Rider: Christian Haller Photo: M Laemmerhirt

Snowflakes have arrived in the Alps, the snowboarding equipment is ready and many snowboarders have had their first day on snow. Riders and event organizers are in the middle of preparations for the most important European snowboarding event in slopestyle and halfpipe.

And many big names in snowboarding are confirmed to compete in Laax, Switzerland at the 16th annual Burton European Open presented by MINI (BEO) from January 29th – February 1st, 2015.

In one month, the creme de la creme of international freestyle snowboarding will gather for the BEO, which offers US$ 160.000 prize-money to top-placing riders. The much-anticipated event is the very first international contest that will be held at the brand new Superpipe on Crap Sogn Gion. Among the confirmed riders are Olympic champion 2002 and bronze medallist 2014 Kelly Clark (USA), who is a five-time BEO halfpipe champion, as well as BEO 2013 winner and Olympic silver medallist 2014 Ayumu Hirano from Japan, and Swiss riders Christian Haller and David Hablützel.

Rider: Miyabi Onitsuka Photo: M Laemmerhirt

In past years, the BEO men’s slopestyle competition has been dominated by the Scandinavians who will also be represented in 2015 by top riders and former BEO winners like Alek Oestreng and Brage Richenberg from Norway, Finland’s Peetu Piiroinen and Roope Tonteri. Strong North-American challengers will be Mark McMorris, Burton US Open champ 2014 and Olympic bronze medallist in Sochi, as well as Chas Guldemond, both also known for earning BEO podium spots. For women’s slopestyle, top riders confirmed to complete include Sochi Olympic Gold and Bronze medallists, Jamie Anderson (USA) and Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), Jenny Jones (UK), Austrian Anna Gasser and local Elena Könz, 3rd at the BEO 2014. All in all, around 100 riders from all over the world are expected to participate at the 2015 Burton European Open presented by MINI, and attendees can expect to watch snowboarding at its finest in LAAX.

All event information and news can be found at the BEO15 app on facebook.com/BurtonEurope.

Live Webcast www.burton.com/BEO

daily Jan. 29th, to Feb. 1st, 2015

Event Website www.burton.com/BEO

www.facebook.com/BurtonEurope