GET READY FOR A PROGRESSIVE NEW FUTURE AT THE 2020 BURTON U·S·OPEN

Open your mind to this—you, your friends, and the best riders on earth landing in Vail, Colorado, February 24 to February 29, 2020, for the 38th annual Burton U·S·Open.

Be part of history at the world’s longest-running snowboard event as you watch your favorite riders compete for the $373,000 USD prize purse in slopestyle and halfpipe. More than just world-class snowboarding—get ready for free nightly concerts, parties, giveaways, and good times for all ages—on and off the mountain.

It’s all going to be awesome and we’ll share more details with you soon, but in the meantime, what we’re really excited to share with you is this sneak peek at the new course designs for slopestyle and especially halfpipe. Keep reading until the end because you’re not going to want to miss this!

When we say the U·S·Open is for riders, by riders, we mean it. Creative and expressive freedom have defined the event since day one and direct rider input is what sets this contest apart. For 2020, we looked to the future with a fresh set of eyes and went back to the drawing board based on competitor feedback. The new slopestyle and halfpipe course designs will define the next chapter of the world’s greatest snowboard event and you can witness it all go down in person at Vail (or by tuning into the livestream at BurtonUSOpen.com).

SLOPESTYLE COURSE DESIGN

Overall, we took rider feedback and tried to incorporate as many tweaks to the slopestyle course as possible. Kicking things off, we have a series of straightforward, urban-style rails that will provide plenty of options for gaps, transfers, and whatever else the competitors can cook up.

Feature One: Urban Rails
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Feature Two: Urban Rails and Wall Ride20W-USOAnnouncement-BurtonUSOpen-Feature2.jpg

Transition jumps are back again for another year, with a few key changes to give competitors more speed and flow than the average human can handle. The jumps are angled so riders won’t have to carve wide on the in-run, the knuckles are elevated to create a more step-over feel, and the landings will be steeper to reduce impact. The landings will also be adjusted to naturally catch riders and provide more space in case of drift.

Feature Three: 13-Foot Radius Transition Jump20W-USOAnnouncement-BurtonUSOpen-Feature3.jpg

Feature Four: 22-Foot Radius Transition Jump

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Big, fast rails with plenty of hangtime and a traditional booter remain as a key course element to see just how far snowboarding has progressed.

Feature Five: High-Speed Rails20W-USOAnnouncement-BurtonUSOpen-Feature5.jpg

Feature Six: Traditional BooterFeature 6.jpg

HALFPIPE COURSE DESIGN

Shaking things up in a big way for 2020, we completely reimagined the U·S·Open halfpipe before running it by some trusted members of the competitive circuit. It starts with a 13-foot minipipe, featuring 6-foot tombstones, that transitions into a standard 22-footer. Competitors will get about three hits in the first section and three to four more hits in the second section depending on their line. Rollers on the left and right sides where the mini and full-size pipes meet will allow riders to catch air as they transition between sections. Creativity, style, and skill are what it will take to rise to the top and rule this new chapter in U·S·Open halfpipe history. Feast your eyes on this…

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JUDGING CRITERIA

Any new competition format needs clear rules to judge it by, so a select group of competition staff, judges, and riders have been working on a new breakdown for the scoring system in 2020. As we get closer to the event, we’ll share the judging criteria updates with you on BurtonUSOpen.com.

Stay tuned for updates on who will be competing, concert and competition schedules, live broadcasts, and more. Better yet, simply download the official Burton U·S·Open app on Google Play and the App Store. Drop in and let’s do this!