Solitude joins venue line up for 2019 world championships
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced that Solitude Mountain Resort will host the snowboard cross and ski cross events for the 2019 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships. In preparation for the World Championships, Solitude will host a test event, featuring a snowboard cross FIS World Cup and Grand Prix ski cross event, Jan. 19–22, 2017.
The test event will be the second stop on the U.S. Grand Prix tour for the 2016-17 season.
The World Championships, awarded to Utah in 2014, is scheduled for Feb. 1–10, 2019 and will bring the best freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding athletes to three resorts in the Wasatch mountains.
In addition to the events at Solitude, Deer Valley Resort will host aerials, moguls and dual moguls, and Park City Mountain will host halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding and freeskiing.
(Left to right): Calum Clark (USSA), Faye Gulini (U.S. Snowboarding), Alex Deibold (U.S. Snowboarding), Whitney Gardner (USA Ski Cross), Bill Rock (Park City), Kim Mayhew (Solitude) and Bob Wheaton (Deer Valley Resort) were on location at Solitude for an official announcement on August 25.
“Our partner resorts, as well as the communities of Park City, Salt Lake City and the Utah Sports Commission, have been extremely supportive of bringing major international skiing and snowboarding competitions to Utah,” stated USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark.
“Solitude is a great addition to our event partners and we are looking forward to having them as part of the U.S. Grand Prix and hosting a successful test event for 2019.”
The U.S. Grand Prix event will be the first major international skiing and snowboarding competition Solitude has hosted. Officials from the USSA, the International Ski Federation (FIS), Solitude Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort have been on site, inspecting the venue and mapping out the course, which includes a finish right in the Village at Solitude.
An official site inspection is scheduled to take place in September.
Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold (left), 2014 Olympian Faye Gulini and ski cross athlete Whitney Gardner stand at the base of Solitude's Main Street run, which will house the race course and finish area.
“Adding Solitude as a third venue to the 2019 World Championships not only demonstrates the variety and access of skiing in Utah but the collaborative efforts of the local industry,” said Kim Mayhew, Solitude Mountain Resort general manager.
“We are excited to host our first international event and can’t wait to showcase Solitude.”
Hosted every two years, the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships is the second largest international skiing and snowboarding event behind the Olympic Winter Games.
A full event schedule will be announced by FIS leading up to the event.