21st Annual Philips US Open Snowboarding Championships Less Than Three Weeks Away

Snowboarding's Most Anticipated Event Takes Over Stratton March 14-16 With Top

Riders, Live Broadcasts on Outdoor Life Network and a New Friday Night Rail

Jam Event

Feb 26, 2003, 00:00 ET from Burton Snowboards

    BURLINGTON, Vt., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The snow is piling up at Stratton
 Mountain. Terrain park crews are working on the Philips US Open Superpipe and
 Slopestyle courses. And the world's best snowboarders are making travel plans
 to Vermont. With less than a month to go before the Philips US Open
 Snowboarding Championships, everything is falling into place for
 snowboarding's most anticipated annual event.
     More than 30,000 spectators, fans and riders will migrate to Stratton on
 March 14-16 to see the world's best snowboarders go head to head for a piece
 of US Open glory and the event's $200,000 purse. Five of the six 2002 Olympic
 Halfpipe Medalists will be at the Philips US Open pushing their limits one
 year after snowboarding dominated the Games. To stoke the riders out even
 more, Philips will give the men's and women's halfpipe champions a Philips
 FLAT TV(R), and Jeep(R) will award a Wrangler Rubicon to the Most Outstanding
     This year, the Philips US Open will kick off with a new event - the Friday
 Night Rail Jam. With heavy input from some of snowboarding's top rail riders,
 Snow Park Technologies is designing custom-built features like a 30-stair
 handrail, ledges and other obstacles for the event. Jeremy Jones, Ryan Lougee,
 Dave Downing, Shaun White and others will be there to get the Open off to a
 solid start. Judged by riders, the invited list of contestants will compete
 for over $25,000 in prizes. SoBe's throwing down $5,000 for the rider with the
 best trick at the Jam.
     Created by snowboarders for snowboarders, the US Open is a favorite
 contest among the world's top riders because of the energy of the crowds, the
 rider-driven event formats and its deep roots in snowboarding history. "The US
 Open is my favorite event -- it's at my home mountain and it's the event I
 grew up watching," says Olympic Gold Medalist and Burton Global Team rider
 Ross Powers.
     Top riders like Shaun White, Jussi Oksanen, Danny Kass, Terje Haakonsen,
 JJ Thomas, Travis Rice, David Benedek, Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, Ross Powers
 and Keir Dillon will attend the event and give fans the chance to witness
 riding at its best. Live music, pro rider autograph sessions, sponsor booths
 with giveaways and activities, after-parties and the usual US Open mayhem will
 be in full force at this year's event.
     Stratton is where it's at in March. But if you can't make it there, you
 can still catch the action from your own couch. For the first time ever, live
 coverage of the Philips US Open finals will be broadcast on Outdoor Life
 Network (OLN) to millions of viewers nationwide.
     Check out OLN's anticipated airing times below.
      Philips US Open Preview Show       Philips US Open Rail Jam
      Thursday March 13th                Friday March 14th
      8:00 PM  - 9:00 PM LIVE            7:30 PM - 9:00 PM LIVE
      11:00 PM - 12:00 AM                10:00 PM - 11:30 PM
                                         1:30 AM - 3:00 AM (3/15/03)
      Philips US Open Superpipe          Philips US Open Slopestyle
      Saturday March 15th                Sunday March 16th
      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM LIVE             2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
      5:00 PM - 7:00 PM                  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      12:30 AM - 2:00 AM (3/16/03)       2:00 AM - 4:00 AM (3/17/03)
     For all the down and dirty details on the Philips US Open including
 schedules, competitor information, sponsors, event history and merchandise
 visit www.opensnowboarding.com.
     **For questions on how to get OLN, call your local cable or satellite
     The Philips US Open Snowboarding Championships is the pinnacle
 snowboarding event of the season. Founded by Jake Burton, the US Open has
 grown from a grassroots event to a global spectacle attracting tens of
 thousands of spectators and riders from the world over. Thanks to 2003
 sponsors Philips, Burton Snowboards, Stratton Mountain, Right Guard Xtreme
 Sport, Jeep, SoBe Beverages, FHM, GORE-TEX(R) and Clif Bar the event will be
 stronger than ever. The US Open is proud to be one of the first and only
 contests that rewards equal prize money to both men and women riders. Since
 the beginning, the Open has been driven by riders, for riders evolving with
 snowboarding and riders' needs over the years. With events held in Europe,
 Japan and the United States, the Open sets the standard for snowboarding
 events around the globe.
     For more information on the US Open, contact:
      Burton Snowboards: Leigh Ault (802) 651-0417
      Missy Farren & Associates, Ltd: Caroline Andrew (212) 528-1691

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