Vermont Open Snowboard and music festival returning to Stratton

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STRATTON MOUNTAIN >> Recently awarded a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Event, the Vermont Open returns to Stratton Mountain March 10-13 for three days of live music and snowboard competitions that hold a prize purse of $20,000.

Now the only open snowboarding competition in Vermont, the snowboard and music festival welcomes athletes of all ages to vie for the top spot on the podium in a variety of competitions – rail jam, slopestyle, retro pipe and banked slalom. The lighthearted but competitive event is open to riders in the categories of junior (12 and under), amateur, pro and "washed up."

To register for the Vermont Open, visit www.vermontopen.com.

A celebration of the beginning of the sport and its progression, the Vermont Open presents a chance for aspiring riders to compete in the same arena as current and past pros. The Open, now it its fourth year, has hosted hundreds of athletes – including Olympian Ross Powers and his teenage daughter, Victoria — who both earned a spot on the VT Open podium last year — U.S. Open champion Andy Coughlin, snowboarding icons Scott Palmer and Seth Neary and founders of Hayes Brothers Snowboards, Mike and Steve Hayes. Steve Hayes, also a VT Open organizer, said the event was created "so that a young kid from Londonderry, Vt., can compete on the same stage as a well-known pro or a legend."

Live music will entertain each night of the Open as part of the Winter Concert Series at the newly revived Grizzly's Bar and Restaurant. For the full event and activity lineup, visit stratton.com.


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