Utah up next for 2019 World Championships
Park City ski resorts to play huge role in event
With the conclusion of the 2017 FIS World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, the United States is taking center stage as the host nation for the bi-annual event. Utah ski destinations Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort will host skiing and snowboarding events during the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboarding and Freeski World Championships, scheduled for Feb. 1-10, 2019.
Since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah has established itself as one of the World’s premier centers for winter action sports, hosting two previous World Championships as well as multiple FIS World Cups and Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. The 2019 World Championships will feature over 25 different medal events across eight sports, making it the largest winter sports event Utah has hosted since the Games. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, Park City Municipal Corporation and the host resorts, are working to maximize the impact of the event both domestically and globally.
“The World Championships is the ultimate showcase of freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Hosting an event of this caliber in the U.S. gives us the opportunity to grow the visibility of these sports domestically and showcase our top athletes in the post-Olympic year. Worldwide broadcast and media coverage of the events will once again put Utah in the international winter sports spotlight.”
Deer Valley and Park City’s history of hosting World Cup events combined with Utah’s rich Olympic legacy and support of sport played a large role in securing the bid for Worlds back in 2014. Solitude Mountain Resort was added to the venue line up in August 2016. All three resorts have successfully hosted test events, including snowboardcross and skicross events at Solitude as part of the 2016-17 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix.
For the 2019 World Championships, moguls and aerials events are scheduled to take place at Deer Valley Resort. Park City Mountain will host halfpipe, slopestyle and big air competitions and Solitude Mountain Resort will host snowboardcross, alpine snowboarding and skicross.
“Deer Valley, Park City and Solitude all have a proud tradition of innovation and excellence in hosting international skiing and snowboarding events,” said Shaw. “These venues are some of the best in the world and will foster the highest level of competition from the hundreds of athletes we expect to attend. Our U.S. athletes relish the opportunity to compete on home snow and that wouldn’t be possible without the dedication our resort partners.”
The USSA expects record-breaking audiences to tune in to the U.S. broadcasts of the World Championships through its partnership with NBC Sports Group. A similar partnership was put in place for the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, CO.
Additional news and information on the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboarding and Freeski World Championships will be available in the coming months at http://www.2019worldchamps.com.
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