Inside the Burton US Open

Mar. 1, 2013

shaun white vailShaun White’s snow slash during his last run/victory lap at the Burton US Open Men’s Halfpipe Finals

March 2, 2013

The men’s halfpipe Finals finished with Shaun White taking yet another 1st place title with a score of 95.58 – well ahead of his competition. 2nd place winner, the 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano, showed his prowess as perhaps the most exciting up-and-coming rider in the sport with a score of 87.40. Despite his small stature, he was getting incredible air out of the pipe and only faltered slightly at the end of an incredible last run when he hit the run-out of the pipe. Louis Vito, ever a crowd favorite, took the 3rd spot with a 79.58.

Women’s halfpipe ended with Kelly Clark taking a record 6th Burton US Open title with a score of 84.45. Hannah Tetertook 2nd with an 82.13 and the up and coming 16-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Arielle Gold, took 3rd with an 80.88. Congrats ladies!

Kelly Clark 6th Burton US Open titleKelly Clark wins her 6th Burton US Open title

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March 1, 2013

Torstein Horgmo at the Burton US Open in Vail, CO
Torstein Horgmo takes 2nd Place at the Slopestyle Finals

The snow just keeps on falling in Vail – great for the Back Bowls but not ideal for the Slopestyle. The men pushed through, albeit with some riders having issues getting enough speed to go into the first jump. That said, with this much accumulation officials have decided to cancel the Women’s Slopestyle Finals and let the scores from the Semi Finals stands. 

Men’s Results

1. Mark McMorris CAN 83.05
2. Torstein Horgmo NOR 82.53
3. Chas Guldemond USA 81.63

Vail Burton US OpenJamie Nicholls on the Slopestyle wall ride

Women’s Results (race cancelled due to heavy snow, scores taken from Semi Finals)

1. O´Brien Spencer CAN 75.33
2. Anderson Jamie USA 74.88
3. Voigt Brooke 32 CAN 70.08

February 28, 2013

Burton US Open Vail

4pm update: The men’s Halfpipe Semi Finals ended with incredible runs in both heats. Here are the 12 riders that will be moving forward to finals:

Heat 1

1. Scott, Lago USA 85.15
2. Stale Sandbech NOR 80.45
3. Taylor Gold USA 79.03
4. Ayumu Hirano JPN 78.65

Heat 2

1. Shaun White USA 83.8
2. Peetu Piiroinen FIN 81.75
3. Louie Vito USA 81.53
4. Spencer Shaw USA 79.78
5. Christian Haller SUI 78.63
6. Ryo Aono JPN 77.5
7. Benji Farrow USA 77.28
8. Taku Hiraoka JPN 76.7

Burton US Open Scotty Lago in the Halfpipe Semi-Finals. Photo by Andrew Taylor.

10:30am update: The Women’s Halfpipe Semi Finals just happened and the Men’s heats are coming up from 11:20pm – 12:40pm and 1:40pm – 3:00pm  with live feeds at Solaris and Arrabelle as well as online at More blue skies with a chance of snow today with plenty of fun stuff to do when you’re not watching the competitions including the Sponsor Village at Golden Peak and Solaris, little-rider learning opportunities at the Riglet Park at Solaris and Après at Vail Village Burton Store from 3-5pm.

Here are the results of the women’s Halfpipe Semi-Finals:

1. Kelly Clark USA 80.5
2. Arielle Gold USA 80.15
3. Queralt Castellet ESP 79.9
4. Kaitly Farrington USA 77.8
5. Hannah Teter USA 74.78
6. Gretchen Bleiler USA 71.68

February 27, 2013Burton Slopestyle

Slightly chilly temps and blue skies here today with a fresh 6″ having fallen in the 24 hour, 5am report. The Slopestyle Semi Finals are today with 21 women and 2 heats of 21 men competing for the 6 women’s and 12 men’s spots in the finals.

Women’s Results:

1. Spencer O´Brien 104 CAN 75.33
2. Jamie Anderson 148 USA 74.88
3. Brooke Voigt 160 CAN 70.08
4. Sarka Pancochova 43 CZE 69.53
5. Christy Prior 124 NZL 63.53
6. Shelly Gotlieb 123 NZL 62.0

Silvia Mittermüller Burton US Open

Silvia Mittermüller of Germany in the women’s slopestyle

Men’s Results – Top 3 men from each heat advance to Finals, plus the next 6 highest scores across both heats:
Heat 1

1. Horgmo Torstein CO USA NOR 87.93
2. McMorris Mark CAN 83.43
3. Parrot Maxence CAN 80.28
4. Sandbech Stale NOR 80.03
5. Stassel Ryan USA 77.23
6. Nicholls Jamie GBR 75.03
7. Sharpe Darcy CAN 74.98

Heat 2

1. Willett Eric USA 84.26
2. Kadono Yuki JPN 83.88
3. Guldemond Chas USA 81.25
4. Piiroinen Peetu FIN 80.63
5. Kotsenburg Sage USA 79.28

andrew_taylor_slopestyle_3Burton US Open

February 26, 2013
Day 2 of the Burton US Open and practice continues on the slopestyle and halfpipe courses in the midst of a light but steady snowfall. Vail Burton US Open

Burton US Open VailTorstein Horgmo on the Slopestyle wall ride


February 25, 2013
Day 1 of the Burton US Open got under way with bright blue skies and a day full of riders familiarizing themselves with the Golden Peak setup.Halfpipe US Open Golden Peak Vail Slopestyle USO