After much careful consideration, the organizers of the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships have taken the decision to cancel the snowboard big air competition, based on the weather forecast and with the best interests of the athletes in mind, and the remaining events scheduled to take place.
The snowboard big air finals were due to take place at Park City Mountain's Canyons Village from 7pm on Tuesday 5 February. Having taken into account all relevant factors, including the weather forecast for the next 24 hours in Park City, Utah, the organizing committee, comprising U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the International Ski Federation, Park City Mountain Resort and a number of related agencies, took the regrettable decision to cancel the event.
"There is an awful lot of snow coming in to Park City in the next 24 hours, and the temperatures are dropping fast" said Calum Clark, Chair of the the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships Organizing Committee. "This means that we have had to take the toughest of decisions, cancelling one of the headline events of these World Championships. We looked in detail at every option open to us, but the Organizing Committee agreed unanimously that the safety of the athletes taking part in the competition is our primary concern, as is the smooth running of the rest of the schedule. Despite this news, we have five more days of incredible action to look forward to, and many more World Champions to crown."
Also announced today was a change to the schedule for Wednesday February 6, with the freeski slopestyle finals moved from 11am to 2pm, still at Park City Mountain Resort. This change also takes into account the postponement of freeski slopestyle qualifiers on Tuesday February 5, allowing the qualifiers to take place from 9.15am on Wednesday February 6 at Park City Mountain. For full schedule details please go to https://2019worldchamps.com/schedule/.
Andrew Gauthier/US Ski & Snowboard