The 2019 World Championships in Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski will be conducted February 1-10, 2019 on the Wasatch Mountains of Utah in the town of Park City and Solitude, Utah.
All three resorts will develop their own unique elements to celebrate the competitions that they respectively host and these unique elements will thus contribute to a greater celebration of the World Championships. Never before have all of these sports come together in such an historic location.
Ski and SnowboardCross at Solitude Mountain Resort
Snowboardcross and Skicross
Both Snowboardcross (SBX) and Skicross (SX) 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. Both competitions will take place on the same course at Solitude Mountain Resort in 2019 with one obvious difference: Snowboardcross is with riders; Skicross is with skiers. These courses are traditionally narrow width, similar to Skicross. The race is set up into qualifying rounds, with the top two athletes continuing onto the finals. Traditionally, Snowboardcross includes qualifying rounds of four or six racers at a time; Skicross limits qualifying rounds to four racers.
Top U.S athletes included seven time x-game champion Nate Holland, two time Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott, Olympic Bronze Medalist Alex Deibold and Olympic Silver Medalist Lindsey Jacobellis. However, don’t miss athletes like Hagan Kearney and Nick Baumgartner.
Freeskiing and Snowboarding at Park City Mountain
Snowboard Halfpipe (SB HP) and Ski Halfpipe (FK HP) have a long history at Eagle Halfpipe at Park City Mountain including the Olympic debut of Snowboard Halfpipe at the 2002 Olympics and the World Championships Ski Halfpipe at the 2011 World Championships. The 2019 freeskiing and snowboarding halfpipe events will both take place on a 22 ft 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.
Freeskiing Big Air (FK BA) and Snowboard Big Air (SB BA) 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.
Snowboard Slopestyle (SB SS) and Ski Slopestyle (FS SS) 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’s famous Kings Crown run. The sport then made its first Olympic run in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
Parallel Snowboard Racing at Park City Mountain
Known as the first Olympic snowboarding competition, Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) and Parallel Slalom (PSL) 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 see Ester Ledecká win gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang? Watch her again as she and the top Snowboard racing athletes as they resurrect the famous 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games course at Park City.
Moguls and 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 tecqnique 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.
The sport of moguls is about 50 years old with its first competition happening in 1971. The sport has been a part of the FIS World Cup Circuit since 1980, with its first FIS World Championships in 1986. The Champion course at Deer Valley has been acting as a host to multiple world cup events for over 17 years. This includes the 2002 Olympic Games, and two World Championships.
Aerials Freestyle skiing is the sport of high-flying acrobatic skiing that takes place on historic ski run of White Owl at Deer Valley Resort. Not only do these athletes have incredible air awareness, they also need to know how to ski. Aerial competitions traditionally consist of 8-10ft 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 potental score.