World Cup weekend at Deer Valley |

World Cup weekend at Deer Valley

Christopher Lambert of Switzerland practices his jumps during aerial training at Deer Valley on Tuesday. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

With 221 athletes from 27 different countries, the FIS freestyle ski event at Deer Valley this weekend truly is a "World" Cup.

This year, the stakes are even higher for the aerialists and mogul skiers, as all of the participants will be jockeying for a chance to make their respective country’s Olympic team.

Deer Valley communications manager Emily Summers said the diversity of athletes and the high-pressure atmosphere will make this year’s event one for the ages.

"It’s definitely a worldly event," she said. "And everyone’s trying to get to Sochi. All the events people will see are Olympic-qualifying events and everyone from every country is competing for Olympic spots."

Since this World Cup will feature only Olympic events, the dual moguls competition that normally takes place on Saturday night will be replaced by a second moguls competition.

The first moguls event will take place on Thursday, with the finals set for 7 p.m. Friday will feature an aerials competition and Saturday night will showcase another moguls competition, with both final events scheduled for 7 p.m.

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All mogul events will take place on the Champion race hill, while aerial events will be hosted on White Owl.

Summers said this will be a great chance to see some local athletes in action before they take their acts to Sochi.

"These are the same athletes and same competitions we’ll be watching from across the world in a couple weeks," she said. "They’re our neighbors and people we see around town. It’s a great chance to support them on the road to Sochi."

Park City residents Emily Cook and Dylan Ferguson headline the aerial team, with local mogulist Heather McPhie also in the running for Sochi.

But, before all the high-stakes competitions happen, make sure to check out the Main Street concert, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Park City band Junior & Transportation will open for BHTM. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. on lower Main Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic.

Summers said the concert serves as a great starting point for the weekend’s festivities.

"It gets everyone together the night before the competitions start," she said. "It brings the town together and kicks off the event."

All events are free to the public. For the competitions, Summers recommends getting to the parking areas by 6 p.m. to have plenty of time to find a great spot to watch the 7 p.m. finals.

World Cup Schedule

Wednesday, Jan. 8

  • Main Street Concert 7 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 9

  • Women’s Mogul Qualifications 3 p.m.
  • Men’s Mogul Qualifications 5 p.m.
  • Mogul Finals 7 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 10

  • Women’s Aerial Qualifications 11:35 a.m.
  • Men’s Aerial Qualifications 2:10 p.m.
  • Aerial Finals 7 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 10

  • Women’s Mogul Qualifications 3 p.m.
  • Men’s Mogul Qualifications 5 p.m.
  • Mogul Finals 7 p.m.