Snowboarders get free lift tickets at Copper Mountain in honor of Jake Burton

Snowboarders get free lift tickets at Copper Mountain in honor of Jake Burton

The whole ethos of snowboarding culture is freedom, so what better way could there be to celebrate the legacy of snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton Carpenter than a free day of snowboarding?

That’s what will happen at Copper Mountain and a dozen other resorts around the world on March 13 in honor of Burton, the inspirational icon who died in November. Free lift tickets for that day will be offered to snowboarders (sorry, skiers, no freebies for you) who preregister online by midnight on March 8.

RELATED: Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards, dies at 65

Burton, the founder of the snowboard company that bore his name, spent 42 years growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to an international snowsports phenomenon. He pushed ski areas to allow snowboards in the days when most wouldn’t — Breckenridge was the first in the U.S., making the move in 1985 — and supported competitive snowboarders as the athletes they are.

In addition to Copper, other participating areas include Boyne Mountain (Michigan), Summit at Snoqualmie (Washington), Big Sky (Montana), Boreal and Bear Mountain (California), Stratton Mountain (Vermont), Cypress Mountain (British Columbia) and five resorts overseas. “A Day for Jake” armbands and stickers will be available at Burton shops.

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