As you'll know, the venerable daddy of US snowboard comps, the US Open, is on in its hometown of Stratton. As with the European Open last week, MINI have charged the shaping crew with the task of coming up with an innovative park obstacle for the riders to show their creativity on and be rewarded with cold hard cash. Check it...

The contest season is coming to an end and so is the second installment of the MINI Creative Use of Space (CUoS) Award. From March 5th to 11th, 2012, the cream of freestyle snowboarding's crop will be competing for the glory, but happily snowboarding's unsung heroes - the shapers - can also bag an award at the last stop of the Burton Global Open Series (BGOS). At each of the four BGOS competitions, the shapers were given US$5,000 to build an exceptional MINI Feature. At the final stop, the Burton US Open, the MINI Feature that is picked by the judging panel to be the most creative will be awarded an additional US$5,000 as well as the Creative Use of Space Slopestyle Feature Award.


The US Open feature is the last to enter the competition this season. According to head-shaper Aaron Dettling and his Snow Park Technologies crew, the idea was to give the riders the possibility to play in their "driveway", hence a backdrop based on a garage with a MINI parked in front framing two kickers on the slopestyle course. We'll have to see how it plays out in real life - you can watch it on - but our initial reaction is that the Laax crew have the 5k in the bag as the BEO feature was super sick and allowed so much creativity from the riders.


Also for the last time in the BGOS 2011/12, the riders have a chance can win US$5,000 for the most creative trick on the MINI Feature during the slopestyle finals, while in the halfpipe, the most innovative trick will also be rewarded with US$5,000. Last week Jamie Anderson, Cilka Sadar, Christian Haller and Emil Ulsletten bagged the swag, so we'll see who can match that in the States.


The CUoS Slopestyle Feature Award 2012 will be decided at the US Open along with the CUoS Slopestyle and Halfpipe Awards.

The dates for the finals are: Slopestyle Finals: Friday, March 9th, 2012 (women’s & men’s) Halfpipe Finals: Saturday, March 10th, 2012 (women’s & men’s)

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