BURTON U·S·OPEN DAILY ROUND-UP: THURSDAY MARCH 8

The 36th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships are in full swing. We witnessed an epic showdown at yesterday’s slopestyle semi-finals, and continue the action today with women’s and men’s halfpipe semi-finals. Read on for the lowdown on day three of world-class competition and entertainment.

Today’s action starts with the women’s and men’s halfpipe semi-finals starting at 10:00am MST in the 22-foot tall pipe at Vail’s Golden Peak. The world’s best riders are here once again to compete for the highly coveted Burton U·S·Open Halfpipe title, but first they 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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Eight-time U·S·Open Halfpipe Champion Kelly Clark is always one to watch.

The journey to Friday’s slopestyle finals is already well underway after yesterday’s women’s and men’s heavily contested semi-finals. Carrying the momentum of their most heated competition season to date, the world’s top slopestyle riders put on a show in the most creative Burton U·S·Open slopestyle course to date. Be sure to tune in live on BurtonUSOpen.com or watch in person tomorrow to see who will take home the title. Check out the recap for more info and results from yesterday’s action.

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Yesterday’s slopestyle semi-finals saw the world’s best chasing a spot in Friday’s finals.

It wouldn’t be a Burton U·S·Open without giveaways and entertainment, and this year is no exception. Be sure to stop by and visit our friends in the sponsor village for all sorts of good times and giveaways. We also have Après All Day locations throughout the village that are your headquarters for the full Burton U·S·Open experience. Pop in and give them a visit, you never know what you’ll find. Also going down today is a meet and greet with Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist Red Gerard at the Burton Store at Arrabelle over in Lionshead. He’ll be hanging out and signing autographs from 4:30-6:00pm.

Tonight, the Burton Concert Series rolls on with a double set of infectious grooves from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Solaris. Get your après on before the concert by heading to the Shakedown Bar, a short 5 minute walk from Solaris, with Dean Ween & Friends getting weird starting at 4:00pm. After the concert at Solaris, the party continues back at the Shakedown Bar with a must-see performance by the swamp-rockers known as the New Orleans Suspects.

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Dangermuffin lit up Solaris last night. Tonight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong plays a free double set.

Thursday March 8 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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4:00pm: Après All Day with Dean Ween & Friends, Shakedown Bar

4:30pm: Meet Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist Red Gerard, Burton Store at Arrabelle, Lionshead

6:00pm: Free Burton Concert Series with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (2 sets), Solaris Concert Stage

10:00pm: Late Night Live Music with New Orleans Suspects, 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 the 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.