Top Riders from Seven Springs Qualifiers Advance to compete at the 2014 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI in Vail

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Qualifiers presented by MINI concluded today after two incredible days of slopestyle and halfpipe competition at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. At the event, the six best men and three women per discipline earned a coveted spot to compete against some the world's best riders at the iconic 32nd annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – March 8th, 2014, as well as valuable 4star World Snowboard Tour points and a piece of the $20,000 prize purse.

Under foggy, drizzly skies, top men and women put down some big runs during the halfpipe competition yesterday and will join the winners from Saturday's bluebird slopestyle event in Vail.

Men's Halfpipe Results:

1. Chase Josey             USA     US SNOWBOARDING               97.2

2. Ikkou Anai                JPN      GUSH                                      95.8

3. Gabe Ferguson          USA     ANON OPTICS                         90.2

4. Shuhei Sato              JPN      686                                          87.2

5. Joseph Mensch        USA     CARLETON COLLECTION         86.3

6. Nathan Jacobson     USA       FLOW                                      84.7

*Winning run: Michalchuk, Frontside Double 1080, Cab 1080, Crippler 720, Method, Frontside 900.

Women's Halfpipe Results:

1. Summer Fenton       USA     ZEAL OPTICS                         90.7

2. Calynn Irwin             CAN     BURTON                                 83.0

3. Kelly Berger             USA     SMITH                                    82.0

*Winning run: Backside 540, Frontside Air, Air to Fakie, Switch Backside 540, Cab 360, Frontside 720.

Men's Slopestyle Results:                                         

1. Zach Normandin      USA     VOLCOM                                 93.7

2. Brandon Davis         USA     NEFF                                      92.3

3. Tyler Nicholson       CAN     LIB TECHNOLOGIES                91.5

4. Max Eberhardt         CAN     ONEILL                                    90.3

5. Brett Moody             USA     DC                                           89.5

6. Gabe Ferguson        USA     ANON OPTICS                          88.7

Winning run: Frontside Lipslide, Boardslide, Frontside 540, Cab 900 Double Cork, Backside 1080 Double Cork.

Women's Slopestyle Results:

1. Asami Hirono               JPN      BILLABONG                          92.7

2. Charlotte Van Gils        NED     SINNER                                 90.7

3. Audrey McManiman      CAN     ANON OPTICS                      86.2

*Winning run: 50/50 frontside 180, Half Cab, Backside 360, Frontside 720 Stalefish.

New for this year, the US Open Qualifiers also featured a juniors heat for kids 13 and under for both slopestyle and halfpipe. For the full list of results, click here.

Guests at Seven Springs had no shortage of excitement during the US Open Qualifiers weekend. In addition to watching world-class snowboarding, visitors attended the Burton Mountain Festival, which offered riders a full day of on-snow activities, including free Burton 2014 product demos, music, and a travelling Riglet park designed for the smallest snowboarders. In the Sponsor Village, spectators also took photos at MINI's photobooth and played the Spin to Win game for a chance to win a Burton snowboard, played games by Paul Mitchell, and enjoyed samples from Mountain Dew, Bear Naked and Chipotle. And on Saturday, February 1st, the 'Party in Your Park' finals, a park and rail contest, took place in the all-new Industrial Parkway at Seven Springs. The competition showcased some progressive urban riding with Benjamin Milan taking first place, a cash prize and an invite to the Burton Rail Days in Tokyo, Japan later this year.


Zach Normandin. PHOTO: Jeff Patterson.