Schedule Change Brings Snowboard, Freestyle World Cup Events Together in Park City Midwinter
Things just got a bit more interesting for World Cup freestylers and their fans, as now, athletes in halfpipe, moguls and aerials will be vying for victory on the same mid-winter weekend in the Park City area.
Organizers pushed back the World Cup halfpipe event at Park City Mountain Resort from Dec. 21-22 to Feb. 1-2, saying that they wanted the resort’s Olympic-level halfpipe to be in the best shape possible. By doing so, a pair of World Cup competitions in freestyle skiing and snowboarding will overlap and have some events going on simultaneously.
On Jan. 31-Feb.2 , the world’s best aerialists and mogul-ers convene at closely Deer Valley Resort, which has become a regular on the Visa International World Cup tour. This year’s competitition includes both individual and dual moguls for ladies and men on Deer Valley’s lighted course – the same hill as in the 2002 Olympics.
At about the same time, halfpipers of both varieties will be crankin’ it up on Park City Mountain Resort’s 22-foot, Olympic-caliber structure by the base village. Snowboard finals will be Feb. 1, with skiing finals the next day.
These events comes under the aegis of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix which, for the first time this season, is hosting World Cup events on its schedule.
Canyons Resort joins in later in the year as the final stop of the Grand Prix tour. On Feb. 25-March 1, the nation’s best skicross and snowboardcross competitors will go head-to-head in FIS NorAm competitions, the level below World Cup.
Photo: Park City Mountain Resort