Burlington, VT (October 28, 1999) – The 18th Annual U.S. Open SnowboardingChampionships will take place March 16 – 19, 2000 at Stratton Mountain, VT.

The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships is snowboarding’s premier event,annually drawing the best athletes in the world and over 25,000 spectators forfour days of competition. Just as other sports have one event that representsthe most important gathering of the year, ëThe Opení is widely acknowledged assnowboardingís main event and most accurate talent showcase. For two decadesit has remained a model of progression, providing a benchmark for the sport,the caliber of riders, and the standard against which all other snowboardevents are measured.

The Open is truly an ìopenî event, welcoming all competitors from elitepros onthe circuit, legendary event mainstays, to complete newcomers. Each year,over500 athletes vie for top spots and a piece of the eventís cash purse. Thisyear, The Open will feature menís and womenís competitions in fourdisciplines:Halfpipe, Big Air, Super G, and Boardercross; and will award prize moneytotaling $130,000.

ESPN will again provide television coverage of this yearís event. The networkwill produce four half hour shows, generating six hours of programming, thatwill be shown on both ESPN and ESPN2 in prime time, after school and Saturdaymorning time slots, throughout the summer and fall of 2000.

Spectator admission to The Open is always free and the event features otherhighlights such as a pro rider autograph session, night-time halfpipeexhibitions, and an interactive sponsor booth area.

The U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships website iswww.usopen-snowboarding.com

For information regarding additional editorial content, editorial photographs,athlete participation / interviews, or travel logistics – contact: Fuse SportsMktg -Tara GaNun at (802) 864 – 7123 / Burton Snowboards – Amy Barrett (802)862-4500