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Seven Springs To Deer Valley: Major Competitions This Weekend
The new Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Qualifiers will take place during a U.S. Revolution Tour stop at the Pennsylvania resort Feb. 1-3. The event represents the new wrinkle that brings the best snowboarders to Pennsylvania on their way the new home of the U.S. Open in Vail, Colo. later this spring. The Open is moving from its long time home at Stratton Mt., Vt.
The top five women and top 10 men in each discipline at Seven Springs will earn the chance to move on to the semi-finals and potentially the championship rounds at Vail Feb. 25-March 2. Top scoring riders at the qualifiers will earn a piece of a $20,000 purse, 4Star World Snowboard Tour points and U.S. Revolution Tour points.
The format will feature 70 men and 30 women competing in slopestyle Saturday and in halfpipe Sunday. Registration is now closed. Other activities at Seven Springs surrounding the competition include the Burton Mountain Festival with product demos, live music, sponsor giveaways, a rail jam, and a traveling terrain park for the smallest snowboarders.
"Hosting the U.S. Open Snowboarding Qualifiers presents an opportunity for Seven Springs to showcase our mountain, our region, our team, and our dedication to the growth and development of snowboarding," said Seven Springs Mountain Manager Joel Rerko.
Heading west, the Visa Freestyle International Ski World Cup returns to Deer Valley, Utah for the 11th time, starring the world’s best aerial and mogul skiers. Disciplines include moguls, dual moguls, and aerials.
Men’s and Women’s moguls are set for Champion run Thursday, Jan. 31 and Sat. Feb. 2. The aerials are held on White Owl run Friday. All finals are held under the lights in the evening with fireworks finishing things off each night. The entire event will be filmed and broadcast on NBC the following weekend.
The World Cup kicks off with a free concert by Cold War Kids on Lower Main Street in Park City Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks. Freestyle Feast VIP tickets are available for those seeking an “enhanced experience” at $100.
Top mogul athletes set to compete include World and Olympic champion Hannah Kearney, bronze medalist Bryon Wilson and 2009 World Champion Pat Deneen. Top aerialists include World Cup podium finisher Dylan Ferguson and Olympian Emily Cook.
Also on tap this weekend: Park City Mountain Resort, a snowball’s toss away, hosts the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Ski and Snowboard Halfpipe competitions in its Eagle Superpipe.
Photo: Seven Springs readies for pipe events (Seven Springs);