At Golden Peak in Vail, Colorado you just might get the opportunity to see an Olympian take flight. The 36th Annual Burton U.S. Open Snowboard Championships returns to Vail March 5-10, 2018. This event is the granddaddy of them all--it is the longest running competitive snowboarding event. This marks the sixth year in a row the championships have been held at Vail Mountain.
The Burton Open is also the final event of the snowboarding season and it comes on the heels of the Twenty-third Olympiad in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Will recent Olympians be dethroned or successfully defend their titles? Find out for yourself and watch the action in person at Golden Peak. This event is free and open to the public.
The competition gets underway Tuesday, March 6th as up-and-coming snowboarders under 14 years of age shred their stuff on the 22 ft. halfpipe during the Junior Jam. In addition to prize money, these newbies will be vying for the opportunity to compete against the pros later in the week. Don't miss your chance to see the future stars of snowboarding just as they are bursting onto the scene.
Slopestyle semi-finals get underway on Wednesday, March 7th and the finals take place on Friday, March 9th. Will Red Gerard successfully defend his Olympic Gold against the Canadian onslaught of Max Parrot and Mark McMorris? McMorris was the 2017 Burton U.S. Open slopestyle men's champion. Will Norway's Marcus Kleveland avenge his lack of a podium finish in Pyeongchang? Gerard has proven he's a smooth operator under pressure, so the competition promises to be fierce.
Halfpipe semi-finals take place on Thursday, March 8th and the finals wrap-up the championships on Saturday, March 10th. Snowboarding luminary Shaun White successfully defended his title last year--will he do it again this year with local favorite Jake Pates hot on his heels? Will Chloe Kim impress once again with her massive frontside 1080 tail grab? Be wowed and amazed by these and other competitors as they seemingly defy gravity.
As the on-hill competition comes to a close each day, the Solaris Concert Stage springs to life. Free shows take place every night including Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Monophonics. The newly added Shakedown indoor venue will feature Brothers Keeper, the Medallions and many others. The closing party takes place at the Dobson Arena. Tickets are required to attend the closing party, but complimentary tickets will be issued by Burton while they last at the two Burton stores in Vail and Lionshead. Quantities are limited.
In addition to the on-mountain excitement and evening concerts, Burton includes numerous other activities including product demos and giveaways in the Sponsor village at Golden Peak. U.S. Open gear will be available for sale at the Burton Pop Up Shop at the base of the slopestyle course. There will also be opportunities to meet the pros.
Burton Girls will be offering demos and a free Burton Girls Ride Day for the ladies. Children ages 3-6 years are invited to the kids learn-to-ride Riglet Park.
Download the Burton U.S. Open App from Google Play and the App Store. The App is your go-to information source for all things Burton U.S. Open. In addition to the competition, the App will also provide event and concert schedules, rider bios, results and more.
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