FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the Burton US Open Snowboard Championships presented by MINI?
March 2rd - 7th, 2015 (click here to view the full event schedule)

Is there a fee to attend the 2014 Burton US Open and its events?
All Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships events, including the Olympic Athlete Celebration, Solaris concerts and the Dobson closing party are free and open to the public. If you wish to access event viewing areas via Vail's chairlifts, lift tickets and skiing/riding equipment are required. For advance purchase lift ticket information and the best price guarantee, visit www.vail.com or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245). Complimentary tickets will be required to enter the US Open Closing Party at Dobson Arena on Saturday night; tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Vail's two Burton stores and the US Open Sponsor Village - Saturday (March 4-7).

Where will the competitions take place?
Golden Peak, Vail, Colorado
Click here for a map of Vail Mountain

What are the competition categories?
Men's/Women's Halfpipe
Men's/Women's Slopestyle
Each event will have practice, semi-final and finals rounds

What other activities will be happening in Vail as part of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships?
Free Concerts at Solaris in Vail Village
• Pickin' at the US Open Kickoff Party with Andy Thorn & Friends Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
• Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Friday, March 6 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm 
• Moon Hooch and Girl Talk Saturday, March 7 - 6:00pm - 9:30pm

US Open Broomball Tournament at Solaris Ice Rink 
• Wednesday, March 4 4:30pm - 7:00pm
• Thursday, March 5 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Burton US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena (21+)
• Artists - Grandtheft, DJ Maseo, Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Saturday, March 7 10:00pm - 1:30am

Sponsor Villages
• Golden Peak Wednesday, March 4 9:00am - 4:00pm Thursday - Saturday, March 5 - 7 9:00am - 5:00pm

Satellite Viewing Areas?
Solaris Plaza Wednesday - Saturday, March 4-7 9am-5pm
Larkspur Wednesday - Saturday, March 4-7 9am-5pm
Tavern on the Square Wednesday - Saturday, March 4-7 9am-5pm
Red Lion Wednesday - Saturday, March 4-7 9am-5pm
Garfinkles Wednesday - Saturday, March 4-7 9am-5pm

Riglet Park?
Located in the Vail Children's Center - Golden Peak
Wednesday - Thursday, March 4-5: 10am-12pm and 2-4pm
Friday - Saturday , March 6- 7: 10am-5pm

Where do I park?
For all Burton US Open Snowboarding Championship events, parking is available in the Vail Village, Lionshead or Solaris parking structures on South Frontage Road. Street parking is not permitted until all public parking facilities are completely full. Town of Vail and Eagle County offer extensive public transit systems. For additional parking and public transportation information, visit www.vailgov.com/parking.

There is no parking available at Golden Peak.

As a spectator, how can I best watch the Burton US Open competitions?
Half Pipe
Spectators may watch from the base of the half pipe and from the Half Pipe walls. These areas can be accessed by walking from the base of Golden Peak or by riding Chair #6 Riva Bahn halfway and skiing/riding down to the pipe (lift pass and proper equipment required for lift access). Note: Chair #12 Gopher Hill Lift does not allow access to the half pipe. Note that the path up to the Halfpipe is over snow and will be slippery. Be sure to wear proper footwear - i.e. boots and/or yak tracks.

Slopestyle Course
Spectators may view the slopestyle competitions from the base of the course at Golden Peak.

In addition to watching the events from the snow, live feeds of all competitions will be available at the Golden Peak base area, Solaris Plaza, as well as at Larkspur, Tavern on the Square, Red Lion, and Garfinkles. 

Will there be food and beverages available to purchase at Golden Peak?
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Slopestyle finish area, the base of the Half Pipe, at the Golden Peak Lodge and Larkspur. Food and beverage at the Half Pipe and Slopestyle base areas will be available on a cash-only basis. ATMs are available throughout Vail Village.

What can I expect to find at the Sponsor Village at Golden Peak and Solaris?
Golden Peak Area
The Sponsor Village at Golden Peak will be open from 9 am - 4 pm Wednesday, March 4 and from 9am - 5pm Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7. Guests can expect to find numerous interactive experiences from US Open partners including product sampling, demos, and giveaways. Also be sure to stop into the Burton pop up Store to shop for exclusive US Open Gear as well as all the latest year round gear from Burton.

The best way to get to the Sponsor Village is either the walking path from Vail Village to Golden Peak or to take the bus to Golden Peak and walk to the west side of the Golden Peak lodge.

Solaris Village
Be sure to swing by Solaris for some interactive experiences from US Open partners which will be active Wednesday - Saturday. Check out the all new US Open Broomball Tournament on Wednesday and Thursday night on the Solaris ice rink, the US Open Kickoff party on Wednesday night featuring Pickin' at the US Open with Andy Thorn & Friends, and of course the exciting free live concerts and athlete awards ceremonies on the Solaris main stage Friday and Saturday night.

What is the Riglet Park????
Riglet parks don't just change the game - they make it one.

The Burton Riglet program is a snowboard learning experience geared towards kids ages 3-6. A Riglet Park has the allure of a bouncy castle and is as safe as one too. Mellow rollers, small berms and ground level features allow young riders to feel the balance they need to ride-and they do it while they're riding. Two feet strapped in, being pulled through a zone set up just for them with safety, fun and learning in mind. From the kids to the instructors, everyone wins.

We will have a Free Riglet park located next to Golden Peak in the Children's Snow School building. Stop in with your child to experience everything they'll need to get started riding. We'll provide free demos of board, boots, and bindings designed specifically for the youngest kids, as well as Burton's specialized Riglet reel. Certified instructors will be on hand to teach kids the basics and get them having fun standing sideways. This program is free and open to the public and parents must stay with their children during the duration of their lesson. Sign ups will take place in the Childen's Snow School building.

Riglet Operating Hours:

Wednesday, March 4
10:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Thursday, March 5
10:00am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Friday, March 6
10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday, March 7
10:00am - 5:00pm

Is Golden Peak open for skiing and riding?
Golden Peak will remain open for public snowboarding and skiing during normal mountain operating hours. Guests can continue to access Vail Mountain's 5,289 acres of snowboarding and skiing terrain through the Golden Peak portal for the duration of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Vail's Golden Peak terrain park will continue to offer guests everything from beginner to advanced lines and features.

Is Vail's Ski/Snowboard School at Golden Peak open during the Burton US Open?
The Golden Peak Ski & Snowboard School will continue to offer its full range of private and group lessons during the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. This is a tremendous opportunity to let Vail's ski and snowboard pros teach you the skills you need to take your skiing and snowboarding to the next level.

What are the details for the headliner concerts?
Pickin' at the US Open with Andy Thorn & Friends - Solaris Plaza Wednesday, March 4: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Solaris Plaza Friday, March 6: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Moon Hooch and Girl Talk - Solaris Plaza Saturday, March 7: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Solaris concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. All ages are welcome.

The concerts will take place at Solaris, located at the crossroads of East Meadow Drive and Willow Bridge Road. As both concerts are completely outdoors, all attendees are encouraged to dress warmly and appropriate for the weather. The concert venue is standing room only - no seating is available. There is an ADA approved viewing area at the Solaris concert venue. For more details, please contact 970.476.6797.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concerts on a cash-only basis. There will be no ATM at the venue, but there are numerous ATMs throughout Vail Village.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enjoy alcoholic beverages. All persons planning to consume alcohol at the concerts will be carded, so please be sure to have your ID with you. Patrons without proper ID, no matter their age, will not be served alcoholic beverages.

Event promoters remind and encourage everyone to drink responsibly.

What are the details for the Burton US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena?
Artists: Grandtheft, DJ Maseo, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Dobson Arena Saturday, March 7 10:00pm - 1:30am

The Burton US Open Closing Party at Dobson Ice Arena is free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Complimentary tickets can be picked up, while they last, at either Burton store in Vail Village or Lionshead during normal business hours during event week, as well as at the Burton pop-up stores in Golden Peak.

The venue at Dobson Ice Arena offers standing room only on the main floor.

Coat check will be available. Event organizers are not responsible for lost items.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the show on a cash-only basis. ATMs will be available on-site.

This event is strictly 21+. All guests will be carded, so please be sure to have your ID with you. Patrons without proper ID, no matter their age, will not be allowed access.

Event promoters remind and encourage everyone to drink responsibly.

What am I allowed to bring into the competition venues, concerts and party at Dobson?
Please leave the following at home, as attendees will be denied entry should any attempt be made to bring them into event venues: large bags/backpacks, coolers, alcohol/drugs, bottles/glass containers, cans, dogs, chairs, weapons of any kind (including, but not limited to firearms and knives), laser pointers of any kind, signs attached to a stick or pole, recording devices, professional still cameras and video cameras. Please note that event management retains the right to make the final decision on prohibited items. Furthermore, specific concert or event security policies may create additions to the list above. All guests entering the venues are subject to search by metal detecting wands and/or pat downs. Additionally, all small bags and purses are subject to search at venue entrances. Attendees will see an increased security and police presence both inside and outside the concert venues.

How can I get more information on the event?
Visit www.burton.com/uso
Call Burton Rider Services at 1-800-881-3138
Stop into either of the two Burton stores in Vail

I am interested in volunteering for the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
Please contact:
Dylan DeGarmo
degarmodylan@gmail.com

I am a member of the media and I am interested in getting a press credential to cover the event.
A US Open media credential is your ticket for media-only access to competition areas, (a media cred doesn't give automatic access to parties) and resort chairlifts. To apply for a US Open media credential, please click here and complete the form. After you apply, you'll receive an email about the status of your credential within a few business days.

I am interested in becoming a sponsor of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
Please contact:
Nick Sargent
Nicksa@burton.com
802.660.3285

Where can I find more information about lodging during the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships?
Please visit the lodging section at Vail.com for more information on making reservations in town during the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. (http://www.vail.com/lodging-and-dining/lodging/lodging.aspx)

Who are the sponsors of the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships?
Burton - www.burton.com 
MINI - www.MINIUSA.com 
Vail Mountain - www.vail.com 
Mountain Dew - http://www.mountaindew.com/ 
Town Of Vail - www.vail.com 
Garmin - http://www.garmin.com/en-US 
Paul Mitchell - https://www.facebook.com/PaulMitchellSports 
3M™ Thinsulate™ - www.thinsulate.com 
G-Shock - www.gshock.com 
Pacifico - http://www.stateofpacifico.com 
Shiseido - www.shiseido.com 
Clif Bar - http://www.clifbar.com/ 
Anon - www.anonoptics.com 
World Snowboard Tour - www.worldsnowboardtour.com 
BurtonGirls - www.burtongirls.com 

Will I be able to find the Burton US Open on TV or on the web?
USO programming can be found live in the US on Fox Sports 2 and globally on Burton.com/USO. Also, check your local listings for USO highlight shows that will be airing around the world.

Webcast Schedule (here on burton.com)
Wednesday, March 4th (9:45am - 3:45pm MST) (11:45am - 5:45pm EST): Slopestyle Semi Finals (Live)
Thursday, March 5th (9:45am- 3:45pm MST) (11:45am - 5:45pm EST): Halfpipe Semi Finals (Live)
Friday, March 6th (11:15am - 4:30pm MST) (1:15pm - 6:30pm EST): Slopestyle Finals (Live)
Saturday, March 7th (11:15am - 4:30pm MST) (1:15pm - 6:30pm EST): Halfpipe Finals (Live)

FOX Sports 2 Broadcast Schedule
Friday, March 6th (11:30am - 12:30pm MST) (1:30pm - 2:30pm EST): Women's Slopestyle Finals (Live)
Friday, March 6th (2:00pm - 3:30pm MST) (4:00pm - 5:30pm EST): Men's Slopestyle Finals (Live)
Saturday, March 7th (2:00pm - 4:00pm MST) (4:00pm - 6:00pm EST): Men's Halfpipe Finals (Live)
Saturday, March 7th (4:00pm - 5:00pm MST) (6:00pm - 7:00pm EST): Women's Halfpipe Finals (Live)
*Women's Halfpipe Finals Broadcast Will Be Live Delayed*

US Open Recap Schedule
Sunday, March 15th
US Open Recap Show
Fox Sports 1
2:00pm - 3:00pm MST
4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Slopestyle Highlight Show
Fox Sports 2
6:00pm - 6:30pm MST
8:00pm - 8:30pm EST

Sunday, March 22nd
Halfpipe Highlight Show
Fox Sports 2
6:00pm - 6:30pm MST
8:00pm - 8:30pm EST
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