Deer Valley Resort Readies For 2011 World Freestyle Ski Championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 26, 2009 7:17 pm

The annual stop at Utah’s Deer Valley Resort is one of the shining highlights on the FIS World Cup Freestyle ski tour. The events always feature fireworks, top bands like Michael Franti and Spearhead, and performances by the world’s best athletes, including World Champions (and DV podium stars) Ryan St. Onge (aerials) and Pat Deneen (moguls), among others.

As Park City is the headquarters for the U.S. Ski Team, you may even catch Lindsey Vonn amidst the massive crowd—that is, if she’s around. Regardless, the Deer Valley World Cup is always a favorite among athletes and locals alike, so when the resort first announced its candidacy for the 2011 FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships, the ski gods rejoiced. “Deer Valley is the premiere stop on the FIS World Cup for freestyle skiing,” said Chief of Competition Konrad Rotermund.

Deer Valley Events Manager Carrie Budding was on hand at the recent FIS meetings in Croatia, and presented a draft of the World Champ’s schedule to officials. As usual, plans are seamless, and all engines are go. “We feel very close to the freestyle community through our annual World Cups and it’s an honor to be hosting this event,” Budding said.

The rough schedule has the World Champ’s kicking off on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, and running through Sunday, Feb. 6. Competitions will take place Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 2-5 with a mix of daytime and night events.

Although Deer Valley will play host to the world’s best, the resort will partner with Park City Mountain Resort for the halfpipe event (as has been done for the World Cups). Aerials and moguls will be held as usual at Deer Valley on the Olympic courses, along with skier cross on Solid Muldoon. The skier pipe will take place at the 2002 Olympic snowboarding superpipe site.

All locales have seen their share of history: Jonny Mosely’s Dinner Roll, the 2002 Olympic snowboarding half-pipe medals trifecta, and the first skier cross World Cup run in America… If our U.S. Team Athletes continue to kick ass as they’ve been doing, we’re sure Deer Valley and Park City will be ripe for the books again in 2011.

photo: USSA