VAIL - Burton Snowboards and Vail Mountain officially announced today that the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is moving to Vail starting in 2013. The 31st edition of the US Open will take place at Vail's Golden Peak from Feb. 25 - March 2, 2013.
To commemorate this news, key members of the snowboard community gathered in Vail last week to get a first look at the venue, including the proposed 22-foot halfpipe location at Golden Peak, and hear from Burton and Vail representatives about the vision and evolution for the event moving forward. Burton pro riders Kelly Clark and Mark McMorris were among the group in Vail.
"The US Open is one of my favorite events by far, and I couldn't be more excited about its next evolution," stated five-time US Open halfpipe champ and three-time Olympian Kelly Clark of West Dover, Vt. "Burton has always been about progressing the sport and doing what's best for snowboarders, and I truly believe that this move to Vail will make the Open even better for the riders and the thousands of fans who come out to watch."
The Burton US Open, which first took place in 1982, is now the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world. And like the sport itself, the event has morphed and changed over the past three decades - changes that not only included moving mountain locations from Suicide Six to Snow Valley to Stratton, but also changes that addressed the level of snowboarding and needs of the riders each year. Burton Founder and CEO Jake Burton has played a vital role at every step of the US Open's history.