Double Exposed: The Burton US Open at Vail

SNOWBOARD Magazine Photo Editor, Tim Peare, put together a killer submission for this year’s Mini Media Awards, a competition between five respective media outlets to put together the most creative editorial piece from the Burton European Open or the Burton US Open. On the line, $5,000 and a sweet trophy.  Vote and leave a comment and you could win a custom designed Burton snowboard.

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Below is Tim’s creative entry titled “Double Exposed: The Burton US Open at Vail.”



This image explores the contrast between a powder day with friends and the competitive nature of a contest. In reality, first chair on a pow day is competitive but the end results are different. In the image, this is illustrated by the chairlift and the halfpipe moving in different directions but occupying the same dimension. The incredible thing was that at this US Open, these worlds were intertwined because of the snowstorm, which supplied ample powder.


The Mark McMorris Method

After five years of competing in the US Open, 19-year-old Mark McMorris landed in the top position of the men’s slopestyle event. It’s safe to say that Mark is the new face of slopestyle.


The Future

This image explores multiple levels of influence. Although Shaun White won the superpipe competition, 14-year-old Ayumu Hirano’s performance let everyone know that he is the future. The US Open is a stage for athletes to perform at the highest level and an opportunity for the general public to witness it. I know from my own experience that after I attended my first US Open in 1999 as a fan, my life was forever altered and a path towards a snowboard-focused life was set.



This image explores the recent move to Vail from Stratton Mountain after 30 years of hosting the event. After Benji Farrow’s final run, the Vermont native pulled out the state flag and held it proud. It’s important to remember where we come from and at the same time, it’s important to move forward. In the image, the women’s podium with Vermont natives Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter stand in 1st and 2nd place while Jake Burton and Donna Carpenter, also Vermont natives, look on from the left. This marks the 61st halfpipe victory for Kelly Clark, the most wins for any halfpipe competitor ever.


Vail We Go Hard

The final night of the US Open is a wild night of entertainment and fun. The stress of the contest is relieved and the festivities move into full swing. Santigold performed an awesome set to the packed Vail village audience, which then transitioned into the after-party featuring Skratch Bastid and Cosmo Baker. The next morning I ran into John Jackson at the Denver airport and captured this moment.

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