World Cup Ski Cross will be returning to Ontario's Blue Mountain Feb. 10-11, as part of the FIS Freestyle World Cup schedule.
Canadian Olympic gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor and teammate Chris Delbosco, a three-time World Cup winner, will headline a star-studded field at Blue Mountain Resort when they host the Rockstar Grand Prix World Cup Ski Cross.
The event will follow the FIS Freestyle World Championships at Deer Valley, Utah. Showcasing the world's best cross racers - including Canadian World Cup, World Championship and 2010 Winter Olympic medalists - Canada's medal-winning ski cross athletes will be racing in front of a home crowd for the second time at Blue.
Ski cross combines the thrill of freestyle skiing with downhill ski racing. It pits four athletes against each other as they race down a technically demanding course featuring artificial and natural rollers, jumps, banked turns and tabletops. It's an exciting single elimination format where competitors reach speeds of 70km/hour. Only two of the four athletes advance to the next round in this spectator-friendly, yet, very competitive event.
It's expected this will be one of the most watched events of the winter season at the resort.
Blue Mountain, located along the southern shore of Lake Huron's Georgian Bay, stretches for a couple miles along the Niagara Escarpment offering panoramic views of the bay and historic community of Collingwood. Its 720-foot/220-meter vertical drop is the largest in the eastern Great Lakes. The resort has an Intrawest village, 36 trails ranging from beginner to double black diamond, two terrain parks, a super pipe, and 14 lifts, including four high-speed express chairs.