Music: A code comes with each board so you can download a few of my Hendrix favorites.
Stickers: I couldn’t resist throwing in a few stickers from the archives that have gotten us into trouble over the years.
The Stone Hut is available in very limited quantities at Burton Flagship Stores as well as these local shops worldwide:
Active Sports Lifestyles – California
Surfside Sports – California
Valsurf Board Shop – California
Wave Rave of Mammoth – California
B.C. Surf & Sport – Colorado
Gravitee – Colorado
Radio Boardshop – Colorado
Shred Shop – Illinois
Backwoods Snowboards – Maine
Eastern Boarder – Massachusetts
Wind, Waves & Wheels – Michigan
Paragon Sporting Goods – New York
Martini Skate and Snow – Ohio
U.S. Outdoor Store – Oregon
Buckman’s Ski Shop – Pennsylvania
Vertical Urge – North Carolina
Milosport – Orem, Utah
Milosport – California
Salty Peaks Snowboard Shop – Utah
Darkside Snowboards – Vermont
Equipe Sport/Mountain Riders – Vermont
evo – Washington
Snowboard Connection – Washington
Moda 3 – Wisconsin
Easy Rider – Alberta
The Source – Alberta
Unlimited – Alberta
Pacific Boarder – British Columbia
Island Snow – British Columbia
Showcase Whistler – British Columbia
Fathom – Ontario
Meltdown – Ontario
So Hip it Hurts – Ontario
Alternative – Quebec
Atlas – Quebec
Burton Tremblant – Quebec
Empire – Quebec
Blue Tomato – Austria
Twits – Belgium
Addicted Lyon – France
Francois Cogne Surf Shop – France
Fifty-Eight Skate Snow Surf – Germany
Planet Sports – Germany
Detour Boarding Store- Italy
Surf In – Luxembourg
The Old Man – Netherlands
Kosmos Burton Skate Snowshop- Poland
Dak Tak 2000 – Spain
Villadomat – Andorra
Junkyard – Sweden
Julen Sport – Switzerland
Subvert Boardstore– United Kingdom
Chu’s – Nigata
b.c. map- Sapporo
Heaven Store.b – Tokorozawa
13 a-bony – Yokkaichi
(Main photo: Jeff Curtes. Other photos: Chris Zimmerman and Mark Cernosia)