Located in the southern Ural mountain range, right where Europe meets Asia, Russia's Sunny Valley ski resort is one of the newest and most progressive ski resorts in the entire world, with focus on sustainability and a commitment to freestyle skiing that has us at FIS Freestyle truly excited for the resort's debut on the World Cup stage in 2016/17.
Sunny Valley resort is based around a compact village that virtually eliminates the need for anything besides one's own feet to get from hotel, to ski lift, to any of the various other amenities a ski traveller may require. Meanwhile, on hill, an extensive terrain park and World Cup regulation halfpipe, dedicated ski and snowboard cross piste, aerials and moguls facilities, and a world-class maintenance crew have made Sunny Valley a resort that seems sure to be a World Cup destination for the years to come.
After a successful showing by the FIS snowboard cross World Cup in 2015/16 and an excellent turn hosting the Russian Freestyle Games in 2015, it's the Audi Ski Cross World Cup tour's turn to take to Sunny Valley's slopes this season, with ski cross competition in Russia slated for February 25, 2017.
A look back at some of the biggest storylines of the 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season.
Marielle Thompson took her sixth win of the season while Bovolenta scores career first in Sunny Valley event.
The newest venue on tour sees ski cross World Cup action on Sunday.