Vail Today: Burton Snowboard Raffle for The Chill Foundation (video)
By Tricia Swenson | Vail Today
What happens when a world-renown artist takes up snowboarding? A great collaboration that helps raise funds for at-risk youth. When Jeff Koons, an internationally known artist, had the opportunity to meet Jake Burton after taking up the sport of snowboarding, it didn’t take long for them to realize they could use their talents to co-design an exceptional snowboard. Burton designed the technical side of the board while Koons designed the aesthetics. The result is the Philosopher, named after Plato. “I created an idea for a board that reflects the philosophy of Plato’s Cave – the idea of transcendence, freeing oneself and walking out of that cave in a higher state of consciousness. That’s what the act of snowboarding does for me,” said Koons. How does this board ride? “Jake put his life history of snowboarding into The Philosopher to create the ultimate, high-performance board that’s great for all mountain riding,” said Koons. The Philosopher was crafted by hand at Burton Headquarters in Vermont where only 50 of the limited edition snowboards were produced. They were sold for $5,000 each at an unveiling event in December at Burton’s flagship store in New York City. All proceeds from sales of The Philosopher will benefit The Chill Foundation, the charity organization founded by Jake and Donna Carpenter that inspires youth to overcome challenges through board sports. One of The Philosopher boards was on display at the Burton U.S. Open and will be raffled off later this season. Raffle tickets for the limited edition Jeff Koons X Burton Philosopher Snowboard are $10 each. There is no limit on the number of tickets that may be purchased. Tickets can be purchased at The Chill Foundation’s booth at Sponsor Village or online at http://www.chill.org/koons-board-raffle. You do not need to be present to win and the drawing will take place on March 23rd at the Burton headquarters in Vermont.