Once again the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships arrives at [R430R, Stratton] for one of the great on-snow spectacles of New England.

The spectator-friendly event is held in the Sun Bowl, with excellent terrain for competitors and great visibility for viewers to see most events.

The USO is the final stop of the Burton Global Open Series, where the top male and female in the series will be awarded $100,000 each.

It also is the culminating stop on the men's TTR World Snowboard Tour and the top male will be awarded the TTR world title.

New this season: All competitors who are 13 years of age or under at the time of competition must wear a helmet.

Because of the large number of spectators that come to the U.S. Open, carpooling is highly encouraged. In addition, the Stratton shuttles will be running each day from Stratton's main parking lot and from auxiliary parking locations to the Sun Bowl Base Lodge. For those who must park at the Sun Bowl Base Lodge, arrive early to secure a spot and to avoid traffic congestion.

Registration Halfpipe practice are Monday March 16; Men's Halfpipe Prequalifiers and Women's Slopestyle practice are Tuesday March 17; Men's Slopestyle Prequalifiers and Men's and Women's Halfpipe practice are Wednesday March 18; Women's Halfpipe Qualifiers, Men's and Women's Halfpipe and Slopestyle practice, and Junior Jam Halfpipe practice are Thursday March 19; Men's and Women's Slopestyle Qualifiers, Men's, Women's and Junior Jam Halfpipe practice, and all Men's and Women's Quarterpipe events are Friday March 20; Men's and Women's Halfpipe semi-finals and finals, and Men's and Women's Slopestyle practice are Saturday March 21; Men's and Women's Slopestyle semis and finals, and Girl's and Boy's Junior Jam events are Sunday March 22.