burton_titleBURLINGTON, VT (January 7, 2010) – With less than a month to go, the countdown has begun for the Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships, taking place from February 2 – 7, 2010 at WinSport Canada’s Canada Olympic Park (COP) in Alberta, Canada. COP’s 22’ halfpipe is one of only three in Canada and was used as the model for the 2010 Olympic pipe at Cypress Mountain.

The third stop on the 2009/2010 Burton Global Open Series and a SWATCH TTR 5Star event, the Canadian Open will include slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, offering riders the chance to earn a piece of the $50,000 prize purse and gain valuable points towards Burton Global Open Series championship titles and the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Tour championship titles.
Competition will get underway on Tuesday, February 2 with men’s halfpipe pre-qualifications and qualifications, followed by the women’s halfpipe qualifiers. Wednesday, February 3 will see men’s slopestyle pre-qualifiers, followed by men’s and women’s slopestyle qualifiers on Thursday, February 4. All eyes will be on the slopestyle course on Friday, February 5 for men’s and women’s slopestyle semifinals.

The 22’ halfpipe will be the setting for Saturday’s men’s and women’s halfpipe semifinal and final competitions on February 6. The competition will wrap up on Sunday, February 7 with men’s and women’s slopestyle finals. Don’t miss your chance to see the Canadian National Team in action, featuring riders like Justin Lamoureaux, Brad Martin, Jeff Batchelor, Dustin Craven, Charles Reid, Sarah Conrad, Mercedes Nicoll, Charmaine Ironside and Palmer Taylor.

An overall male and female Burton Global Open Series Champion will be crowned at the final event, the US Open Snowboarding Championships held in Stratton, Vermont. The top three men and women will take home equal prize money, with first place winning $50,000, second place $30,000 and third place taking home $20,000.

The Burton Global Open Series is also part of the Swatch Ticket To Ride World Snowboard Tour (TTR), the largest group of independent freestyle snowboard events in the world. TTR ranks riders based on their results at participating competitions and crowns a TTR World Champion at the US Open. For more information on the Swatch TTR World Tour, visit www.ttrworldtour .com

If you’re coming to Calgary, please visit www.opensnowboarding.com for partner hotel information.

If you can’t make it to Canada, watch the semifinals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over. The 2010 Canadian Open halfpipe and slopestyle action can be seen on The Score on February 28 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Burton would like to thank WinSport Canada, Go211.com, Paul Mitchell, Amp Energy, Samsung, Travel Alberta, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Hotel Association, Alberta Lottery Fund, Snowboard Canada Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding Magazine and Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour for their support of the Canadian Open.

About the Burton Global Open Series
The Burton Global Open Series events are the pinnacle snowboarding events of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the Opens have grown from grassroots events to global spectacles attracting tens of thousands of spectators and riders from around the world. Since the beginning, the Opens have been driven by riders, for riders evolving with snowboarding and riders’ needs over the years. With events held in New Zealand, Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States, the Opens set the standard for snowboarding events around the globe. For more information, visit www.opensnowboarding.com.

About the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour
Founded by Terje Haakonsen and industry innovators in 2002, the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour is a non-profit, rider-driven organization with the mission to create the highest quality competitive snowboard environment in the world, using authenticity, accessibility and innovation as guiding principles. Since its foundation, the Swatch TTR Tour has been developing into the most respected snowboard tour worldwide featuring global grass root and key independent freestyle snowboarding events over a ten-month period from Southern to Northern Hemisphere locations. Events are rated via a 1-through-6Star system, with points allocated accordingly, a 6Star event holds the highest (1000 Swatch TTR points). Any rider participating in these events, from up-and-coming to professional talent, earns ranking points and a position on the Swatch TTR World Ranking List. The top male and female rider at the end of the season are crowned Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour Champion.

About GO211.com
GO211.com is the leading community and video site for action sports created for and by athletes and enthusiasts. It’s the place to go for behind-the-scenes videos, blogs, and photos from pro athletes and featured contributors along with other action sports fans. GO211.com is proud to offer a broad range of exclusive content submitted directly from the athletes and is proud to host interactive live webcasts of the top events in surf, skate, snow and BMX. The current GO211 Pro Team roster includes: Hannah Teter, Nate Yeomans, Torah Bright, Mikes Losness, Kelly Clark, Jack Mitrani, Andy Finch, Donny Robinson, Christian Hosoi, and Holly Beck, among others.

About WinSport Canada
For more than 21 years, WinSport Canada’s disciplined business focus has successfully built upon the foundation of the 1988 Olympic legacy assets. WinSport Canada has become Canada’s leader in developing and sustaining world-caliber winter sport training facilities. WinSport Canada owns and operates Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, the Bill Warren Training Centre in Canmore, the Beckie Scott High Performance Training Centre on Haig Glacier, Camp Green on Farnham Glacier and funds two-thirds of the operating costs of the Olympic Oval in Calgary. These facilities give Canadian high performance athletes the ability to become the best in the world and recreational athletes the chance to discover and develop in sport.. For more information about WinSport Canada, please visit www.WinSportCanada.ca.