Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mark McMorris (CAN) took home the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle titles at the 35th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships on a creative course at Vail Mountain. The field of 10 men and five women absolutely raised the bar competing in a best of three-run finals format that resulted in a historical leap forward in slopestyle progression. Both of the winners earned $45,000 dollars and the Burton U.S. Open slopestyle title. Snowboarding just doesn’t get any better than today.
Anna Gasser pulled off a major shakeup in women’s slopestyle winning her first Burton U.S. Open title and putting down arguably the greatest women’s slopestyle run of all time. Gasser earned her top score of 83.85 on her second run. She rotated through the top rails with a Cab 270 on the first feature, followed by a Cab boardslide 270 out, she proceeded to send it deep over the first two hits with a massive Cab double underflip, into a backside 720 mute, following with a high speed boardslide over the rainbow rail, and finishing with a stomped frontside 720 melon on the final hit. Gasser previously took second place behind Jamie Anderson (USA) at the 2015 U.S. Open, then missed 2016 due to an injury, which makes this year’s Burton U.S. Open win even more meaningful. Gasser says, “It’s means so much because it’s one of my favorite contests and for sure one of the highlights of the season. It’s hard to believe with all of the girls riding so good that I could come out on top.” Five-time Burton U.S. Open slopestyle champ Jamie Anderson landed in second with a score of 81.55, followed by Spencer O’Brien (CAN) in third with a 75.65.
In men’s slopestyle, Mark McMorris sealed his place as the most dominant slopestyle rider, shutting down the field and setting progression on fire with his first run earning an unbeatable score of 86.95. McMorris said, “My main strategy today was to change my run up from what I normally do, and to spin all four different ways.” He did just that in his winning run starting off in the rail section with a switch backside 270 on, Cab 270 on 450 out, and into the jump section with a Cab 1260 mute, backside triple cork 1440 mute, a boardslide to 810 Indy out off the cannon box, ending with a massive switch backside triple cork 1620 melon—a trick he had never done before in slopestyle and which he hadn’t landed in practice going into the event. McMorris continued, “This means everything to me. I love this event – it was the start of my career and the first time I ever made a final in a pro event. This is my third win in Vail and I’m so amped—so amped to be healthy again snowboarding, and the fact that I’m doing well again is just the best feeling on Earth.” Michael Ciccarelli (CAN) landed in second with a score of 82.65, followed by Sven Thorgren (SWE) in third with an 81.85.
The Burton U.S. Open competition culminates tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th, with the halfpipe finals beginning at 11:00am MST on Vail’s Golden Peak.
Women’s Slopestyle Finals Results
1. Anna Gasser (AUT), BURTON, 83.85
2. Jamie Anderson (USA), OAKLEY, 81.55
3. Spencer O’Brien (CAN), NIKE, 75.65
4. Enni Rukajarvi (FIN), GIRO, 69.90
5. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN), BURTON, 66.60
Men’s Slopestyle Finals Results
1. Mark McMorris (CAN), BURTON, 86.95
2. Michael Ciccarelli (CAN), BURTON, 82.65
3. Sven Thorgren (SWE), OAKLEY, 81.85
4. Mons Roisland (NOR), DC, 79.35
5. Chris Corning (USA), MONSTER ENERGY, 79.20
6. Stale Sandbech (NOR), OAKLEY, 78.35
7. Redmond Gerard (USA), BURTON, 76.85
8. Sebastien Toutant (CAN), ONEILL, 76.55
9. Sebbe De Buck (BEL), MONSTER ENERGY, 45.90
10. Brandon Davis (USA), NEFF, 41.40
Additionally, Clif Bar awarded the CLIF ‘Raise the Bar’ Awards for the third year running. These awards reward creativity and style by spotlighting the most innovative slopestyle trick on any feature. Anna Gasser earned the women’s award for her Cab double underflip mute off the first jump. Sven Thorgren earned the men’s award with a 50-50 double back rodeo.