The best snowboarders in the world hit the slopes at Stratton Mountain Resort's Sun Bowl March 15-21 for the 28th U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships.

The longest-running snowboard event on the planet is run on two venues: A 500-foot-long, 22-foot-high super pipe for pipe events, and a terrain park for slopestyle.

It's a great spectator event, with easy viewing alongside the super pipe ramp or trailside for slopestyle, and a base area that transforms into a sponsor village with free food and giveaways.

The USO is the final stop of the Burton Global Open Series, where the top three men and women in the series will be awarded serious cash. It's also the culminating stop on the men's TTR World Snowboard Tour, where the top male will be awarded the TTR world title and $50,000. Total prize money at the event is more than $500,000.

Registration, practice, and prequalifiers are Monday, March 15 through Thursday, March 18. Semi-finals and finals take place Friday, March 19 through Saturday, March 20. Boys and Girls Junior Jam Half Pipe competition is Sunday, March 21.

Spectators planning to park at the Sun Bowl Base Lodge should plan to arrive early to secure a close spot. Organizers suggest carpooling with at least three friends on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The first 50 people on Friday and Sunday, and the first 100 people on Saturday each will get a USO neck warmer. Look for one of the USO carpool crew decked out in the Yetis or Penguin costumes and score a raffle ticket. The first 100 people to carpool on Saturday who bring their raffle ticket to the USO Information Booth in the Sun Bowl will get a free U.S. Open beanie.

Stratton shuttles will be running each day from the resort's main parking lot and from auxiliary parking locations to the Sun Bowl base lodge.

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