Visitors and locals who planned to catch the action at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in early February just got a bonus.
Slopestyle skiing, an event that challenges skiers with terrain park structures, has been added to the championship that will be held at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain resorts Feb. 2-5. The event comes just as the International Olympic Committee is testing out slopestyle skiing as a potential addition to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Slopestyle qualifications are set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Park City's King's Crown Terrain Park. The finals go off Friday at the same venue. Halfpipe competition goes off at Park City, while aerials, moguls, and ski-cross will be held at Deer Valley.
The decision follows the U.S. championships at Copper Mountain where, for the first time on the Grand Prix tour, snowboarders and skiers competed at the same venue.
"(These) potential Olympic events mirror what is taking place at virtually every winter resort," said Bill Marolt, CEO of U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding, in a letter to the editor of the Vail Daily. "Tens of millions of kids around the world are spending their on-mountain time in feature-filled terrain parks, riding over obstacles and dropping into pipes."
Skiers already participate in the domestic Revolution Tour's events of halfpipe, slopestyle, and cross.