Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships 2021

8:00am 01 Mar - 10:00pm 06 Mar, 2021

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Vail, Colorado, United States

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships Battle it out in Vail

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships have been canceled for 2021. See you in 2022!

The Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships will return to Vail Resort, Colorado on March 1 – 6, 2021. Regarded as the premier event in the competitive circuit, the US Open will showcase the latest innovations in riding from the top pros in both slopestyle and halfpipe

In addition, the next wave of riders rising to the peak will compete at the US Open Junior Halfpipe Jam for a chance to rip it with the pros.

Watch the best snowboarding take place during a six-day span that will leave you amazed.’

Your experience at the US Open Snowboarding Championships

You could attend this year’s Burton US Open and miss every minute of snowboarding. Yet it would be foolish since it is a front-row seat to absolute insanity, but there’s too much to do and you’ll never be twiddling thumbs. Along with the US Open, you can witness a stacked entertainment schedule with four nights of free concerts, daily food specials and various activities on the slopes, and in the village for all ages.

It is only sound to pair live-action sports with live music, ranging from jam bands to experimental artists pushing the boundaries of music genres. Vail hosts the best of West coast swampy bass licks to East coast hip-hop/electronic producer Gramatik, and everyone can get their fair share of music tastes’ satisfied for free. If you are torn between participating in activities or witnessing physics being defied before your eyes, the US Open will be available on demand and on the go.

All day apres will be taking over Vail with official bar and restaurant locations from the West to East ends of Vail. Delve into the full US Open experience with live streaming at these handpicked locations while you sip drink specials and crush hearty meals. Don’t get caught sleeping, each location will have giveaways, contests, and special events, unique to each restaurant.

Best views of the US Open Snowboarding Championships

The next US Open Snowboarding Championships is from March 1 – 6, 2021 at Golden Peak, Vail, Colorado. 

Watch the best halfpipe action from the base of the halfpipe and from the halfpipe walls and the slopestyle competitions from the base of the course at Golden Peak.

You can also watch the live feeds at the Golden Peak base area, Solaris Plaza, as well as at The Fitz, Garfinkel’s, and Pazzo’s. Burton US Open will broadcast the event live in case you can’t be there in person.

What to wear

The weather in Colorado is cold at this time of the year. Wear comfortable shoes for walking through the snow and crowds. All events take place outside. Most visitors wear ski or snowboard clothes to stay warm.

What to pack

Take warm clothes, sunnies and a good camera to capture the action unfold in front of you.

Buy tickets

The event is free and open to the public. However, lift tickets may be required. Tickets are needed in order to attend the closing party but complimentary tickets will be distributed by the main sponsor, Burton, on a first come, first serve basis in two Burton Stores in Vail.  

US Open Snowboarding Championships Event Schedule

There are three event categories in the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships namely, the slopestyle riders, halfpipe riders and entertainment riders, with men and women categories. The six-day event also features free music festivals, Dobson Ice party, and activities for kids like the Burton Girls Ride Days and the learn-to-ride Riglet park. Visit Vail in March 2021 to experience the world-class US Open Snowboarding event.   

Top Tips

Wear comfortable warm shoes: You will be walking across the snow and through the crowds to the event. 

Wear layers: The weather can be cold during the winter in Colorado. Be prepared for snowfall or sunshine. We recommend wearing layers. 

Drink water: The event is running all day. Drink water to avoid dehydration. 

History of the US Open Snowboarding Championships

The US Open Snowboarding Championships started off as the National Snowboarding Championships at Suicide Six in Vermont in 1982. That makes it the longest-running snowboarding contest. It started off small without any prizes and had a good vibe, it felt like almost a cultural gathering.

The event grew bigger over the years. 1988 saw the first US Open Halfpipe Event and in 2003 US Open Rail Jam has been added.

Today the event is one of the biggest snowboarding competitions with some of the best riding. Here are just some of the legends that took part over the years: Tom Sims, Craig Kelly, Terje Hakonsen, Travis Rice, Kelly Clark and Shaun White.

Things to do in Vail

There’s no shortage of adrenalin in Vail! Here are just some of the extra experiences you can sample in the area:

Cable car: Scenic gondola (cable car) ride across Vail Valley and to Epic Discovery.

Zipline: Zipline tours in Vail Mountain

Hit the slopes: Go skiing or snowboarding. Here is our guide for the resort.

More adventure: Coaster, tubing, snowmobiling, ski biking and ice skating in the Adventure Ridge in Vail Mountain

Come back in the summer: Head to Piney Lake in the summer for a canoeing or paddling adventure. Attending the US Open Snowboarding Championship is a fun event as it combines the snowboarding competition with family-friendly activities. Thanks to the event location, that has the facilities for all the extra adventure anyone could hope for.

What to eat in Vail

Larkspur (Golden Peak): Enter the cozy, contemporary setting that never fails to be spontaneous and delightful. New American cuisine, with weekly updated menus, is served with knowledgeable service and specialty cocktails. Soak in the winter sun on the patio for Apres happy hour with tremendous views of the Rockies. Kid-friendly and valet parking.

Garfinkel’s (Lionshead)

Head to the all American pub for a laid-back wraparound bar littered with craft brews and oversized burgers for a reasonable price. Located in Lionshead Village, you won’t be too far from the cheers at the US Open where stomps and mug slams merge.

Red Lion (Vail Village)

Fuse a bit of upscale American cuisine and nightlife at a vibrant spot to spice up the weekend. During the day, enjoy the indoor or outdoor bistro under the sun for an extensive selection of delicious meals and desserts. At night, the bistro transforms into an upbeat venue welcoming local and international artists.

Pazzo’s Pizza (Vail Village)

Pack in the carbs by the slice or fork-full, any way you do it, this local spot has been feeding some legendary bellies.

How to get there

By Plane

It is easy to get to Vail with 2 airports to choose from: Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport  (EGE) and Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver is the largest airport with many direct flights from US and international cities. Vail is the closest airport to the resort but may cost you a bit more for the convenience.

By Car

Vail is easy to get to by car but keep in mind the weather conditions. Take Interstate 70 and head for Vail at exit 176. Follow Vail Road until you get to the town.

Park your car at one of the recommended event car parks. Parking is available in the Vail Village, Lionshead, and Solaris parking structures on South Frontage Road. Public transport runs all day and night. There will be no possibility to park at the event location.

By Bus

Greyhound Buses connect many cities across the US and are your alternative in getting to Vail. There is a Greyhound location in Vail which makes the town easy to get to.

Alternatively you can arrange tailored rides with shuttle companies like Bustang.

Getting to the event

Public transport runs all day and night to get you to Golden Peak. 

Where to stay

After long days on the slopes and late mornings at the bar, take refuge in the mass collection of condos, hotels, and residential houses available for rent. Depending on the group you are traveling with, Vail has the ability to accommodate tired bodies and rejuvenate you for another day of endless adventures.

Lionshead Village

A convenient and cordial village is completely closed off to cars and buses, offering easy walking access to the Eagle Bahn Gondola and numerous destinations to shop or eat.


– Lift ticket & pass office, equipment rentals and ski storage
– Ski & Snowboard schools
– Ice Rink, Spas and world – class restaurants

Vail Village

Set in European Alps-style, cobblestone walkways lead you to outdoor fire pits, luxury boutiques and award-winning art galleries, exuding a unique charm. The heated streets make for an easy stroll up Bridge Street to Gondola One.


– Access to Gondola One with beginner, intermediate & advanced terrain
– Lift ticket & pass office, equipment rentals, and ski storage
– Walking distance to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Golden Peak

The eastern area of Vail Resorts offers a bit of privacy from the crowds without nixing easy access to shops and restaurants. To top it all, Golden Peak has easy mountain access via the Riva Bahn Express Lift along with a beginner learning area.


– Main access to Riva Bahn Express with terrain park access intermediate & advanced terrain
– Ski & Snowboard schools & Nordic Center
– Walking distance to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Additional Locations

Established as a premier, year-round mountain town, Vail boasts lodging options throughout the entire town. Beyond the mountain base areas, you will find residential areas that offer condos and residential rentals for a whole family. Vail’s notorious free in-town bus service will give you convenient access to the mountain from East Vail, Golf Course, Sandstone, and West Vail.

For the best hotel rates and Airbnb’s in Vail head to the map here.

How to get around

The Town of Vail Transit provides bus services for free all year round. There are also shuttles and taxis around the area.

The US Open Snowboarding Championships is the oldest snowboarding competition and one of the greatest snow festivals around with music, food and drinks and of course snowboarding. Did you fall in love with the snow? Check out X Games Aspen in Colorado and Winter Games in New Zealand.

Photo credits: Burton, World Snowboarding, Red Bull, Vail

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