The snowboard contest season has started, Europe finally got some snow, and preparations are in full swing for the 13th annual Burton European Open (BEO) presented by MINI, taking place from Feb. 25th – March 3rd, 2012 at LAAX in Switzerland. To make sure all riders have plenty of time to register to compete at this world-class snowboard event, the BEO has extended the online registration process until January 14th, 2012. To register to compete, snowboarders should head to www.opensnowboarding.com and look for the BEO page. Registration is open for juniors, men and women in the pre-qualification rounds for both halfpipe and slopestyle. At the BEO, snowboarders who make it through pre-qualifiers and qualifiers will have the chance to take home a piece of the $125,000 prize purse, in addition to valuable points towards the TTR and Burton Global Open Series (BGOS) ranking lists. Also at the BEO, riders will compete for the second generation of the Creative Use of Space Award, presented by MINI. This seasons Creative Use of Space (CUOS) Award once again draws on the MINI philosophy of utilizing space intelligently. Prize money for the Creative Use of Space Award will go to the male and female riders who throw down the most progressive tricks in the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions at the BEO. In addition, the resort crew that builds the most creative CUOS slopestyle feature during the BGOS series will win $5,000. Below is the latest BEO competition schedule: Saturday 25th Feb, 2012 – Slopestyle Junior Contest Sunday 26th Feb, 2012 – Halfpipe Junior Contest, Slopestyle Pre-Qualification Men Monday 27th Feb, 2012 – Halfpipe Pre-Qualification Men/Slopestyle Qualification Women & Men Tuesday 28th Feb, 2012 – Halfpipe Qualification Women & Men Wednesday 29th Feb, 2012 – Slopestyle Semi-Finals Women & Men Thursday 1st March, 2012 – Slopestyle Finals Women & Men Friday 2nd March, 2012 – Halfpipe Semi-Finals Women & Men Saturday 3rd March 2012 – Halfpipe Finals Women & Men Check out this teaser below for the Burton European Open 2012! Can’t go to the event…..? Then the BEO will also feature a live webcast from Feb. 29th – March 3rd, 2012 on www.redbull.tv and www.burton.com so everyone can watch the action. For more information on the BEO, head to www.opensnowboarding.com , www.facebook.com/BurtonEuropeanOpen and www.facebook.com/BurtonEurope .