The only thing we love more than snow in Park City is some great athletic competition on snow! The FIS World Championships deliver this in a big way. From February 1stthrough February 10th, the world’s top freestyle skiers and snowboarders will gather in Park City to display their jaw-dropping skills and declare which competitors are the world champions of their sport. Deer Valley, Park City Mountain, and Solitude are hosting, and the media will once again have our little town in the spotlight.

Aerials Freestyle At Deer Valley Resort
Aerials Freestyle skiing is the sport of high-flying acrobatic skiing. Not only do these athletes have incredible air awareness, they also need to know how to ski. Aerial competitions traditionally consist of eight10-foot jumps that the skiers will hit with speeds of up to 45 mph. Once they hit the jump, aerialists sore up to 70ft in the air completing multiple flips and twists before landing on a 38-degree hill. Aerial skiing is a judged sport, and competitors receive a score based on jump takeoff (20%), jump form (50%) and landing (30%). The higher degree of difficulty, the higher the potential score.

2017 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix – Skicross at Solitude Resort Photo: U.S. Snowboarding

Moguls & Aerials At Deer Valley Resort
Moguls and Dual Moguls on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run are both freestyle skiing competitions consisting of timed runs on a steep, heavily moguled course, stressing technical turns, aerial maneuvers and speed. In single moguls, one athlete competes at a time and is judged on speed, two jumps and technique down the middle of the course. In dual moguls, two athletes start at the same time and race to the finish side-by-side. This exciting event is a race to the finish. Athletes will compete up to four times a night as they advance to a new heat until a winner is crowned.

Freeskiing & Snowboarding At Park City Mountain
Snowboard Halfpipe and Ski Halfpipe have a long history at Park City Mountain. The 2019 freeskiing and snowboarding halfpipe events will both take place on a 22-f00t snow pipe with athletes jumping up to 24ft above the lip of the pipe. These events are scored by judges with one overall impression score based on the following criteria: execution of tricks, variety of tricks, difficulty, pipe use, and amplitude.

Big Air at Park City Mountain
Freeskiing Big Air and Snowboard Big Air will be held at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain. For the first time in the history of World Championships, Freeskiing Big Air will be included as a medal event. This inclusion at 2019 FIS World Championships will mirror the IOC decision to include this event in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Moguls 2017 Visa Freestyle International World Cup at Deer Valley Photo © Steven Earl

Slopestyle at Park City Mountain
Snowboard Slopestyle and Ski Slopestyle are similar competitions and will use the same course at Park City Mountain. Similar to a skate park, competitors ride and ski down a course with a variety of obstacles, including rails, jumps and other snow terrain features. Points are scored for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. Ski Slopestyle made its debut in the World Championships for the first time in 2011 at Park City Mountain.

Parallel Snowboard Racing at Park City Mountain   Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom are dual snowboard racing competitions. These events are raced on more narrow boards than their distance halfpipe and Slopestyle boards, with the riders feet facing more downhill on the mount. The competition is simple – first to the bottom wins. Did you watch Ester Ledecká win gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang? Watch her again as she and the top Snowboard racing athletes as they zoom down the 2002 Winter Olympic Games course at Park City Mountain.

“Halfpipe qualifications
2015 Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, UT
Photo © Melanie Harding”

Ski & Snowboardcross at Solitude
Both Snowboardcross and Skicross are events that involve multiple athletes simultaneously racing down a hill at the same time using speed and skill to make it over cambered turns, various types of jumps, berms, rollers, drops and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders’ and skiers’ ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. The races are set up into qualifying rounds, with the top two athletes continuing onto the finals.

Our hearts are with our hometown athletes!
For a full listing of when and where competitions will take place, click here. We at Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris hope to see you as wide-eyed as we will be watching the world’s best give it their all. How lucky are we to have the FIS World Championships right in our hometown? We’re wishing all of our local athletes who will be competing the very best runs of their lives!

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