#5. The Burton US Open

29 years deep, the Burton US Open at Stratton, Vermont remains one of snowboarding’s top billed events. This year Kelly Clark won the women’s pipe for a record fifth time and Kazu Kokubo styled his way to back-to-back wins in the men’s pipe. Seriously, just watching Kazu ride at his best qualifies this contest for the list. The slopestyle conditions were definitely less than desirable, but the riding was tight as always.

(Bonus 5 ½: The Dirkesen Derby. Blasting through those berms is just too good. http://snowboarding.transworld.net/1000166192/featuresobf/biggest-year-yet-for-the-fifth-annual-dirksen-derby/)