Vail, CO (March 4, 2015) —The 33rd Annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI kicked off today at Vail Mountain with women’s slopestyle semi-finals. Men’s slopestyle, originally scheduled to follow women’s, was unfortunately cancelled due to an incoming weather system that brought in strong winds and snow.
With fair weather kicking off the morning, 14 women dropped into the freshly groomed slopestyle course, which consisted of three creative rail features and three massive jumps. 2014 US Open slopestyle winner Jamie Anderson (USA) effortlessly landed in first place on her first qualifying run, starting with a half Cab to 50-50 backside 180 out, to a switch boardslide to regular, into a tailslide 270 out on the upper rail section. Anderson pulled a huge backside 180 off the first jump, into a Cab 540 Mute, finishing with a frontside 720 Mute earning a score of 84.90.
Anderson described the course as “super creative and flowy” and said, “I was really stoked on riding today and just having fun.
Cheryl Maas (NED) took second place on her solid second qualifying run, followed by Spencer O’Brien (CAN) in third. Today’s top six women move on to Friday’s women’s slopestyle finals starting at 8:50am MST.
With the men’s slopestyle semi-finals cancelled today due to weather, all 31 registered men’s slopestyle riders, including Mark McMorris (CAN), Stale Sandbech (NOR) and Maxence Parrot (CAN) will now compete in the rescheduled men’s semi-finals on Friday starting at 11:00am MST, with the live webcast on Burton.com/USO beginning at 10:40am MST. The best of two qualifying runs will determine which 10 riders will progress. Men’s slopestyle finals will start at 2:00pm MST to determine the 2015 US Open slopestyle champion.
Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Final Results:
1. Jamie Anderson (USA), OAKLEY 84.90
2. Cheryl Maas (NED), ROCKSTAR, 76.80
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), NIKE, 74.95
4. Anna Gasser (AUT), BURTON, 71.75
5. Sina Candrian (SUI), LAAX, 67.80
6. Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), BURTON, 61.20
Tonight, watch the first US Open Broomball Tournament at the Solaris Ice Rink from 4:30–7:00pm MST, followed by good times at the US Open Kickoff Party with Andy Thorn & Friends on the Solaris Concert Stage from 7:00–8:30pm MST.
Tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th, don’t miss day two of the Burton US Open with halfpipe semi-finals starting at 10:00am MST, with live coverage on Burton.com/USO. Attendees are invited to check out the Sponsor Village in Golden Peak to enjoy free product sampling, demos and giveaways as well as Après All Day events throughout Vail Village and much more!
Results and Photos
High res press images and VNR are available on the Burton FTP:
For additional details on all things US Open, including a full list of invited riders, concerts, product demos, and the history of the longest-running snowboard event in the world, head to www.Burton.com/USO. You’ll also find highlights of winning runs, full webcast replays, contest recaps and more. Follow and tweet along using #BurtonUSOpen.
A big thank you to the following partners for their support of the 33rd annual Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew, Town of Vail, Garmin, Paul Mitchell, 3M Thinsulate® Insulation®, G-Shock, Pacifico, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon., Analog and World Snowboard Tour.
About the Burton US Open
The world’s best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 2ND – 7TH to partake in the longest running, premier snowboarding event, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI. By day, experience world-class halfpipe and slopestyle competition, then at night keep the momentum high with FREE concerts, events and activities for all-ages. A big thanks to the following partners for their support of the 33RD edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Town of Vail, Garmin, Paul Mitchell, 3M Thinsulate® Insulation®, G-Shock, Pacifico, Shiseido, Clif Bar & Company, CHILL, anon., Analog and World Snowboard Tour.
MINI is involved in action sports around the world through cooperation and sponsoring activities. As a partner of trend-conscious sports, MINI supports young and creative sports people and, in so doing, promotes the development of their sport. MINI has been the official presenting partner for the Burton Global Event Series since 2011.
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.
Read the full 2015 Burton US Open Announces Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Finals Results article on Snowboarder Magazine.