Hills may lead to Colo.

Trevor Leard, Staff Writer

The winter X Games may be in full effect in Colorado, but Seven Springs Mountain Resort is calling all snowboarders to compete for a chance to glide with the big dogs.

The Burton U.S. open snowboarding qualifiers are to be held next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at Seven Springs, where competitors from all around the country are to take on the slope style and halfpipe competitions.

This is the first time games’ organizers have held a U.S. open format where the qualifying round is to be held on the East Coast, according to the sponsor.

The competitors are looking for a spot in the final competition in Vail, Colo.

The competition consists of 70 male and 30 female riders competing for one of five spots for the males and three spots for the females.

Each event will take individual competitors totaling 10 spots for men and six spots for women, according to Burton Snowboarding Co.

The slope style competition final is to take place next Saturday and halfpipe competition on Sunday, according to Seven Springs.

“It’s really cool that they are bringing a national competition to our area, and that it is for such a big spot and chance to ride with some of the guys that are in the X Games,” Pitt-Johnstown sophomore Joe Spatafore said.

The competition is being held at Seven Springs after the resort has been named the best parks and pipe on the East Coast for the past four years, according to TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine.

“The pipes and parks have only been getting better as I go there every year, but this competition sounds like it might take up a lot of space,” Pitt-Johnstown freshman Zak Muto said.

“I only get to go on the weekends so it might cause some problems or backups on the mountain,” Pitt-Johnstown freshmen Zak Muto said.

The halfpipe competition will take place in The Spot Terrain Park on the regulation 22-foot halfpipe that was raised from 16 feet last winter.

“I’ve played around on the halfpipe before, and its massive. I can’t believe people will be launching themselves 15 to 20 feet out of it,” Pitt-Johnstown freshmen Steve Finnegan said.