The 2011 U.S. Open preview

One of the most important contests in snowboarding gets underway in Vermont.

Originally Published: March 10, 2011
By Colin Bane | ESPN Action Sports

Preview Pipe Semis Slopestyle Finals Halfpipe Finals

Nobody has been looking forward to this week's Burton U.S. Open more than Kelly Clark, who has added a 1080 to a run that's gotten progressively bigger since she first did it at Winter X in January. She is favored to win the halfpipe event because of it.

"The Open's one of my favorite events in snowboarding," Clark says. "I grew up about 10 minutes from here and I first started coming to the Open as a spectator. ...

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