Chill US Open

Burlington, VT, February 25, 2011:  The Chill Foundation announced today that they will be flying outstanding youth participants from their 14 North American cities to Vermont to attend the US Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain from February 10th-13th.  Participants were selected based on not only their progression in snowboarding, but also on their demonstrated commitment to Chill's values.  This will be the 12th year that Chill has provided this unique experience for kids served by Chill's program in North America.

Youth participants will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in snowboarding culture at one of the largest snowboarding competition in the world.  Activities will include watching the sport's best riders compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, and big air events, riding with Burton founders Jake and Donna, and a special recognition event with various Burton team riders and Stefan Lessard of Dave Mathews Band and Yukon Kornelius. Stefan and his "Secret Stash" of friends will also perform at a special benefit show with all of the proceeds going directly to the Chill Foundation.

June Heston, Executive Director for the Chill Foundation had the following to say about the event. "The U.S. Open gives these Chill participants the opportunity to see beyond their own community, and it is a way for them to really experience and believe that anything is possible." Many of the youth Chill serves have never been out of their cities let alone to a major event such as the U.S. Open.

For more information, contact Deane Calcagni at 802-651-0429 or via email at

About The Chill Foundation:

Jake and Donna, the founders of Burton Snowboards, started Chill in 1995 in Burlington, Vermont to bring snowboarding to youth who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. The program had such an immediate and profound impact that we have continued to expand into new cities, new board sports and new countries over the past 15 seasons. Since our inception, Chill has positively impacted over 16,500 underserved youth.

Learn more about The Chill Foundation at