The world's top snowboarders will converge in Vail this week for the 32nd annual Burton US Open. Now in its second year in Colorado after a three-decade run in Vermont, the Open marks the first major snowboarding contest following the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
“The pressure is off for these athletes after...Sochi and the intense Olympic qualifying process of the last few months,” says Burton US Open spokeswoman Melissa Gullotti. “But the US Open is always a big one on everybody’s calendars, and I think this year we’re going to see some groundbreaking riding, just because everyone’s going to be out there having fun and letting loose. It’ll be a party, for sure.”
Spectating is free from the Golden Peak base area, with halfpipe semi-finals getting under way today at 10 a.m. Slopestyle finals start tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., followed by a free Big Gigantic concert in Solaris Plaza at 6 p.m.; halfpipe finals begin Saturday at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Capital Cities concert at 6 p.m. Finals will also be broadcast live at burton.com/uso and on Fox Sports 2. Ready to break out some of those dance moves from Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith’s viral “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” video? Don’t miss the Burton US Open after-party, at 10 p.m. Saturday at Dobson Ice Arena, featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. Go to vail.com/burton for more information.
March 3-8, 2014