Burlington, VT – 2006 will be a big year for snowboarding. The Winter Olympics will feature snowboarding for the third time. And snowboarding’s longest-standing contest – the Open Snowboarding Championships, will add another global event to the series in Australia. Confirmed dates and locations for the 2005/2006 Open Snowboarding Championships are below.

Burton New Zealand Open
August 11-13, 2005
Cardrona and Snowpark, New Zealand

Garnier Fructis Australian Open
September 3-4, 2005
Perisher Blue, Australia

Burton European Open
January 14-21, 2006
Laax, Switzerland

Nippon Open
February 22-26, 2006
ALTS Bandai, Japan

US Open
March 14-19, 2006
Stratton, VT USA

Down under in the Southern Hemisphere where winter will be in full swing in August and September, the Open Snowboarding Championships will make a big impact. The Burton New Zealand Open will take place for the third year and the Garnier Fructis Australian Open will debut at Perisher Blue.

For the upcoming winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, the Opens in Europe, Japan and the United States are perfectly timed to proceed and follow the Winter Olympics in Italy. At the Burton European Open, riders will get to test their skills prior to competing at the Games. And the Nippon and US Open will give top riders the chance to defend their Olympic titles. Once again, the male and female winners of the European Open, Nippon Open and US Open will receive airfare and accommodations at the next contest in the Open event series.

More details to come on all Open events as the dates draw nearer. Check out www.opensnowboarding.com for updates and background information on the events.

For more information on the Open Snowboarding Championships, contact:

North America
Nancy Carlson (949) 789-1814
Caroline Andrew (212) 528-1691
nancyc@burton.com
candrew@mfaltd.com

Europe
Birgit Gruber 43-512-230-212
birgitg@burton.com

Japan
Burton Snowboards: Koji Ishihara 03-5738-2583
kishihara@burton.co.jp

New Zealand
Guy Alty 021-350-214
guy@higherground.co.nz

Australia
Pat Crowley +61 2 9935 9090
patc@esa.com.au

The Open Snowboarding Championships are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. The Opens welcome all riders to compete, giving locals, amateurs and pros an equal shot at a world-class title. With events held in Europe, Japan, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe. Nippon,