The Chill Foundation Brings Youth Participants to the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado

The Chill Foundation will be in Vail, Colorado from Tuesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 4, 2017 for the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.

Chill is a non-profit organization founded by Burton Snowboards owners Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter. Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, the organization inspires youth to overcome challenges through boardsports.

This year, Chill will give participants in its youth development snowboard program a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Selected youth will get a chance to meet Jake Burton, Founder and Chairman of Burton Snowboards, and his wife Donna Carpenter, CEO of Burton Snowboards and Founder / President of the Chill Foundation. These participants will also meet some of the world's best snowboarders and see them compete!

Throughout the five days, Chill will host a fundraising event on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Bo Bridges Gallery in Vail Village. The event will feature a raffle to win a snowboard designed by artist Jeff Koons and Burton Snowboards owner Jake Burton, U.S. Open athletes, music, and great food. Be sure to stop by and support a great cause. A $30 minimum donation is required at the door.

In addition to Chill's charitable event, the organization will also hold a meet, greet and ride event for Chill participants with Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter on Friday, March 3rd at Vail Mountain.

"Having an opportunity to attend the Burton U.S. Open provides a life-changing experience for our youth," said Alex Bornstein, Executive Director at the Chill Foundation. "This event gives Chill participants the ability to see a world beyond the challenging everyday circumstances they are facing and has a profound impact on how they view themselves and others around them. We are grateful for the tremendous support we receive from our donors who make this trip possible every year."

About Us
Chill is a non-profit, positive youth development program with sites in 13 cities across North America. The mission of the Chill Foundation is to inspire youth to overcome challenges through boardsports. Each year, we serve 1,400 youth. We provide them with everything they need to learn to ride: lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear. We use snowboarding to motivate youth to accomplish goals they never thought they could, while teaching them some of the most important lessons in life about respect, patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, and pride – our weekly themes within the program. The non-profit youth development program has served more than 21,000 kids since its inception. Our programs take place in Baltimore, Boston, Burlington, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. Chill also runs skateboarding, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding programs throughout the year.

Our History
Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter, the owners of Burton Snowboards, founded Chill in 1995 in Burlington, Vermont, to bring snowboarding to youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. The program had such an immediate and profound impact that we have continued to expand into new cities, new boardsports, and new countries.

Who We Serve
Chill serves youth facing a multitude of challenges such as poverty, addiction, and mental health issues. Many of the youth have never left their cities, and most have never been to the mountains. Chill gives these youth the chance to break boundaries and find their opportunities to be successful in life. More than that, Chill helps them look forward– to see beyond the circumstances of today and encouraging them to focus on positive alternatives for the future.

Become a Chill Partner
Chill is heavily dependent on the support of individual and corporate donors. To find out how you can partner with Chill, e-mail chill@chill.org or call 802-383-6920. For more information, or to donate, visit www.chill.org.

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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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.

Founded by Burton Co-Owners Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter, Chill’s core youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses boardsports to teach life skills and increase self-esteem in underserved youth between the ages of 10-18. Our six weekly themes; respect, patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, and pride, provide a framework for learning and personal growth. We use our time on the bus to the program to introduce the weekly theme through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on the mountain, at the beach, or at the skatepark. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the innate joy of snowboarding. For more information about Chill, head to www.chill.org.