A FIRST-TIMER’S GUIDE TO THE BURTON U∙S∙OPEN


Open your mind to this—you, your friends and family, and the best riders on earth landing in Vail, Colorado, February 24-29, 2020, for the Burton U·S·Open Snowboarding Championships.

Get ready as we count down the days to the world’s greatest snowboard event. More than just mind-blowing slopestyle and halfpipe competition—the Burton U·S·Open brings you free nightly concerts, parties, giveaways, and good times for all ages, on and off the mountain. To help guide you to the best experience possible, read on as we answer some of the most common questions about attending the event.

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Is there a fee to attend the 2020 Burton U·S·Open and its events?

All events, including competition viewing at Vail’s Golden Peak, the concerts at Solaris in Vail Village, the U·S·Open Closing Party at the Dobson Ice Arena, and the sponsor village at Golden Peak are FREE and open to the public. The halfpipe and slopestyle competition venues are accessible with a short walk from the Golden Peak base area. Be sure to wear proper footwear – i.e. boots and/or traction devices.

If you want to ride, a lift ticket is required. For advance purchase lift ticket info and the guaranteed best price, visit Vail Resort's website or call (970) 754-8245.

What are the Burton U·S·Open competition categories?

Competition goes down at Vail’s Golden Peak and kicks off Tuesday, February 25, with the legendary Junior Jam halfpipe presented by Clif Bar. Watch as the world’s best girls and boys ages 14 and under compete for a spot with the pros in Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finals. Slopestyle kicks off on Wednesday with riders competing on a series of metal rail features and massive jumps to qualify for a spot in Friday’s finals. Thursday’s halfpipe semi-finalists will battle it out at Saturday’s finals in a completely reimagined course design that combines a crazy looking 13-foot minipipe with a standard 22-foot halfpipe. Check out the full event schedule.

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What other activities will be happening in Vail as part of the Burton U·S·Open?

The Burton U·S·Open offers a packed entertainment schedule day and night all week at Golden Peak and throughout Vail Village. Activities include four nights of free concerts, daily après specials, giveaways in the sponsor village, athlete meet and greets, and the legendary Burton U·S·Open closing party. Plenty of action for the little ones, too, including a Riglet park that’s fun, easy, and free for kids ages 3-6 to get their first taste of snowboarding.

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Will there be food and beverages available to purchase at the competition and concert venues?

Of course! The competition venues at Golden Peak will have food and beverages available for purchase at the slopestyle finish area (cash-only), the base of the halfpipe (cash-only), Golden Peak Lodge, and Larkspur. You won’t go hungry or thirsty at the concerts or closing party, either. Both venues will have food and beverages available on a cash-only basis. We’ll be high in the mountains, so stay hydrated. And if you do drink, do it responsibly.

How can I try the latest Burton snowboard gear while I am at the U·S·Open?

As part of the free on-snow activities, you will have a chance to ride the future with Winter 2021 snowboards and bindings available for demo, including the revolutionary Step On® line. Just look for the big Burton tent in the sponsor village at Golden Peak. We also have two retail locations—Burton Vail Village and Burton Arrabelle—where you can rent boards, boots, and bindings.

What about event parking?

All Burton U·S·Open event parking is available in the Vail Village, Lionshead, and Solaris parking structures on South Frontage Road. Street parking is not permitted until all public parking facilities are completely full. There’s no parking available at Golden Peak. For the best experience, check out the Town of Vail and Eagle County’s extensive public transit systems. It’s considered one of the largest free transportation systems in the country. For more info, click here.

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Don’t want to drive to Vail?

We like how you think. So, let Bustang do the driving while you kick back and relax. Bustang offers service from all over Colorado to Vail for the Burton U·S·Open. Easy drop-off at the Vail Transportation Center gives you access to all Burton U·S·Open events. No parking fees, no hotel costs, no gas money, no winter driving, no worries. Head over to Bustang for more info on routes, schedules, and tickets.

Still have questions?

No problem, we’re here to help. Call the Burton Guides team at 1-800-881-3138, email us at info@burton.com, or bathe your brain cells in the complete Burton U·S·Open FAQ page.

For the latest event info, download the Burton U·S·Open app on Google Play and the App Store. You can also watch the competition, including the halfpipe and slopestyle semi-finals and finals, airing live and on-demand on BurtonUSOpen.com, with complete halfpipe and slopestyle finals coverage at redbull.tv.