Burton's Party in Your Park breaks the typical contest mold and splits competitors into three different teams: black, white and red. Teams compete to collect as many points as possible by doing tricks, feature challenges, and team challenges. Riders were also competing individually to take home the titles for Best Trick, Hardest Charging, Pint Size Ripper and a spot in the Party in Your Park Finals at Seven Springs.
This winter Mother Nature seems to have a vendetta against Vermont. All season the mountains have been stuck in a viscous weather pattern cycling between periods of below zero temperatures, followed by days of continuous rain. It has been one of those classic East Coast winters that leads some of the most diehard riders to reconsider what they are doing living on the ice coast.
Thankfully the day of Burton's Party In Your Park at Sugarbush, Mother Nature cut Vermont riders a break and decided to let it snow, making for some of the best conditions all winter. Flips, spins, slides, presses, handplants, and stalls were being thrown down left and right, all day long. Some highlights included the white team getting six riders to all boardslide the same rail at once, Keegan Hosefros and Nate Haust annihilating the down rail set up, and Zack Wilmot and Liam O'Neil effortlessly gapping to the down on the Windells down-flat-down. All the competitors were nothing but smiles at the post-contest barbeque and an impromptu dance circle formed as riders waited for the results.
The judges met, tallied up the points and at the end of the day, the white team just edged out the other teams for the win. Taking home the Pint Size Rippers awards were Keegan Hosefros and Zebadiah Cousins-Joyce who were killing it all day, even though they might be less than five feet tall. Jackson Krushnick took home the Best Style award with a massive shifty front three off the wall that MFM and Bradshaw would have approved of. The overall winner of the event, taking home the Hardest Charging award and a spot in the Party in Your Parks finals at Seven Springs was Charles Souchuns.
Special thanks to Sugarbush Parks for building and maintaining the course all day long. Also thanks to Burton Snowboards for masterminding such a unique and fun event. Look here to see if the next stop for the Party In Your Park series is in your area.