was born in Vermont. And because of that claim to fame, the state hosts the
largest snowboarding competition in the world-- the Burton US Open. The best
athletes converge in Stratton every year. But this edgy sport is growing up and
moving on. Riders will no longer be shredding up Stratton Mountain-- Burton has
decided to move the event out west to Vail, Colo., next year.
Gina Bullard: Why are you pulling this event from the state it started in?
Dacyshyn: The open has a long history of evolution and changing for the riders.
is the chief creative director at Burton. He says the move is part of a plan to
grow the Open into a festival. Vail will host free concerts, live entertainment
and a mini-shred park for kids.
Dacyshyn: They share the same vision as we do to evolve it as an experience.
Bullard: So can Stratton not do that?
Some of the infrastructure at Stratton limited us.
Mountain officials would not talk on camera, but issued this statement:
"While we are disappointed, we respect their decision and wish them the
very best as they embark on the next evolution of the US Open."
is a great resort, but Vail is a world-class destination resort," Dacyshyn
to find out the economic impact of this move. Stratton officials said to ask
Burton, but Burton was not sure and neither was Vermont's Tourism Department.
We are still waiting to hear back from the Chamber of Commerce, but we do know
that the US Open drew around 30,000 people last year.
competition is gone, but Burton says their headquarters will not follow. They
employ 300 people are expanding. They just built a new showroom and are upgrading
the Burton campus in Burlington.
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
We've had another cold week that's left homeowners cranking the heat. But what does that mean for kids' safety?More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
We have some ideas for your Saturday. IRISH FESTIVAL The 19th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival kicks off today. There is a lecture about the role of Irish immigrants in the Civil War at theMore >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there. More >>
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there.More >>