For the first time Vail, Colorado hosted the World Snowboard Tour 6Star Burton US Open. On Friday the snow fell steadily all day and slowed down the course, the contest level however remained high. Mark McMorris (CAN) took the top spot in the Men’s Slopestyle finals. His winning run included among others a Double Backside Indy and a Frontside 1080 Mute. He was joined on the podium by Norwegian Torstein Horgmo in second and American Chas Guldemond in third. Unfortunately the weather conditions worsened after the men’s finals. The Women’s finals therefore had to be cancelled. The top three women from Slopestyle semi-finals podiumed, landing Spencer O’Brien (CAN) with top honours, Jamie Anderson (USA) in second place and Brooke Voigt (CAN) in third.
On the next day the weather cleared and the Halfpipe finals were run as planned. Shaun White (USA) earned himself his 5th Burton US Open Halfpipe title. His winning run featured tricks such as a Cab 1080 Double Cork Melon, a Frontside 540 Stalefish and a Backside 1260 Double McTwist Mute. He was followed by Japanese Ayumu Hirano, who again showed his unique style, and Louie Vito.
The women’s competition was equally impressive, with Kelly Clark taking home her 6th US Open Halfpipe win. She was followed by Hannah Teter and Arielle Gold. With this victory, Kelly made snowboarding history in so many ways: she now has the most Halfpipe titles in US Open history, she earned her third World Snowboard Tour title, and most impressively, she now can claim 61 Halfpipe wins – the most for any rider, male or female in snowboarding history.