BURLINGTON, VT (February 5, 2014) Today, Burton Snowboards is excited to announce that the 32nd annual US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI will once again bring world-class snowboarding and entertainment to Vail Mountain Resort. Taking place from March 3rd – 8th, this year’s entertainment line-up is jam-packed with a variety of live music acts and free, all-day après events fit for the whole family.
Kicking off the evening concerts, Big Gigantic, an instrumental live electronic, hip hop and jazz group based in Boulder, Colorado, will perform a FREE concert on Friday, March 7th at the Solaris Concert Stage in Vail following slopestyle finals. Known for their lively sets and magnetic visual light shows, Colorado's favorite live act is sure to set a high-energy tone for the US Open as it moves into the weekend. For a first taste before seeing them live, check out their new album launching this month titled, "The Night is Young".
On Saturday, March 8th, exploding musical act, Capital Cities, will take center stage at Solaris for a FREE show after the US Open's legendary halfpipe finals. The indie pop band made it big after last year's release of their hit single, "Safe and Sound", and they bring good vibes and positivity wherever they perform. After the Capital Cities show, the party will move to Vail's Dobson Ice Arena for the annual US Open Closing Party with a surprise lineup of top artists.
And those are just the nighttime activities. At this year's US Open, the fun will continue through the day with the Après All Day Lounge at the Solaris Ice Rink from Wednesday through Saturday. Open and free to the public, the rink will be transformed into an all-day, open-air après lounge and will be the central hub for guests to hang out, get cozy, access free Wi-Fi, charge their phones and watch the competition on screens placed throughout the area. Presenting partner MINI will also be onsite offering MINI test drives and passing out giveaways. The café within the lounge will feature drink specials from US Open partners Pacifico and Mountain Dew, and live DJ's will spin in between the live competition feed. In addition to all this, Après All Day satellite hubs will be located throughout the resort at favorite Vail spots like Larkspur, Garfinkels, Red Lion and Tavern on the Square. Each location will host live competition feeds, drink specials, guest rider appearances and promo giveaways.
Finally, there's plenty of entertainment for the whole family as a special Burton Riglet Park will be set up in the Lionshead base area to offer a Learn to Ride experience for kids 3 to 6 years of age, complete with coaches and gear provided free of charge.
For more details on the Burton US Open concerts & events, check out the schedule below:
Wednesday, March 5th – Saturday 8th
Après All Day Lounge at Solaris Ice Rink
Burton Riglet Park Kids Learn To Snowboard Experience at Lionshead
Friday, March 7th
Solaris Concert Stage & Gore Creek Drive (secondary venue)
6:00pm – 9:30pm – Slopestyle Awards Ceremony & Big Gigantic
Saturday, March 8th
Solaris Concert Stage & Gore Creek Drive (secondary venue)
6:00pm – 9:30pm – Halfpipe Awards Ceremony & Capital Cities
Dobson Ice Arena
US Open Closing Party
10:00pm – 1:30am – Artists to be announced
All events are free, family-friendly and open to the public. Please note that the Solaris concert venue has an attendance capacity so be sure to arrive early to guarantee your spot. To accommodate the anticipated overflow, attendees should be prepared to be routed to a secondary viewing venue on Gore Creek Drive or be turned away if capacity is reached in both locations. The USO Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena also has limited capacity. For more information on the 2014 Burton US Open and a full list of competitors, follow #BurtonUSOpen and head to www.Burton.com/USO.
About the Burton US Open
The world's best snowboarders will come together in Vail, Colorado from March 3rd – 8th 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 32nd edition of the Burton US Open: MINI, Vail Mountain, Mountain Dew®, Town of Vail, Paul Mitchell, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, Garmin, G-SHOCK, Pacifico, Bear Naked, Chipotle, Shiseido, CHILL, anon, Analog and the 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.
Welcome to Vail! The new home of the Burton US Open in 2013 and beyond, Olympic Alpine Champion Lindsey Vonn, and the Legendary Back Bowls, Vail is universally held as North America's top ski resort.
The 2012-2013 season marked Vail's 50th anniversary. Since its auspicious founding in 1962, Vail has grown to become an extraordinary year round world-class destination. The premier resort brand in North America and arguably the world, Vail attracts a diverse guest base who are cosmopolitan, adventurous and active. They come to Vail from the major metropolitan centers of North America and from around the world. Vail's diverse guests are bound together by a shared purpose: a desire for a resort experience characterized by a sense of adventure, a sense of expansiveness, and a certain edginess underscored by a rich and dynamic experience both on and off the mountain.
Matching the incredible mountain experience, – Vail year-round is characterized by a rich culinary scene, summer season events from adventure sports to classical music and jazz, family activities and everything in-between.
Vail also offers world-class lodging from the high end luxury hotels to practical condominiums and vacation rentals. On the culinary front, the same world-class offerings abound. From five courses to five-minute bites, Vail has a bounty of options and flavors. Other alternatives include cozy pubs, family-friendly eateries and everything else across the culinary spectrum.
Welcome to Vail! For more information please visit www.vail.com.