Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Return to Vail March 2-7, 2015
The world’s best snowboarders return to Vail Mountain to compete at Golden Peak for the title in Halfpipe and Slopestyle. The Open will feature Olympic medalists like Mark McMorris, Kelly Clark, Ayumu Hirano, Jamie Anderson and many more, all competing to make snowboard history.
As the longest running premier snowboarding event, the Burton U.S. Open Championships presented by MINI not only highlight the sport of snowboarding, but the event also provides FREE concerts, an epic interactive sponsor village and new this year, and the first annual U.S. Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink! For those who don’t know what Broomball is, it’s a winter sport played on the ice with two teams consisting of six players on each side (a goalie, two defensemen and three forwards). Similar to hockey and soccer, the object of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team. A player uses a stick with a molded broom-shaped head to maneuver a ball up and down the ice. Players don’t wear skates, but wear spongy-soled shoes to gain traction when running on the ice. I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a really fun spectator event!
Of course, the U.S. Open Championships have always featured some awesome FREE concert events. This year’s lineup will not disappoint.
Wednesday, March 4, the events begin with the US Open Kickoff Party featuring Pickin’ with Andy Thorn & Friends on the Solaris Concert Stage. Andy Thorn is a well-known Bluegrass artist and is best known for being a member of the Boulder-based band, Leftover Salmon. He’ll appear with several friends in an acoustic set that is sure to have you jammin’.
Friday, March 6 after the Slopestyle Awards, you’ll want to check out the Vermont-based DJ Cre8 who will get the crowd warmed up for headliners Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This LA-based group is known for their live shows at major music festivals including Coachella, Sasquatch and Bonnaroo.
On Saturday, March following the Halfpipe awards ceremony, the night kicks off with Moon Hooch, a saxophone and drum-based trio with a rock’n’roll theme. Girl Talk follows and is sure to deliver a dance party you won’t forget. Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk has found global fame my creating mashup hits which he launches from behind his laptop. His energetic stage presence has garnered him a large spectrum of fans.