An innovative bid that featured a partnership between Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort has resulted in the Utah community being awarded the International Ski Federation World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding in 2019.
The ongoing legal shenanigans between Vail Resorts (Canyons) and Park City Mountain Resort are not expected to affect the hosting as the collaboration has been in the works for quite a while. The event will go on regardless of who owns which resort in the future.
The decision came down during the FIS Congress in Barcelona, Spain and will bring the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to Park City in February 2019. Park City is home base of the U.S. Ski Association.
“The 2019 World Championships will be a major global event featuring the largest showcase of winter action sports outside the Olympics,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Woods. “Our partnership with FIS and other athletic governing bodies, together with the state of Utah and Park City community – especially Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City resorts – will help to shape this as an historic event in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding.”
Traditional freestyle skiing events of moguls and aerials will be held at Deer Valley with halfpipe, slopestyle and big air skiing and snowboarding at Park City. Skicross and snowboard cross events will be held at Canyons.
The championships will be broadcast in the U.S. through the USSA’s partnership with NBC Sports Group, with a global audience in Europe, Asia and other worldwide markets.
Vail and Beaver Creek resorts will host the World Alpine Championships next winter, so the Park City event marks the second time in four years the FIS will have brought one of its major championships to the American west. Utah hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Photo: USSA President Tiger Woods (left) and Chairman Dexter Paine explains the Park City bid and plans to Swedish Secretary-General Niklas Carlson in Barcelona (USSA)