As the longest running professional snowboarding competition in the world, the people at Burton have this event down pat. And outside of the Olympics, you better believe it draws the most elite riders from all around the globe to compete for the prestigious U.S. Open title. After all, what else would you expect from the company that built the world’s first snowboard factory and was a pioneering champion for snowboarders to be allowed on public mountains? Even better, the championships return to Vail for both the slopestyle and halfpipe competitions — so you know that every enthusiastic spectator is in for a treat. Here’s what you can expect.
Slopestyle and halfpipe practice begins on Monday, February 27th and continues into Tuesday, the 28th. We believe it’s the best way to see your favorite professionals up close and personal. This year, Olympic medalists such as Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Ayumu Hirano, Jamie Anderson and so many more will be competing for top honors. This is the perfect opportunity to witness all the hard work it takes to become one of the world’s best.
The real competition begins on Wednesday, March 1st, with both the Men’s and the Women’s Slopestyle Semifinals. After a short practice session, the women kick things off at 10am with the men following shortly after at 12:30pm. Get there early and secure the perfect spot! Should you arrive just for the weekend, the Slopestyle Finals also begin with the women at 11:10am on Friday the 3rd. Those who enjoy the excitement of the halfpipe contest will want to arrive on Thursday, March 2nd, as both the Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Semifinals begin at the same times as the slopestyle events (11:10), with the Halfpipe Finals beginning on Saturday morning also at 11:10am.
Wondering what to do when there’s a break in all the action? Wonder no more. There’s plenty of options to keep you entertained at all hours of the day. The first event you won’t want to miss is the US Open Broomball Tournament that begins at 4pm on Thursday March 2nd in the Solaris Ice Rink, and continues the next day at the same time. Now that’s a sport you don’t get to see very often. Fancy some live music? We couldn’t agree more. With free live concerts at the Solaris Concert Stage beginning on Wednesday the 1st, and occurring every night thereafter, you’ll certainly have your options to jam out to some sweet mountain music. Most performers are just being announced, but you can check back here to make sure you catch the band or DJ that most interests you. And don’t forget to attend the US Open Closing Party on Saturday the 4th at Dobson Ice Arena either. That’s always an event you don’t want to miss.
Of course, there will be plenty of other things to do throughout the week. And unless you decide to actually snowboard yourself, all of it is free. From autograph sessions, awards ceremonies and apres-ski parties and more, you’re sure to never have a dull moment when you attend the Burton US Open Championships from February 27-March 5. So start planning your premier snowboarding vacation today.