As the presenting sponsor, MINI will play a key role in the BGOS, starting with the Burton European Open (BEO) next month in Laax, Switzerland. Along with a variety of other onsite activities like MINI test drives, MINI will provide athlete and VIP shuttle services at the BEO in the new MINI Countryman.

The partnership between Burton and MINI also includes two awards that MINI will present to competitors at the US Open, the final BGOS event of the season. In addition to the Burton purse of $50,000 cash, the male and female rider with the most BGOS points for the 2010/2011 series will each receive a new MINI Countryman. MINI has also created a special rider award that’s in line with the carmaker’s ‘Creative Use of Space’ philosophy. The ‘Creative Use of Space’ award will be an additional cash prize given to one male and one female rider who have shown creativity and progression throughout the BGOS series.

Below is a list of upcoming BGOS events, all presented by MINI.

European Open January 8-15, 2011 Laax, Switzerland

Canadian Open February 1-6, 2011 Canada Olympic Park, Calgary, Alberta

US Open March 7-13, 2011 Stratton Mountain Resort, USA

For more information on the Burton Global Open Series, head to opensnowboarding.com.