The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships returns to Vail next week (February 24 to 29), bringing with it a week of exciting events both on the snow and off, including free concerts, après ski specials and athlete meet and greets. Here’s your guide to what to see and do throughout the week.
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Check out the competition
The Burton U.S. Open brings some of the world’s best snowboarders to town, including legends like Jamie Anderson, Red Gerard and Mark McMorris, so checking out the slopestyle and halfpipe events in Vail’s Golden Peak is a must. The finals for both events are on Friday, February 28 (slopestyle) and Saturday, February 29 (halfpipe); if you plan to check them out, get there early since both events tend to draw big crowds. Visit the U.S. Open website for a complete schedule of events.
Go to a free concert
Locals look forward to the free concert series that accompanies the Burton U.S. Open as much as the snowboarding competition itself. Starting on Wednesday, February 26, there’s a free concert every night at the Solaris Concert Stage in Vail. The shows start at 6 p.m. (note that Thursday’s show starts at 6:30 p.m.). This year’s lineup features Big Freedia and Arrested Development on Friday, February 28 and EVAN GIIA and Big Wild on Saturday, February 29. Check out the complete lineup of artists here.
Enjoy the nightlife
Vail Village’s nightlife scene is even livelier than usual during a week-long event like the U.S. Open. If you want to keep dancing after the concert ends on Friday or Saturday night, head to bōl, located right by the Solaris concert area, for their Burton U.S. Open After Party. Each night features a live DJ from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.
If you’re looking for a more unique experience, check out Vail Valley Silent Disco’s and Mountain Art Collective’s Shut the Funk Up Silent Disco on Friday night at 9 p.m. at the Mountain Art Collective (1310 Westhaven Drive, Vail). Tickets are $25. Learn more here.