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2015 Burton US Open Vail Preview

The 33rd annual Burton US Open, snowboarding’s longest running competition, takes over Vail, Colorado from March 4-7, 2015 with an updated slopestyle course, longer Superpipe, and five days of entertainment. As the last major competition of the season, the field of over 200 athletes will be whittled down throughout the week of heavy action that starts on Wednesday, March 4 with men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals. Halfpipe semi-finals kick off on Thursday March, 5. Only the top six women and top 10 men will advance to slopestyle finals on Friday and Superpipe finals on Saturday.

The US Open has hosted some of the more creative slopestyle courses since it first came to Vail in 2013, and continues the tradition this year with the MINI Feature, which starts the jump line with a takeoff flanked by transitions on either side. “We're always changing things up with the slopestyle course, trying some different things,” says Ian Warda, Events Director for Burton.  This year we focused on throwing some new elements into traditional slopestyle riding. [We’re] trying to break the norm of the standard courses with three rails leading into three jumps.”

Among those competing this week include; 2015 X Games gold medalists Danny Davis, Mark McMorris, Chloe Kim and Silje Norendal; 2015 Burton European Open slopestyle gold medalist Stale Sandbech, and 2014 Olympic gold medalists Jamie Anderson, Sage Kotsenburg, [slopestyle] Kelly Clark, and Iouri Podladtchikov [pipe].

"The US Open is one of those events that everyone respects and looks forward to," says back-to- back defending US Open slopestyle winner Mark McMorris. "There's such good vibes and it really wraps up the year for me."

While the on-hill action is sure to be showcase some progressive riding, there’s plenty of opportunities to let loose off the hill, fueled by several nights of live music on the Solaris Concert Stage in Vail Village. The energetic gaggle of eclectic musicians, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will take the stage following slopestyle finals on Friday, while mashup DJ Girl Talk, is set to spin following the Superpipe finals on Saturday.

Stay tuned to TWSNOW for all the breaking action and antics from from 33rd US Open. We’ll be on site in Vail, delivering you the goods.

Check out the live webcast here.

Burton US Open Schedule March 4-7

Wednesday, March 4

Slopestyle Semi Finals:
9:00am – 9:45am MST Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am MST Women’s Slopestyle Semi Finals
11:10am – 12:15pm MST Men’s Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s Slopestyle Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Halfpipe Practice:
10:00am – 12:00pm MST Men’s & Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
1:00pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s & Women’s Practice at Golden Peak

Entertainment:
4:30pm – 7:00pm MST US Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink
7:00pm – 8:30pm MST Pickin’ at the US Open Kickoff Party with Andy Thorn & Friends at Solaris Concert Stage

Thursday, March 5

Halfpipe Semi Finals:
9:00am – 9:45am MST Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
10:00am – 11:10am MST Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals
11:10am – 12:15pm MST Men’s Practice at Golden Peak
12:30pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals at Golden Peak

Slopestyle Practice:
10:00am – 12:00pm MST Men’s & Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
1:00pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s & Women’s Practice at Golden Peak

Entertainment:

4:30pm – 8:00pm MST US Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink

Friday, March 6

Slopestyle Finals:
10:00am – 11:15am MST Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm MST Women’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak
12:45pm – 1:45pm MST Men’s Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm MST Men’s Slopestyle Finals at Golden Peak

Halfpipe Practice:
10:00am – 12:00pm MST Men’s and Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
1:00pm – 3:00pm MST Men’s and Women’s Practice at Golden Peak

Entertainment:

6:30pm – 6:45pm MST Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Awards at Solaris Concert Stage
6:00pm – 10:00pm MST FREE Concert with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at Solaris Stage

Saturday, March 7

Halfpipe Finals:
10:00am – 11:15am MST Women’s Practice at Golden Peak
11:30am – 12:30pm MST Women’s Superpipe Finals at Golden Peak
12:45pm – 1:45pm MST Men’s Practice at Golden Peak
2:00pm – 4:00pm MST Men’s Superpipe Finals at Golden Peak

Entertainment:
6:30pm – 6:45pm MST Men’s and Women’s Superpipe Awards at Solaris Concert Stage

6:00pm – 10:00pm MST FREE Concert with Moon Hooch and Girl Talk at Solaris Stage

10:00pm – 1:30am MST US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena

Artists:
Grandtheft
DJ Maseo
Ali Shaheed Muhammad