Burton US Open moves to Vail
Mon 30 July 12
Burton Snowboards and Vail Mountain officially announced today that the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is moving to Vail, Colorado starting in 2013. The 31st edition of the US Open will take place at Vail’s Golden Peak from February 25 – March 2, 2013
To commemorate this news, key members of the snowboard community gathered in Vail last week to get a first look at the venue, including the proposed 22-foot halfpipe location at Golden Peak, and hear from Burton andVail representatives about the vision and evolution for the event moving forward. Burton pro riders Kelly Clark and Mark McMorris were among the group in Vail, and had this to say:
“The US Open is one of my favorite events by far, and I couldn’t be more excited about its next evolution,” stated five-time US Open halfpipe champ and three-time Olympian Kelly Clark of West Dover, Vermont. “Burton has always been about progressing the sport and doing what’s best for snowboarders, and I truly believe that this move to Vail will make the Open even better for theriders and the thousands of fans who come out to watch.”
“I also couldn’t be more stoked on this,” added two-time X-Games Gold Medalist Mark McMorris of Regina, Canada. “Ever since I started snowboarding, the US Open was always the main show, and knowing what Burton and Vail have in store to take this contest to the next level makes me so excited to compete there this winter.”
The Burton US Open, which first took place in 1982, is now the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world. And like the sport itself, the event has morphed and changed over the past three decades - changes that not only included moving mountain locations from Suicide Six to Snow Valley to Stratton, but also changes that addressed the level of snowboarding and needs of the riders each year. Burton Founder & CEO Jake Burton has played a vital role at every step of the US Open’s history and had this to say:
“First off, I just want to thank Stratton Mountain in Vermont where the US Open took place for so long,” said Jake. “Stratton not only hosted the Open for 27 years, but also played a pivotal role in making resort riding a reality. And as we look to the future progression of the US Open, I feel that Vail offers us the ideal venue to host the event. Vail is an incredible mountain and has been my snowboarding home-away-from-home for over 20 years. I have no doubt that the US Open at Vail will only grow in its legacy as the premier rider-driven event in the world.”
Planning between Burton and Vail is well underway for the 2013 US Open, which includes securing final U.S. Forest Service approvals to relocate Vail’s halfpipe to a more favorable position on Golden Peak. In addition, Golden Peak’s base area will be transformed into a festival-like village with a host of exciting activities and experiences, including free, live music concerts for all riders and spectators.
“When Burton decided to move the US Open out west after 30 successful years back east, we were delighted that they chose Vail for such an important event. We look forward to hosting the world’s best snowboarders at Vail. We believe it’s a perfect marriage of two great brands in the winter sports industry and we’ll do our utmost to make this a tremendously successful endeavor,” said Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division.
The 2013 US Open will take place at Vail Mountain from February 25-March 2, 2013. For ongoing updates and info please visit http://www.opensnowboarding.com throughout the season.
Wed 01 August 12
Winter in New Zealand is now in full swing with good conditions at many resorts and lots of events to look forward to.
Fri 03 August 12, Snowpark, New Zealand
A huge field consisting of 95 local and international riders have hit the mountain at Snow Park, NZ with preliminary rounds of the two-day Billabong Bro Down, a 4Star Slopestyle event on the World Snowboard Tour
Mon 06 August 12, Snowpark, New Zealand
Local Wanaka rider, Stef Zeestraten (NZL), 27, has defeated a field of more than 50 international riders to claim the Open Men’s division of the Billabong Bro Down!
Tue 07 August 12, Snowpark, New Zealand
Local Wanaka rider, Stef Zeestraten (NZL), 27, defeated a field of more than 50 international riders to claim the Open Men’s division of the Billabong Bro Down.
Thu 09 August 12, The Remarkables, New Zealand
Riders and skiers will be out in force for The Parklife Invitational, run by The Remarkables ski area. The event has cemented itself as one of Queenstown’s major downtown winter events in the 10 years since it began.
25 Feb-2 Mar 13
Burton US Open is a 6* TTR event, this this season it moves from its spiritual home Stratton to Vail