BURTON U·S·OPEN DAILY ROUND-UP: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28

The 37th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships are picking up speed here in Vail, Colorado as we enter day three of competition. Yesterday we witnessed the world’s best throw down in slopestyle semi-finals, and the action continues today with women’s and men’s halfpipe semi-finals. Read on for more from the world’s greatest snowboard event.

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Style. Danny Davis has it. Blasting in halfpipe practice.

Today’s action starts with the women’s and men’s halfpipe semi-finals starting at 10:00am MST in the 22-foot tall, 600-foot long pipe at Vail’s Golden Peak. The best of the best, including Chloe Kim and Scotty James, are here once again to compete for the highly coveted Burton U·S·Open Halfpipe title, but first they will have to qualify for Saturday’s finals. If you can’t join us pipe-side, tune in to today’s live broadcast.

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Defending champ Chloe Kim is out for her fourth halfpipe title in a row.

The voyage to Friday’s slopestyle finals is already well underway after yesterday’s women’s and men’s heated semi-finals. On the women’s side, we saw 17-year-old Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand lock down the top qualifying spot like a veteran. For the men, it was none other than Red Gerard leading the pack with an insane second run. Be sure to tune in live on BurtonUSOpen.com or watch in person tomorrow to see who takes home the slopestyle title. Check out the slopestyle semi-finals recap [Link text in red to SS recap post] for more info and results from yesterday’s action.

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Ben Ferguson is always a crowd-pleaser with his creative approach to halfpipe.

It wouldn’t be a Burton U·S·Open without giveaways and entertainment, and this year is no exception. Be sure to visit our friends in the sponsor village at Golden Peak for all sorts of good times and giveaways. We also have Après All Day locations throughout Vail Village that are your source for the full Burton U·S·Open experience. 

Also going down today, we’ve got the Women’s Fit & Guided Demo from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Burton Demo Tent in sponsor village. This is your chance to try next year’s gear, including Step On, and get personalized advice from a team of industry experts. We also have day one of the Burton Slide Show Banked Slalom – an all ages, open to the public race where everyone who enters gets a prize. Be sure to stop by the Burton Store at Arrabelle in Lionshead from 4:30pm-6:00pm to meet Burton team riders Anna Gasser and Mark McMorris.

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Japan’s Hikaru Oe will be one of 16 women’s riders aiming for a qualifying spot in Saturday’s finals.

Tonight, the Burton Concert Series continues with rock-n-rollers The Welterweights opening up for Greensky Bluegrass who will light up Solaris with their twangy, genre-bending sounds. If you’re a bluegrass fan, you won’t want to miss this. And if you aren’t (yet), you will be after this experience.

After the concert at Solaris, head to the Shakedown Bar for Shakedown Sessions Presented by Jack Daniels featuring Mark Levy and Friends starting at 9:30pm.  

Thursday February 28 Schedule (All times MST):

10:00am: Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals, Golden Peak

12:30pm: Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals, Golden Peak

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10:00am – 12:00pm: Women's Fit and Guided Demo, Burton Demo Tent, Sponsor Village

10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Burton Slide Show Banked Slalom, Black Forest Race Arena

4:30pm – 6:00pm: Rider Meet & Greet: Anna Gasser & Mark McMorris, Burton Store at Arabelle, Lionshead

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6:30pm: Free Burton Concert Series featuring The Welterweights and Greensky Bluegrass, Solaris Concert Stage

9:30pm: Shakedown Sessions Presented by Jack Daniels with Mark Levy and Friends, Shakedown Bar  

There’s never a dull moment at the Burton U·S·Open. So tune in, buckle up, and hang on, because this is sure to be a wild ride. Keep your eyes on BurtonUSOpen.com and the Burton U·S·Open app for daily updates on the competition, concert and entertainment schedule, live broadcasts, special events, and all that’s going on this week in Vail, Colorado.