Burton Snowboards announced that due to ongoing uncertainties around the Covid-19 pandemic, the company had canceled the 2021 Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships scheduled for March 1-6, 2021 at Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado. Burton’s chief executive, John Lacy, explained that it was a difficult decision as the next event was still many months away, but the potential health risk for all involved as well as a million-dollar investment that could eventually be lost were sufficient reasons to cancel the event already at this early stage. Burton has owned and run the U.S. Open since 1983, making it the world’s longest-running snowboard event. Donna Carpenter, Burton’s owner and chair of the board, said that it will definitely come back. “It’s the greatest event in the world,” she added.

Photo: 2020 Burton US Open in Vail, Colorado, USA © Daniel Milchev / Red Bull Content Pool