It's official, the 2021 Burton U.S. Open has been canceled. Katie Lozancich photo.
For the first time in 38 years, the Burton U.S. open (BUSO) will not be held next winter due to growing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As the longest-running and most historic event in snowboarding, the 2021 cancellation is tough news to hear. While the decision was a difficult one for Burton to make, the brand couldn’t justify the risk given the current health standpoint. The BUSO is much more than just a competition. For both the company and the riders it’s long been viewed as a family reunion.
Next year, the reunion will just look a little different, taking shape at resort parking lots, on chairlifts, or on the skin track instead of at Vail, Colorado. Despite the lapse, Burton assures the event will be back in the future, and even better and bigger than before.
The announcement garnered a mixed response from the snowboarding community. BUSO riders like Danny Davis and Maddie Maestro are standing by the company’s choice, whereas some fans feel like the move is far too cautious. Regardless of how you feel about the situation, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we’ll sure as hell be excited when the BUSO comes back.
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