Tomorrow, one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships is set to kick off on the slopes of Colorado. For the first time in the event’s 31-year history Vail Mountain will host the competition, welcoming over 100 of the sports top athletes. The riders, who include the likes of Shaun White, Mark McMorris, and Kelly Clark will face off for four days of progressive Halfpipe and Slopestyle competitions with $340,000 in cash prizes.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this season, Vail Mountain debuted their brand new super pipe on Saturday, January 12, giving skiers and snowboarders ample time to test out the new feature. Needless to say, none were disappointed. Among the park’s vast 5,289 rideable acres, the new 22-foot tall, 600-foot long super pipe is considered by some to be the longest super pipe in North America. After pulling 20 hour shifts 11 straight days in a row, the meticulous work of Snow Park Technologies has paid off. The result is a masterfully crafted super pipe worthy of the world class athletes set to drop in.
Check out a video featuring their handy work below:
If you can’t make it out to Colorado to see the action in person, are plenty of options for fans to watch Shaun White and the rest of the pack compete in the US Open via Burton.com and Universal Sports Network. Below is a schedule of events and channels on which they can be viewed.
Where to Watch the 2013 Burton US Open:
Photos courtesy of Vail Mountian