If you trust anyone’s opinion on the best resorts in the world to “grab some air” and “shred some powder,” it should be two-time Olympic gold medalist, professional snowboarder and skateboarder Shaun White.
Shaun will represent all six of Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar-at-Tahoe in Tahoe) but he can only call one resort his home mountain and primary training resort, and that he chose to be Northstar-at-Tahoe.
As in any home, when you move in you add a special touch to truly call it yours. What is Shaun adding to his new home? He’s designing his own 22-foot half-pipe to share with aspiring snowboarders.
“With Northstar as my home mountain, I now have the ideal place to train and continue to grow as an athlete and I am looking forward to all the possibilities this partnership brings,” said White.
As part of the launch of the new relationship, Vail Resorts will donate $5 for each Epic Season Pass sold to White’s chosen charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition, White will be designing a limited edition Epic Season Pass, which will be available to Epic Season Pass holders this fall through a Facebook promotion.
White has dominated the sport of snowboarding for the past decade. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the Half-pipe event at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, with a record 46.8 points and then went on to win it again in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, improving his own record with 48.4 points in his final run. White is the first and only snowboarder to win four consecutive gold medals in the Winter X Games Half-pipe competition. Combining his success in skateboarding, White is the first athlete to compete and medal in two different sports in both the Summer and Winter X Games in 2003 and again in 2011. He also is the first and only athlete to win gold medals in both the Summer (2006 and 2008) and Winter Dew Cup events (2009). White was recently honored with the 2011 ESPY for “Male Action Sports Athlete” for the fourth consecutive year.
For more information, visit www.northstarattahoe.com/shaunwhite.