08/12/2011 | by Uli Köhler
It always sucks to start the day with bad news, but unfortunately we have to inform you that due to sucky weather conditions in Laax, Burton have made the tough decision to postpone the Burton European Open until the end of February. Read more…
Here’s the official word: “Burton Snowboards and LAAX have decided to postpone the Burton European Open from January 2012 to the end of February due to the current weather conditions. The BEO is now scheduled from Feb. 25th – March 3rd, 2012.
Burton and LAAX are committed to providing a very high standard of Slopestyle and Halfpipe snowboarding events. The temperatures at the moment do not allow preparation of a park set-up in time that meets the expectations of organizers and riders. For this reason postponement of the event has been confirmed.”
Laax and the BEO have been cursed by bad conditions in the preparation time once before – a few years ago in 2007 – but at that time they decided to give it their best shot to make it happen, which involved coating a bunch of hay bales with manufactured snow and praying for a dump. The dump never came, so the whole slopestyle course was hastily re-built on the glacier (the mind boggles at the cost and logistics of that), which then cloaked itself in fog for the event’s duration and lead to the abandonment of the slopestyle comp. You can understand, therefore, why postponing it seemed a safer bet this time round. Fingers crossed conditions come good or it won’t just be the BEO that’s shafted…
This will also obviously have an effect on the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships, set to go down in Oslo from February 10-19 2012. Quite how is unclear at present. Stay tuned for more info.
But, let’s end on a positive note. When it’s on, the BEO is one hell of a show. Check out the Halfpipe and Slopestyle highlights from the 2011 event.
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