This dynamite spectator event draws 24,000 people a year to watch the world's top riders compete at Stratton's Sun Bowl Base Area. The first U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships took place in 1983. It's the final event in the series, and will decide the women's and men's 2008 championship title each worth $100,000 – the largest single payout in competitive snowboarding today. Go to for more information.