Keystone Resort to host 2015 Burton Mountain Festival this weekend
Burton Mountain Festival
Feb. 20-22 at Keystone Resort
Friday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free Burton gear demos
Age-3-and-up Burton Riglet terrain park
Party in Your Park, 11 a.m.
Apres party and live music, 4-6 p.m.
The 2015 Burton Mountain Festival will return to Keystone Resort this weekend, Feb. 20 to 22, for the final stop on its eight-resort tour.
As a part of the three-day event, Burton representatives will be on hand at the Mountain House base area with free demos of their 2015 lineup of boots, boards and bindings. Demo gear will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
“It’s a great event to come out and experience Keystone and see what Burton has to offer,” resort communications coordinator Russ Carlton said.
New this year, Burton will host its Party in Your Park competition in the resort’s Area 51 Terrain Park. In its second year at other festival sites, Party in Your Park is a team-based snowboarding event that will take place on features specifically designed for the contest.
“We cannot release the details at this time,” Keystone events manager Adam Kisiel said of the course, “but we did incorporate some nature and there will be something for every skill level rider.”
The competition will feature a jam session format with teams cycling through the course. Prizes will be awarded both to individuals and teams for categories like best style, top female rider, hardest charger and best team.
“The goal is that all riders walk away with something and feel like they participated in something legit,” Kisiel said.
Free to enter, the competition will be capped at 60 participants placed on three teams. Men, women and kids will ride together. The best individual riders will be invited to participate in the West Coast finals. The contest will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon in the terrain park. Registration will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Mountain House base area.
Throughout the weekend riders ages 3 and up will be able to try their skills or be introduced to snowboarding in the Keystone Burton Riglet beginner park in the base area. The park features mini-box ramps and rails geared toward young and beginning riders. Burton will have children’s gear available, including its retractable-leash snowboards for infant riders just starting out. Kids can use the Riglet Park for free from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the festival. Riglet lessons will be available through Keystone’s ski and ride school.
Adults can enjoy the apres ski party at Keystone’s Last Lift Bar from 4-6 p.m. featuring live music form The Swing Crew.
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