What Happened At the U.S. Open in Vail

This past weekend Vail mountain in the heart of the Colorado Rockies hosted the 31st Burton U.S. Open. Now after 31 years of being in Vermont this was evidently a big deal as someone once threatened to sue my ass into oblivion for posting a photo a little early. Needless to say it was awesome of Nokia and Burton to partner up and decide to send me to this event to see if the hassle of being sued was worth it.

So after growing up hearing tales of debauchery and serious drunken shenanigans from my older brother I finally got to personally witness the Open first hand. Was it all it was hyped up to be? Here’s a look back at what happened.

The view from the Vail transfer center.

The view from the Vail transfer center.

So Wednesday and Thursday held the semi finals and these people got a little inverted, spun around, and some even went upside down twice.

Women’s Slopestyle Semi-Final Results:

1. Spencer O’Brien CAN, NIKE, 75.33
2. Jamie Anderson USA, BILLABONG, 74.88
3. Brooke Voigt CAN, 32 SNOWBOARD BOOTS, 70.08
4. Sarka Pancochova CZE, FLOW, 69.53
5. Christy Prior NZL, BURTON, 63.53
6. Shelly Gotlieb NZL, BURTON, 62.00

Men’s Slopestyle Semi-Final Results:

1. Torstein Horgmo NOR, DC SHOE CO USA, 87.93
2. Eric Willett USA, VANS, 84.26
3. Yuki Kadono JPN, RIDE, 83.88
4. Mark McMorris CAN, BURTON, 83.43
5. Chas Guldemond USA, ROCKSTAR, 81.25
6. Peetu Piiroinen FIN, NIKE, 80.63
7. Maxence Parrot CAN, O’NEILL, 80.28
8. Stale Sandbech NOR, OAKLEY, 80.03
9. Sage Kotsenburg USA, NIKE, 79.28
10. Ryan Stassel USA, BURTON, 77.23
11. Jamie Nicholls GBR, NIKE, 75.03
12. Darcy Sharpe CAN, MONSTER, 74.98

Women’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:

1. Kelly Clark USA, BURTON, 80.50
2. Arielle Gold USA, BURTON, 80.15
3. Queralt Castellet ESP, YONEX, 79.90
4. Kaitlyn Farrington USA, GNU, 77.80
5. Hannah Teter USA, BURTON, 74.78
6. Gretchen Bleiler USA, OAKLEY, 71.68

Men’s Halfpipe Semi-Final Results:

1. Scotty Lago USA, FLOW, 85.15
2. Shaun White USA, BURTON, 83.80
3. Peetu Piiroinen FIN, NIKE, 81.75
4. Louie Vito USA, RED BULL, 81.53
5. Stale Sandbech NOR, OAKLEY, 80.45
6. Spencer Shaw USA, UNDER ARMOUR, 79.78
7. Taylor Gold, USA, BURTON, 79.03
8. Ayumu Hirano JPN, BURTON, 78.65
9. Christian Haller SUI, BURTON, 78.63
10. Ryo Aono JPN, YONEX, 77.50
11. Benji Farrow USA, THE NORTH FACE, 77.28
12. Taku Hiraoka JPN, BURTON, 76.70

So that’s pretty much the excitement. Oh and of course the slight mix up in room booking that lead to Dave the owner of Agnarchy.com showing up in my condo at 2 a.m. with a room key slightly confused and less amused that he had to sleep on a prison cot in a loft.

Now on Friday during slopestyle finals the biggest decision anyone had to make was were you going to ride pow or sit around at the bottom of Golden Peaks and watch guys spin doubles to knuckles? Now seeing as Vail was kind enough to spend money on cloud seeding I opted to use the resource of the lightest snowfall of the year to my advantage.

Shot from a Nokia Windows phone. So fresh!

Shot from a Nokia Windows phone. So fresh!

Aspens not to be confused with that other mountain where the beer flows like wine.

Aspens not to be confused with that other mountain where the beer flows like wine.

The real high point was the fact that Vail once again under reported the snow totals at only 6 inches but it was easily 18 plus in most spots on the backside. So while Dave and I were slashing pow the finals for slopestyle were going down. Evidently the guys proved that they are all that is man, while the women decided to utilize their self preservation genes and forgo having to compete due to “adverse conditions”, yeah let me tell you when snow is falling at a rate of a few inches an hour it would suck to try and compete.

Here’s how the slope finals played out:

Men’s Slopestyle Final Results:

1. Mark McMorris CAN, BURTON, 83.05
2. Torstein Horgmo NOR, DC SHOE CO, 82.53
3. Chas Guldemond USA, ROCKSTAR, 81.63

Women’s Slopestyle Final Results:

1. Spencer O’Brien CAN, NIKE, 75.33
2. Jamie Anderson USA, BILLABONG, 74.88
3. Brooke Voigt CAN, 32 SNOWBOARD BOOTS, 70.08

Now we all know who the real winners were, it was anyone that got to there early and shredded pow! Best day of the year.

After a slightly inebriated night in the Vail village which consisted of a bunch of Chad-bro’s attempting to fight anyone that had someone of the fairer sex with them Saturday was reserved more as a make it to the mountain by noon kind of day.

The only way to watch finals.

The only way to watch finals.

Men’s Halfpipe Final Results:

1. Shaun White USA, BURTON, 95.58 – $45,000
2. Ayumu Hirano JPN, BURTON, 87.40 – $20,000
3. Louie Vito USA, RED BULL, 79.58 – $10,000

Women’s Halfpipe Final Results:

1. Kelly Clark USA, BURTON, 84.45 – $45,000
2. Hannah Teter USA, BURTON, 82.13 – $20,000
3. Arielle Gold USA, BURTON, 80.88 – $10,000

Saturday night was reserved for more VIP partying which only resulted in proving that the youth of tomorrow like robot sex noises and that Vails party scene can’t hold a candle to that of Breckenridge. So thanks to Nokia for allowing me to have the opportunity to ride some pow, get VIP treatment, and see about 10 minutes of a snowboarding contest.

3 Comments

  1. modulis says:

    It all sounds good!

  2. dirtydog says:

    sounds like a fun day of shredding. i would have done the same. btw stop sucking nokia’s dick

  3. ODV says:

    Yes only way to any comp on a couch where it is warm and food close by.

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