The 2016 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Return To Vail February 29 – March 5
Burlington, VT —Burton Snowboards is excited to announce that the 34th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships will once again return to Vail Mountain Resort from February 29th – March 5th for the world's greatest snowboard event. As the premier event of the competitive snowboarding season, the legendary US Open gives riders the chance to take home a major title and add their name to the roster of illustrious past winners—plus spectators get to watch all the action for FREE.
This year's event is packed full of top-tier snowboarding, world-class entertainment, and fun free events, demos, and activities for the entire family. This year also marks the return of the celebrated Burton US Open Halfpipe Junior Jam.
The Burton US Open competition kicks off on Tuesday, March 1st with the return of the Junior Jam halfpipe event, featuring the best pipe-riding groms from around the world. Ten boys and five girls ages 14 and under will compete in the 22-foot halfpipe to secure a spot to compete alongside the pros in the Burton US Open semi-finals. Some of the best riders in the world have made a name for themselves at past Burton US Open Junior Jams, including pros like Shaun White (USA), Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Chloe Kim (USA). Find out which up-and-comer will write their name into the history books this year.
Competition heats up throughout the week with the world's top professional riders battling it out for a spot in the main event halfpipe and slopestyle finals. Spectators can expect to see the most progressive snowboarding of the year go down with the world's top riders gunning for the $343,000 prize purse and the legendary US Open title. As the longest-running snowboard event in the world, the US Open is where history goes down. Last year saw the first-ever combination of back-to-back 1620s in slopestyle by Japan's Yuki Kadono. Burton's Mark McMorris (CAN) landed a first-ever 1440 combination (frontside triple cork 1440 mute into a backside triple cork 1440 mute), while Kelly Clark (USA) brought home her record eighth Burton US Open halfpipe title.
In addition to world-class competition, the US Open is a great time for everyone from fans to families to get in on all of the snowboarding action. Burton will once again provide free board, boot and binding demos for riders to try out all of the newest 2016 equipment. Burton Girls will also be offering demos and a free Burton Girls Ride Day for the ladies. And kids ages 3-6 will be able to session the Riglet Park at Golden Peak, where Burton will be offering free kids equipment, demos, and lessons.
The Burton US Open features a packed schedule off-hill as well in the Town of Vail with free live concerts from some of this year's biggest headliners and breakthrough musical acts as well as après all day giveaways, contests, and food and drinks specials in participating bars and restaurants throughout Vail Village. Additional activities include the return of the US Open Broomball tournament, product sampling, demos and giveaways in the Sponsor village at Golden Peak, along with opportunities to meet the pros and much more!
Stay tuned for more details on live bands, competing athletes, and the complete competition, event and programming schedule for the 2016 Burton US Open. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch all the action online via the live webcasts at BurtonUSOpen.com and Red Bull TV with additional TV broadcasts of slopestyle and halfpipe finals airing nationally on FS2 and locally in the Front Range on TV8.
And be sure to check out and share a teaser of the 2016 US Open here.
A big thank you to the following partners for their support of the 34th annual Burton US Open: Vail Mountain, Town of Vail, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Pacifico, Shiseido, Red Bull, Clif Bar & Company, anon., and Burton Girls.
2016 Burton US Open Competition Schedule:
Tuesday, March 1st: Halfpipe Junior Jam
Wednesday, March 2nd: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 3rd: Men's and Women's Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 4th: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 5th: 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 29th – March 5th 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 34th edition of the Burton US Open: Vail Mountain, Town of Vail, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Pacifico, Shiseido, Redbull, Clif Bar & Company, anon., and Burton Girls.
About Vail Mountain and the Town of Vail
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.