Snowboarding superstar Shaun White has chosen Northstar-at-Tahoe as his home mountain, and as part of the agreement he'll design an Olympics-caliber halfpipe.
White, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and perennial X Games star, signed a multiyear deal with Vail Resorts, which owns six ski areas in Colorado and California.
The company recently purchased Northstar, which is outside of Truckee, Calif., and near Lake Tahoe. Vail Resorts is planning to spend $30 million in capital improvements at Northstar.
As part of White's deal, Vail Resorts will donate $5 for every EPIC Pass it sells to Tennessee's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,White's chosen charity. The company sold nearly 300,000 of the season passes last season.
Northstar was one of the resorts White visited frequently on family trips, as a kid.
"This feels like a homecoming because I have spent so much time riding at most of Vail Resorts' mountains," White said in a news release. "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."
-- Photo of Shawn White by Tomas Zuccareno/Shazamm/ESPN Images