The 2018 Burton U.S. Open Championships Start Today

One of our favorite weeks of snowboarding has finally arrived. Burton's 36th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships are going down at Vail Mountain March 5-10, showcasing snowboarding's top athletes, including 2018 Olympians Red Gerard, Mark McMorris, Anna Gasser, and more. If you can't make it, you can still see all the superpipe and slopestyle action online... but you might want to just make it.

2018 Burton U.S. Open Competition Schedule:
Tuesday, March 6th: Halfpipe Junior Jam
Wednesday, March 7th: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Semi-Finals
Thursday, March 8th: Men's and Women's Halfpipe Semi-Finals
Friday, March 9th: Men's and Women's Slopestyle Finals
Saturday, March 10th: Men's and Women's Halfpipe Finals

Shaun White at the Burton US Open in March 2017. p: Mark Clavin

The Burton U.S. Open features five nights of musical performances including Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, as well as events, demos, and activities for the entire family throughout the five-day event.

Starting off on Tuesday, March 6th with the celebrated Burton U.S. Open Junior Jam, watch a field of the top halfpipe groms aged 14 and under--16 boys and eight girls--battling it out in the 22-foot superpipe. These young riders will be competing for a $2,000 prize purse and the opportunity to compete alongside the pros in Thursday's halfpipe semi-finals.

The pro competition gets underway on Wednesday, March 7th with $343,000 on the line. First slopestyle semi-finals on the 7th, followed by halfpipe semi-finals on Thursday. It is the final major comp of the year, so get ready to see the riders huck like there is no tomorrow. Last year we saw Shaun White (USA) with a history-making run including a Cab double cork 1440 (his first in competition), as well as Chloe Kim (USA) successfully defending her title. Both have since won gold at the Olympics and are looking to defend their Open titles three years in a row!

Chloe Kim eyeing up her third title in as many years. p: Walsh

On the slopestyle side, Mark McMorris will have to battle it out with newly crowned Olympic gold medalist Red Gerard, as well as Anna Gasser looking to defend her gold from the Open last year.

You can download the Burton U.S. Open App for all the info, including the competition, event and programming schedule, rider bios, results and more. The app is available now through Google Playand the App Store. Also follow #BurtonUSOpen and catch all five days of action online with slopestyle and halfpipe finals airing live on Red Bull TV and locally in Colorado on TV8 and all other semi-finals and Junior Jam competition airing live onBurtonUSOpen.com. The finals competitions will also be broadcast nationally on FS2--check your local listings for Friday and Saturday airtimes.

A huge thanks to the 36th annual Burton U.S. Open sponsors including Burton, Toyota, Town of Vail, Pacifico, Clif Bar & Company, Paul Mitchell, G-Shock, Microsoft, Stoli, Rethink Water, Jack Daniels and Vail Mountain.

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