Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, is making a bid for the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships.
The posh resort hosted the World Championships in 2003 and 2011, and, if they get the 2019 event, they’ll earn the bragging right of being the venue of choice every eight years.
"I think it'd be huge," Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley president and general manager, told the Park Record. "So far we've done World Cups every year, the 2002 Olympics, the 2003 and 2011 World Championships - the support is town-wide. It's the atmosphere that everybody in town brings to the event."
Deer Valley will make the bid for the World Championships when the FIS (International Ski Federation) meets in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of May.
In the meantime, Deer Valley will walk the talk once again March 28-30, 2014 by hosting the U.S. Freestyle Championships. Actually, the Championship moguls and dual moguls were at DV in 2008. Aerials took place at the Utah Olympic Park and the superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort.
This year’s nationals were scheduled to be held at Heavenly Resort in Calif. for the second year in a row, but the lack of adequate snowfall for a while in the Tahoe region prompted the move to Utah.
Two-time Olympians Ashley Caldwell (aerials) and Pat Deneen (moguls), and 2014 Olympian Bradley Wilson (moguls) are expected to be among those vying for the U.S. title in the final freestyle event of the season.
Photo: Deer Valley bids for 2017 World Freestyle Championships (Jill Adler)
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