Tomorrow, free of charge: Utah Olympic Park hosts FIS aerials competition

The second stop of the inaugural FIS Grand Prix World Tour running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Onlookers view an aerial skier at a Utah Olympic Park event last year. The Olympic Park is hosting the 2023 U.S. Freestyle Ultimate Airwave competition tomorrow, free of charge. Photo by Mike Dawson.

The Utah Olympic park will be welcoming the world’s best aerial skiers tomorrow, when it hosts the 2023 U.S. Freestyle Ultimate Airwave competition, free of charge. The event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is the second stop on the FIS Grand Prix World Tour’s schedule, which kicked off last week in Switzerland and will conclude in Australia. 

The skiers are coming from Canada, Switzerland, China, Australia and across the U.S. A few to keep an eye on include home crowd favorites Chris Lillis and Justin Schoenefeld — The tandem paired with Parkite Ashley Caldwell to win the mixed team aerials competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. 

An aerial skier attempts a jump during a competition last year at the Utah Olympic Park. Tomorrows event is to feature athletes from Canada, Switzerland, China, Australia and of course across the U.S. Photo by Mike Dawson.

Lillis took third at last week’s competition overseas, however he’ll be coming for it all when he hits the ramps at the Olympic Park. “For the most part, the top level athletes from the winter are the top level athletes in the summer,” said Lillis when speaking on the event’s stiff competition. “I was happy with my third place in Switzerland (while) traveling, but for me as an athlete, my goal is to be on top of the podium.”

Lillis also holds big-picture goals, outside of the FIS Grand Prix World Tour’s inaugural season, for the sport. He touched upon the hope of getting the sport included in future Summer Olympic Games. He mentioned how special it would be for these athletes, who spend the warm months of summer training on seven ramps across the world to join the elite community of joint Summer and Winter Olympians. 

Information on the competition is at the US Ski and Snowboard’s website. The Flying Aces Allstars will take over the ramps following the competition for their show at 6:30 p.m.


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