Park City 2019 hosts successful Summer Inspection
Park City (USA) - The world’s best snowboard, freestyle and freeski athletes are headed to Utah next February for the Park City 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle Ski and Freeski World Championships from February 1-10. There, four of Utah’s world-renowned resorts - Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort as well as Canyons Village at Park City - will play host to what is expected to be the strongest World Championships ever, which is expected to attract over 700 athletes from 36 nations.
Utah will showcase a record 15 World Championship medal events in both genders over 10 days. Events will be held at seven different competition venues at the three resorts. Two events will be contested for the first time at World Championships - big air skiing and team aerials - following approvals by the FIS Congress in May of this year. It will be the largest international event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The Olympic venue of Deer Valley Resort, which has held over 100 FIS international events, will be the site of freestyle moguls and aerials, with all of those competitions to be held at night. Park City Mountain will summon its Olympic roots by holding halfpipe skiing and snowboarding, along with parallel slalom and giant slalom snowboarding. A new slopestyle venue will be built on the adjacent Pick ‘N Shovel run and nearby Canyons Village at Park City will be the site of big air snowboarding and skiing. Solitude Mountain Resort, which held a World Cup two years ago as a test event, will be the site of ski cross and snowboard cross.
Park City 2019 will open with snowboard cross and ski cross on the weekend of February 1-3 at Solitude. The opening ceremony will be held Saturday, February 2 under the lights at Canyons Village at Park City with big air skiing and fireworks to officially kick-off the 10-day Championships. Night events are set for Tuesday through Saturday night at both Deer Valley and Canyons Village at Park City.
“Our objective with the FIS World Championships is to bring the very best athletes in the world to Utah and show them a great celebration of sport,” said organizing committee chair Calum Clark of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “This has been a true community event with outstanding partnership from the resorts and organizations like the Park City Chamber/Bureau and Utah Sports Commission.”
The FIS World Championships are held every two years, attracting the world’s best athletes to determine titles with a larger array of events and longer entry lists than are seen at the Olympic Winter Games.
“Utah’s Olympic legacy venues continue to showcase the highest level of sport 16 years later,” said Clark. “With a schedule featuring strong weekend events and 40% of our schedule under the lights, it’s a great opportunity for fans to see the best athletes in the world compete.”
Through the continued engagement of the Olympic resorts, as well as the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, nearly all of Utah’s 2002 Olympic venues like Deer Valley and Park City continue to hold major international events.
A detailed schedule of starting times will be announced later. Every event will be broadcast live to the world with a domestic schedule to be released this fall. Additional information can be found at 2019worldchamps.com.