The 2017 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Return to Vail Feb. 27 – March 4
Burlington, VT (January 31, 2017) —Mark your calendars, Burton Snowboards announces the return of the 35th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships to Vail Mountain Resort February 27 – March 4. Now in its landmark 35th year, the Burton US Open continues to be the longest running and most prestigious event of the competitive snowboarding season. The legendary Burton US Open offers the world's top riders the chance to take home a major title and add their name to the enviable roster of past winners, with spectators invited to take in all the action and excitement for FREE. In addition to top-tier snowboarding talent, this year's event features an enhanced entertainment roster packed full of live bands and DJs to be announced in February. The Burton US Open continues to be a hub for fun free events, demos, and activities for the entire family throughout the event.
Expect plenty of snowboarding action throughout all five days of competition kicking off on Tuesday, February 28th with the celebrated Burton US Open Junior Jam featuring top halfpipe groms from around the world battling it out for the $2,000 prize purse and a spot alongside the pros in the halfpipe semi-finals later in the week. For 2017, the competitive field has been expanded to include 16 boys and eight girls aged 14 and under. Don't miss this peek into the future of the sport—2016 featured a mind-blowing performance by young Judd Henkes, who managed to finish fifth overall in the Burton US Open halfpipe finals after coming up through the Junior Jam. What young star will wow the crowds in 2017?
The pro competition gets underway starting Wednesday, March 1st with the world's top riders competing in the slopestyle and halfpipe semi-finals for a chance at the main event and the $343,000 prize purse. With the season well underway, riders are ready to put down their most progressive runs and become part of history at the legendary Burton US Open. Last year saw the return of Shaun White (USA) winning the halfpipe event with a commanding seven-point lead, blasting a crowd-thrilling massive 25-foot backside air—possibly the biggest air ever seen in competitive halfpipe riding. While teen prodigy Chloe Kim (USA) took her first Burton US Open halfpipe victory landing back-to-back 1080s in a milestone run for the two-time X Games gold medalist. Men's slopestyle saw 18-year old Kyle Mack take the win—Kyle first competed in the US Open Junior Jam 11 years prior at age seven. And defending women's slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson (USA) claimed her fifth Burton US Open championship title.
2017 marks the fifth year in a row that the Burton US Open will be held at Vail Mountain where fans and families are invited to get in on all of the action on-hill and off. Burton will once again provide free snowboard and binding demos for riders to try out all of the newest 2017 equipment. Burton Girls will also be offering demos and a free Burton Girls Ride Day for the ladies. Kids ages 3-6 years will be able to session the Riglet Park, a custom kid's learn-to-ride area, plus try out free Burton demo equipment and lessons.
The excitement of the Burton US Open continues in the Town of Vail with an expanded FREE live concert schedule over four days featuring some of this year's biggest main-stage touring bands as well as breakthrough musical acts and renowned DJs. Join in the fun at participating bars and restaurants throughout Vail Village offering Après All Day food and drinks specials, live broadcasts of the slopestyle and halfpipe events, plus giveaways and contests. Additional activities include the return of the US Open Broomball tournament; product sampling, demos and giveaways in the Sponsor village at Golden Peak; exclusive US Open gear at the Burton Pop Up Shop at the base of the slopestyle course, plus opportunities to meet the pros and much more!
New this year, download the Burton US Open App for all information around the 2017 Burton US Open, including the competition, event and programming schedule, competing athletes, live bands, results and more. The app will be available through Google Play and the App Store starting mid-February. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch all the action online via the live broadcasts at BurtonUSOpen.com and Red Bull TV with additional TV broadcasts of slopestyle and halfpipe finals airing nationally on FS2 and locally in Colorado on TV8.
A big thank you to the following partners for their support of the 35th annual Burton US Open: Town of Vail, Pacifico, Clif Bar & Company, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Stoli, Woolmark, G-Form, Rethink Water, Boa, Red Bull, anon., Burton Girls and Vail Mountain.
2017 Burton US Open Competition Schedule:
Tuesday, February 28th: Halfpipe Junior Jam
Wednesday, March 1st: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 2nd: Men's and Women's Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 3rd: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 4th: Men's and Women's Halfpipe Finals
About the Burton US Open
The world's best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from February 27th– March 4th to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 35th edition of the Burton US Open: Town of Vail, Pacifico, Clif Bar & Company, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Stoli, Woolmark, G-Form, Rethink Water, Boa, Red Bull, anon., Burton Girls and Vail Mountain.
About Vail Mountain
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. For more information, please visit http://www.vail.com.
Taren Dolbashian, Burton Snowboards, firstname.lastname@example.org