International Ski Federation (FIS) released 2013 World Cup Ski and Snowboarding Schedule, with a record number of 33 events in the U.S.
Seven experienced US Ski Resorts will play host to 33 World Cup competitions in alpine, freeskiing, freestyle and snowboarding.
Many of the events will start phases of international qualifying for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. This season will set the stage for U.S. Olympic Team selections in the following 2013-2014 season.
“Our U.S. resorts will play a key role in the lead up to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in 2014 with strong World Cup events that will form the basis for our team selection,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt said.
Also, new Olympic events in freeskiing and snowboarding will be placed into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
The season opens with 17 World Cup events in Colorado in late November and early December. This includes resorts in Aspen and Beaver Creek to host events like the traditional opening Audi FIS Alpine World events.
Telluride Mountain Resort will host both a snowboardcross and skicross World Cup in December. This is the first time snowboarding and skiing has been paired together.
Lake Placid, NY and Utah’s Deer Valley Resort will host traditional freestyle World Cup stops in January and February.
Finally, the Sprint Grand Prix will return to the World Cup. Copper Mountain, Colo. will host the halfpipe and slopestyle in freeskiing and snowboarding during December. Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort will host the halpipe in freeskiing and snowboarding events in January.
“The additional sanctioning of Sprint U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe and slopestyle events as World Cups brings the Olympic qualifying process to established events in the sport that are among the most highly recognized in the world,” U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Executive Vice President Luke Bodensteiner said.
Below is the upcoming 2012-2013 U.S. World Cup Schedule:
Nov. 24-25 – Nature Valley Aspen Winternational, Aspen, CO, women’s giant slalom, slalom
Nov. 30-Dec. 2 – Audi Birds of Prey, Beaver Creek, CO, men’s downhill, super G, giant slalom
Dec. 5-8 – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, halfpipe, slopestyle (slopestyle pending final FIS inspection)
Dec. 13 – Audi FIS Skicross World Cup, Telluride, CO, skicross
Jan. 10-13 – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, Park City, UT, halfpipe
Jan. 17-19 – Lake Placid Freestyle Cup, Lake Placid, NY, moguls, aerials, aerials
Jan. 31-Feb. 3 – Visa Freestyle International, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT, moguls, dual moguls, aerials
Dec. 5-8 – Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, halfpipe, slopestyle (slopestyle pending final FIS inspection)
Dec. 14-15 – U.S. Snowboardcross Cup, Telluride, CO, snowboardcross
Jan. 10-13 – Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Park City, UT, halfpipe