The preparations for the 11th Burton European Open are finalized. The hosting resort LAAX and organizer Burton Snowboards are ready to kick off the event tomorrow with the youngest competitors of the week. Traditionally the Juniors (up to 14 years) open the event with the Slopestyle Junior competition on Saturday, which will be followed by the Halfpipe Junior event on Sunday, before the adults take over the BEO. More than 400 riders from four continents will be gathering in LAAX during the next 8 days. 50 boys registered for the Junior events, accompanied by 13 girls. These riders are the future of Snowboarding. The worlds current top riders like Mikkel Bang, Iouri Podladtchikov, Sebastien Toutant and Peetu Piiroinen all celebrated their first big victories at past BEO Junior events. Last year Swiss rider Patrick Burgener was the sensation of the Junior events, clearly dominating both Halfpipe and Slopestyle events and even managing to make it into the HP Mens finals. Expect to see some progressive riding from these groms. The programme is packed with 8 days filled with contests, culminating in the big Slopestyle finals on Friday, Jan. 15th, and the absolute highlight of the week, the Halfpipe finals on Saturday, Jan. 16th. The 11th BEO will close with The Sounds live-in-concert on Saturday, Jan. 16th, in Riders Palace Club. The Burton European Open is the second stop of the 2009/2010 Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) and a Swatch TTR 6Star event. The event-theme this year is Circus and a colourful, action-packed week here in LAAX, Switzerland awaits all riders, media and fans If you cant make it to Laax, watch the finals live on www.GO211.com. EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010: 09h45 -15h00 Slopestyle Juniors, 19h00 Juniors DJ PartySunday, Jan. 10, 2010: 09h45 – 15h00 Halfpipe Juniors, 09h45 Slopestyle Pre-Quali MenMonday, Jan. 11, 2010: 10h15 Halfpipe Pre-Qualification MenTuesday, Jan. 12, 2010: 09h45 Slopestyle Qualification Women/MenWednesday, Jan. 13, 2010: 09h45 HP Quali Women, 13h00 SS Semi-Finals Men 22h30 Live in concert: BudZillus (INDY Bar)Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010: 09h45 Halfpipe Qualification, 12h45 Semi-finals MenFriday, Jan. 15, 2010: 10h15 Slopestyle Semi-Finals Women, 12h00 Finals Women/Men, 23h00 Crazy Circus Party & DJ Il Clauns (Riders Palace Club)Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010:10h15 Halfpipe Semi-finals Women, 14h30 Finals Women/Men; 22h00 Live in concert: The Sounds (Riders Palace Club) Contest Location: Laax, Crap Sogn Gion mountain (2220 m)Side Event Location: Riders Palace Club, rocksresort For more information visit www.opensnowboarding.com.