Winterstick Snowboards rider athlete and spokesman Tom Burt has taken an equity position in the company and will provide input into designing the hand-built boards.

Winterstick, which shifted manufacturing to Telluride, CO-based Wagner Custom last season, will designs boards optimized for steep, technical big-mountain riding. The brand was established 35 years ago, when Dimitrije Milovich, a displaced surfer living in Utah, shaped the first Swallowtail board in an effort to carve some snow. 

Burt intends to raise the profile of the Winterstick brand, which was acquired in 2001 by Bigelow Mountain Partners, LLC of Freeport, Maine.

Burt will work closely with Pete Wagner in Wagner Custom’s “micro-factory”, where each board is built by hand, allowing for Burt’s input and tweaks to make an immediate impact on board performance. 

In the start of last season, Wagner Custom acquired the U.S. and Canadian licensing agreement for the marketing, manufacturing and distribution of Winterstick snowboards.  Wagner Custom produces Winterstick’s select 2008-09 season line, all produced on-demand and shipped direct to consumer. Wagner Custom hand-builds precise-fitting skis and snowboards one-at-a-time, each unique and designed for a specific rider. 

Winterstick snowboards have been hand built since 1972.