World Class Riding, Music and more at the 2018 Burton US Open

The 36th annual Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships are taking over Vail, Colorado, March 5-10! This is the final elite event of the snowboarding season, and the first competition following the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. The packed roster of riders includes over 50 Olympians competing at the top of their game in perfectly sculpted slopestyle and halfpipe venues. Run by riders, for riders, this is the World’s Greatest Snowboard Event.

The world-class competition is just the start. The Burton U·S·Open also features live music all week. The expanded Burton Concert Series includes FREE performances by some of the biggest main-stage touring bands, breakthrough musical acts, and renowned DJs on the Solaris Concert Stage, plus the addition of ticketed late-night shows with special guests at the Shakedown Bar in Vail Village.

Don't miss four nights of free concerts at the Solaris concert Stage, March 7-10th, 2018

As the longest-running event in competitive snowboarding, the legendary Burton U·S·Open gives riders the chance to take home a major title and add their name to the enviable roster of past winners, with spectators invited to take in all the excitement. You can expect plenty of action throughout all five days of competition kicking off on Tuesday, March 6th with the world’s best riders age 14-and-under competing in the Burton U·S·Open Junior Jam presented by Clif Bar. A field of 16 boys and eight girls will battle it out in the 22-foot superpipe competing for a piece of the $2,000 prize purse and the opportunity to compete alongside the pros in Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finals. Don’t miss this look into the future of snowboarding.

The pro competition gets underway on Wednesday, March 7th with your favorite riders competing in the slopestyle semi-finals, followed by halfpipe semi-finals on Thursday, for a chance at the main event and the $343,000 prize purse. Last year Shaun White (USA) decisively defended his U·S·Open halfpipe title with a history-making run including a Cab double cork 1440 (his first in competition), earning a 10-point lead. Likewise, Chloe Kim (USA) successfully defended her title, improving her score on each consecutive run with tricks including a massive frontside 1080 tail grab. This will be your best chance to see these 2018 Olympic gold medalists riding at their peak and right before your eyes.  

Chloe Kim USO17
Chloe Kim showing her signature amplitude in the 2017 Women's Halfpipe Finals.

And don’t miss slopestyle—last year Anna Gasser (AUT) won her first Burton U·S·Open title by putting down arguably the greatest women’s slopestyle run of all time, with heavy rail combos and massive airs that included a Cab double underflip. On the men’s side, Mark McMorris (CAN) dominated the jumps and rails with a run that featured spins all four ways including a huge switch backside triple cork 1620 melon—the first time he’d ever landed one in a slopestyle contest. Check out the full event schedule here.

Anna Gasser USO17Anna Gasser hitting the Red Bull feature in the middle of "the greatest Women's slopestyle run in history".

2018 marks the sixth year in a row that the Burton U·S·Open will be held at Vail Mountain where everyone is invited to get in on all of the action on and off the mountain. We’ll have FREE snowboard and binding demos for riders to try, including the revolutionary Step On™ system. Burton Girls will be hosting an awesome Ride Day for the ladies, with an après and DJ to follow. Kids ages 3-6 are invited to session the learn-to-ride Burton Riglet Park, with FREE Burton learning equipment and lessons to boot. 

Be sure to visit our friends in the Sponsor Village at Golden Peak for product sampling, demos, and giveaways! FREE stuff…it’s a Burton U·S·Open tradition! Off-hill you’ll find daily Après All Day food and drinks specials at participating bars and restaurants throughout Vail Village, as well as live broadcasts of the slopestyle and halfpipe events, plus more giveaways and contests. Get yourself some exclusive U·S·Open gear at the Burton Pop-Up Shop at Golden Peak and on, plus look out for opportunities to meet the pros at a bunch of events, including our favorite—the annual Chill fundraiser party. There is even the chance to take some runs with the Burton Team on Saturday. If all of that’s not enough, be sure to keep your energy up for the Closing Party on Saturday night at the Dobson Ice Arena where we’ll send it with all the friends we’ve made throughout the week.

There’s a whole lot more than what you read right here. Stay on top of all the happenings by downloading the official Burton U·S·Open app on Google Play and the App Store. We’ll see you out there!