(photo: Mt. Hood Meadows)

Burton Mountain Festival Starts Today at Mt. Hood Meadows

Mt. Hood, OR – The Oregon stop of the 2015 Burton Mountain Festival, an eight-venue, on-snow community snowboarding festival for riders of all ages, opens today at Mt. Hood Meadows in conjunction with the ski resort’s stop on the 2nd Annual Party In Your Park snowboard contest series.

All events are completely free and open to the public. The 2015 Burton Mountain Festival is the most extensive, interactive snowboard demo experience in North America and features programs and activities for friends, family and riders to enjoy. The Meadows stop, which will be set up in Main Base Area, will feature the 2015 Burton demo fleet, which gives riders the chance to try out Burton’s latest 2015 boards, boots and bindings all for free (I.D. and liability release required – those under 18 need parent present to sign release).

New this year, the 2015 Burton Girls Ride Day series will take place at select stops along the Burton Mountain Festival tour, offering women’s-specific programming, product demos and events from BurtonGirls. Look for a girls-only, luxury on-snow Burton Girls tent with dedicated female staff on-hand to help riders choose the best new women’s gear to try from Burton. And from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, meet up at the Burton Girls tent for complimentary breakfast, check out a women’s hardgoods demo, take laps with fellow female riders and Burton Girls, enjoy a special Burton Team appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark and super star Kimmy Fasani, and après the afternoon away.

(photo: Mt. Hood Meadows)
(photo: Mt. Hood Meadows)

Next up, kids as young as three will have the chance to try snowboarding in the free Riglet Park, located in the main base area. The innovative Riglet program gives little ones a fun introduction to snowboarding in a learning park built specifically for them. To make learning even easier, Burton will provide free snowboards, boots and bindings for the smallest kids to borrow. Certified snowboard coaches will also be on hand to help kids learn to ride on mini features like boxes, ramps and rails at no cost.

The Meadows Burton Mountain Festival stop will also feature a special guest appearance by Burton Team riders and après entertainment with music and activities to cap off a day of riding. The festival will also have a sponsor village with free activities and giveaways from event partners including MINI, Paul Mitchell, Garmin and more.

Coinciding with the Burton Mountain Festival is the Mt. Hood Meadows stop on the 2015 Party In Your Park contest series, which is being held all around the country starting this winter. There’s no registration fee and snowboarders can simply show up and drop in. Shipyard – Meadows’ urban rail park – will be the site of Party in the Park on Saturday.

Riders in each local contest will be added to one of three teams who work together during the event. Members of the winning team will walk away with a prize, and the best riders at each contest will be invited to compete in the West Coast and East Coast finals taking place during the Brighton, Utah and Seven Springs, Penn. events. To sweeten the deal, the top ranking riders at the West Coast and East Coast finals may earn a chance to compete on the coveted global stage at next year’s Burton Rail Days event in Tokyo, Japan.

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