LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand (April 2, 2009) – The Burton NZ Snowboard Open (NZO) today announced they are heading back to the NZO place of origin, Cardrona Alpine Resort.

After three years of tremendous competition at Snow Park NZ, the Burton NZ Open will step back across the valley to where it all began.

With Cardrona having invested heavily in new facilities over the past couple of years and with 22-foot pipes now being the ‘standard’ globally for high level events, this is a strategic move for the organisers of the Burton NZ Open.

“We are pleased with the move,” says event manager Reuben Yeoman. “We have enjoyed a great three years at Snow Park NZ and it is with some sadness but also enthusiasm that we have made this move. Cardrona have done a phenomenal job over the past couple of years in bringing their pipe and park up to international competition standard and in doing so have created a great venue for hosting international events. We are simply moving with the times and giving the riders what they want.”

The first stop on both the prestigious Burton Global Open Series and TTR World Tour, the Burton NZ Open will again take Wanaka and the Cardrona Valley by storm.

Running from Tuesday 11th through Saturday 15th August, the Burton NZ Open is an event not to be missed. Full event details including a comprehensive gig and party line up will be published soon. All updates will be available via www.opensnowboarding.com