The world’s most prestigious athletic competition outside of the Olympics will be held at Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort, February 2 – 5, 2011, when the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships comes to town. Deer Valley Resort won the bid for the event in 2006, making it the only resort in North America to be awarded the World Ski Championships twice (Deer Valley successfully hosted the event in 2003.)
“We have the technical knowledge, the experience, a highly trained and talented group of volunteers and staff, a world-class venue and most importantly, the passion to host one of the highest levels of ski competitions in the world,” says Bob Wheaton, Deer Valley Resort president and general manager. “We are so honored to have been awarded the Freestyle World Ski Championships for a second time. From having hosted the World Ski Championships in 2003, we know that we are ready for the challenge. Every World Cup we’ve hosted since 2003 has provided more practice and experience in preparation for this amazing event. We’re looking forward to a great competition encourage all ski enthusiasts to come out and watch the best athletes in the world perform right here in Park City.”
“Park City Mountain Resort has a successful history hosting halfpipe events, beginning with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Our team is honored to partner with Deer Valley Resort on this historic World Ski Championships,” says Jenni Smith, president and general manager at Park City Mountain Resort. “After hosting a number of successful halfpipe competitions and building award winning terrain parks for several years, we are excited to host the world’s best skiers in our halfpipe and slopestyle venues.”
The event begins with the mogul competition on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run Wednesday afternoon, February 2, beginning at 1:45 p.m. On Wednesday night, February 2, at 7 p.m. there will also be an Opening Ceremonies celebration on Park City’s Historic Main Street including live entertainment near the Town Lift Plaza, followed by fireworks. On Thursday, the ski Slopestyle competition will take place at 9:30 a.m. at Park City Mountain Resort. The Ski Cross competition will take place Friday afternoon on Deer Valley’s Solid Muldoon ski run, beginning at 1:30 p.m., followed by the aerial competition under the lights on Deer Valley’s White Owl ski run beginning at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, the Ski Halfpipe competition will take place at 10 a.m. at Park City Mountain Resort. The event will end with the dual moguls competition at 7:30 p.m. on Deer Valley’s Champion ski run. General admission to all events is free. For those who want to enjoy an enhanced experience at the Deer Valley events, Freestyle Feast ticket packages including a commemorative gift and lunch or dinner at a slopeside tent will be available. Tickets for lunch on Wednesday or Friday are $75. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 435-645-6510, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.