The landmark 30th anniversary of the US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI officially kicks off this coming Monday, March 5th at Stratton, Vermont with non-stop action through March 11th. After three decades of making snowboarding history, the US Open has plenty to celebrate, and for 2012 this iconic event features the best line-up of competition, entertainment and activities ever presented.
So what’s on deck? First of all, the best halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarders in the world have confirmed that they’ll be at the 30th Burton US Open, including Shaun White, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Iouri Podladtchikov, Louie Vito, Mark McMorris, Danny Davis, Scotty Lago, Sebastian Toutant, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Enni Rukajarvi, Jamie Anderson and Gretchen Bleiler, to name a few.
Secondly, in honor of the 30th anniversary, the Burton US Open has stepped up its late-night entertainment to a whole new level. Headlining live acts include popular mash-up artist dream team, Super Mash Bros, performing Friday at the Burton x Mountain Dew Party. And Saturday night, hip-hop superstars Method Man (of Wu-Tang Clan) and Redman (of Def Squad) will perform at the ‘30th Love’ party, powered by Nokia.
And finally, everyone is welcome to attend the historic 30th anniversary of the US Open for FREE. There will be plenty of snowboarding action and a next-level sponsor village for the crowds to enjoy at Stratton Mountain for the entire week of the Open. And heading into the weekend, things really kick into high gear with slopestyle finals going down during the day on Friday, March 9th, followed by a retro-themed ‘slingshot’ race for legendary Open competitors called ‘The Washed Up Cup’ taking place on Friday night. On Saturday, the signature US Open halfpipe finals will go down, followed by an invitational ‘Night Jam’ being held under the lights on Saturday night.
There will be no shortage of world-class riding going down in Stratton next week. And backed up by a long list of live entertainment, sponsor activities in the village and special retro-themed celebrations, the 30th anniversary of the US Open is the must-attend snowboard event of the season.
If you can’t make it to Stratton to experience the 30th anniversary of the US Open in person, then there are two places to watch the semi-finals and finals live. For live webcasts, head to Redbull.tv. And to watch the men’s and women’s finals live on TV, tune in to Universal Sports on Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10. After the event is over, highlights of winning runs and full webcasts will also be available for on-demand viewing at www.redbull.com/snowboarding-live
For classic US Open photos, event highlights, quotes from the legends, and the boards beneath the riders, be sure to download the US Open History iPad App on iTunes.
Complete event details, including schedules and spectator info are at opensnowboarding.com.