Dropping In: USO 2016

Burton Snowboards is stoked to announce that the 34th annual US Open Snowboarding Championships will once again return to Vail Mountain Resort from February 29th – March 5th for the world’s greatest snowboard event. As the premier event of the competitive snowboarding season, the legendary US Open gives riders the chance to take home a major title and add their name to the roster of illustrious past winners—plus spectators get to watch all the action for FREE. This year’s event is packed full of top-tier snowboarding, world-class entertainment, and fun free events, demos, and activities for the entire family. This year also marks the return of the celebrated Burton US Open Halfpipe Junior Jam. 

Danny Davis

The Burton US Open competition kicks off on Tuesday, March 1st with the return of the Junior Jam halfpipe event, featuring the best pipe-riding groms from around the world. Ten boys and five girls ages 14 and under, will compete in the 22-foot halfpipe to secure a part of the $2,000 prize purse and the last spot to compete alongside the pros in the Burton US Open semi-finals. Some of the best riders in the world have made a name for themselves at past Burton US Open Junior Jams including pros like Shaun White (USA), Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Chloe Kim (USA). Find out which up-and-comer writes their name into the history books this year.

Competition heats up throughout the week with the world’s top professional riders battling it out for a spot in the main event halfpipe and slopestyle finals. Spectators can expect to see the most progressive snowboarding of the year go down with the world’s top riders gunning for the $343,000 prize purse and the legendary US Open title. As the longest-running snowboard event in the world, the US Open is where history goes down. Last year saw the first-ever combination of back-to-back 1620s in slopestyle by Japan’s Yuki Kadono. Burton’s Mark McMorris (CAN) landed a first-ever 1440 combination (frontside triple cork 1440 mute into a backside triple cork 1440 mute), while Kelly Clark (USA) brought home her record eighth Burton US Open halfpipe title.

Mens Podium Slope 2015

In addition to world-class competition, the US Open is a great time for everyone from fans to families to get in on all of the snowboarding action. Burton will once again provide free board, boot and binding demos for riders to try out all of the newest 2016 equipment. Burton Girls will also be offering demos and a free Burton Girls Ride Day for the ladies. Kids ages 3-6 will be able to session the Riglet Park, where Burton will be offering free kids equipment, demos, and lessons.

The Burton US Open features a packed schedule off-hill as well in the Town of Vail with free live concerts from some of this year’s biggest headliners and breakthrough musical acts as well as après all day giveaways, contests, and food and drinks specials in participating bars and restaurants throughout Vail Village. Additional activities include the return of the US Open Broomball tournament, product sampling, demos and giveaways in the Sponsor village at Golden Peak, along with opportunities to meet the pros and much more! 

Solaris Stage

Stay tuned for more details on live bands, competing athletes, and the complete competition, event and programming schedule for the 2016 Burton US Open. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch all the action online via the live webcasts right here at BurtonUSOpen.com with additional TV broadcasts of slopestyle and halfpipe finals airing nationally on FS2 and locally in the Front Range on TV8. 

A big thank you to the following partners for their support of the 34th annual Burton US Open: Vail Mountain, Town of Vail, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Pacifico, Shiseido, Red Bull, Clif Bar & Company, anon., and Burton Girls.

2016 Burton US Open Competition Schedule:

Tuesday, March 1st: Halfpipe Junior Jam

Wednesday, March 2nd: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals

Thursday, March 3rd: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals

Friday, March 4th: Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle Finals

Saturday, March 5th: Men’s and Women’s Halfpipe Finals