Burlington, Vermont—The US Open Snowboarding Championships, the world’s longest-standing snowboarding contest, will take place at Stratton Mountain, Vermont from March 13-19. Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, Danny Kass and Hannah Teter are just a few of the top riders who plan to attend the event, which features quarterpipe, halfpipe, slopestyle and junior jam contests. NBC will air the US Open on April 15, 2006 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. EST.

Competing at the US Open has been a rite of passage and honor for amateur and pro snowboarders alike for over two decades. The event, which draws over 30,000 fans, big name sponsors and international media to the backwoods of Vermont, is free of charge to spectators. One of the only snowboarding events in the world to offer women and men competitors equal winnings, the US Open’s prize purse includes over $200,000 in cash, two all new Volvo C70 convertibles, two Ski-Doo Freestyle snowmobiles and the latest goodies from Motorola including the super sharp SLVR.

This year’s Open will be better than ever with the biggest halfpipe in Open history featuring 22-foot high walls that will let the riders push their runs to insane heights. And for the first time since the year 2000, portions of the event will go down in the heart of Stratton’s main base area including the revived Friday Night Quarterpipe contest and both concerts on Friday and Saturday night.

In addition to watching some of the best snowboarding in the world, spectators will find plenty to do in the US Open Sponsor Village. Stop by the Burton Demo Tent and try out the new Burton 2007 product line months before it hits stores. Take a few runs at Stratton, which has hosted the Open for 21 years and welcomed snowboarders on its slopes since 1983. Drop by the HELLOMOTO Lounge and check out Burton and Motorola’s new AUDEX„¢ outerwear line featuring Bluetooth technology that lets you sync up your phone and iPod® to the jacket. Plus, be sure to take a look at Motorola’s new line of hip handsets; the RAZR, the PEBL and the SLVR. Peek in the windows of the all new Volvo C70 convertible that the female and male Most Valuable Rider will drive home. SoBe will give away $2,500 to the male and female winners of the SoBe Sick Trick Contest and pass out plenty of free drinks. Snickers will keep snowboard fans and riders satisfied at the Open. In addition to sponsoring the $5,000 Best Trick Award, Nintendo will set up interactive stations for Nintendo DS and Nintendo GameCube systems where visitors can play the latest Nintendo releases including Metroid® Prime Hunters, Mario Kart® DS, Tetris® DS, Animal Crossing®: Wild World and Activision’s Tony Hawk’s American SK8Land. GORE-TEX® is back again providing outerwear for the judges and free demo gear for spectators. FHM will be handing out all kinds of free stuff at their booth. Paul Mitchell will be on site coifing mullets, mohawks, fakie comb-overs and fauxhawks as well as awarding the ugliest cases of hat-head with Hair Repair Toolkits. And for everyone 21 and older, Bud Light will be flowing throughout the event.

With up-and-coming riders and top pros competing for US Open glory and prestige, the Open truly is one of the most exciting contests in snowboarding. Don’t miss your chance to see it first hand this upcoming March at Stratton Mountain Resort.

The Open Snowboarding Championships are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. The Opens welcome all riders to compete, giving locals, amateurs and pros an equal shot at a world-class title. With events held in Europe, Japan, the United States and New Zealand, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe. Thanks to 2006 spponsors Burton Snowboards, Stratton Mountain, Motorola, Volvo Cars of North America, SoBe Beverages, Snickers, Nintendo, GORE-TEX® products, FHM and Paul Mitchell for helping make the Open snowboarding’s most anticipated event.