Weather cancels Burton US Open slopestyle, again
VAIL — Every year the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships seems to bring the weather with it.
For the third time in four years, a slopestyle event was canceled on Wednesday due to weather on the Golden Peak course.
In 2013, Vail’s first U.S. Open, powdery conditions prevented the women from attaining the speed necessary to make it off the course’s large jumps and onto the landings 50 to 70 feet away. The men were able to compete in finals that year, but for the women, the semifinal results became the official results in the 2013 women’s slopestyle championship.
Last year, the women were able to get their semifinal runs in before the weather rolled in and canceled the men’s semifinal competition. And this year, it appeared the opposite situation was going to transpire, as a snowy course greeted the women this morning before the sunny skies took over.
Not many were surprised to see the women’s event called off, but a few hours later, it seemed the blue sky conditions had cleared the air for a great afternoon of competition. When the winds picked up and the event was called off, the collective gasp of surprise and disappointment could be from heard from Beaver Creek to Breckenridge.
“I was really looking forward to watching it, but oh well,” said 15-year-old pro snowboarder Chloe Kim, who will compete in today’s halfpipe semi finals. “It’s safer to just wait till Friday.”
Friday’s slopestyle competition will be a straight final, where competitors will be given two chances to complete their best run on the course. The field of 16 women will compete for the U.S. Open slopestyle title from 9:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., and the rescheduled men’s slopestyle will run on Friday afternoon with the field of 32 men competing at 12:30 p.m.
Halfpipe action starts today at 10 a.m. with Chloe Kim and the women’s semifinal competition. Shaun White and the men are scheduled to drop into Vail’s 22-foot high, 600-foot long halfpipe starting at 12:30 p.m.
The event is free to spectators and can be enjoyed from the base of Golden Peak without ski gear. A sponsor village will greet visitors entering from Vail Valley Drive.