The world’s best snowboard, freeski and freestyle athletes are headed to Utah next February for the International Ski Federation’s (FIS) World Championships. The schedule was approved last week by the FIS Council for the February 1-10, 2019 event. Three of Utah’s world-renowned resorts – Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain and Solitude Mountain Resort – will play host to what is expected to be the strongest World Championships ever attracting over 700 athletes from 36 nations.
Utah will showcase a record 15 World Championship medal events in both genders over 10 days. They will be held on 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 this past week by the FIS Congress. 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 – all to be held at night. Park City Mountain will bring back its Olympic roots 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 Mountain 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 skicross and snowboardcross.
The Championships will open with snowboardcross and skicross 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 Mountain with big air skiing and fireworks to kickoff the 10-day Championships. Night events are set for Tuesday through Saturday night at both Deer Valley and Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.
“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 in an array of events larger than 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.
2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, February 1
Snowboardcross, Solitude Mountain Resort
Saturday, February 2
Skicross, Solitude Mountain Resort
Big air skiing, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain (night)
Sunday, February 3
Team snowboardcross, Solitude Mountain Resort
Monday, February 4
Parallel giant slalom snowboard, Park City Mountain
Tuesday, February 5
Parallel slalom snowboard, Park City Mountain
Big air snowboarding, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain (night)
Wednesday, February 6
Slopestyle skiing, Park City Mountain
Freestyle aerials, Deer Valley Resort (night)
Thursday, February 7
Freestyle team aerials, Deer Valley Resort (night)
Friday, February 8
Halfpipe snowboarding, Park City Mountain
Freestyle moguls, Deer Valley Resort (night)
Saturday, February 9
Halfpipe skiing, Park City Mountain
Dual moguls, Deer Valley Resort (night)
Sunday, February 10
Slopestyle snowboarding, Park City Mountain
Closing street party and concert, Historic Main Street, Park City (night)