It’s a joy whenever one’s home country is selected to host an international event highlighting a sport that is held dear to the heart. And since this blog is focused on the joys of skiing and the accomplishments of skiers, you should have no problem figuring out where exactly this post is going.
Recently, the US has been selected by the International Skiing Association to host the 2019 World Championship for freestyle, freeskiing, and snowboarding. The news came from across the Atlantic, from Barcelona, Spain (as reported by Team USA’s official site). This particular bid was unusual by international standards- Even though the United States is hosting these events, the bid itself was put forward by three Utah resorts acting as one: Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort. Utah is also no stranger to hosting winter events. Remember the Salt Lake City Games? They also have served as a hub for the weeks leading up to the winter olympics for the past four groups of US Olympic delegation. The Championship will take place in just under five years, in February 2019. The official start date is on the tenth day of that month, and spectators can expect to see the very best skiers and snowboarders compete in twelve events during that ten day period.
Not only is the United States Skiing Association (USSA) linking up with Park City Resort for the event, but Utah Sports Commission and the Park City Chamber/Bureau are going to be working together in order to ramp up buzz for the event. The blitz of PR will hopefully bring hype to both domestic and international markets. Not that skiing enthusiast need all of the extra advertising, because we’re already pumped up enough as it is.
In order to assure spectators and athletes alike that only the best competitors will be coming to the States to compete in the World Championship, the USSA is partnering up with other sporting associations (namely Association of Freeskiing Professionals and TTR World Snowboard Tour) to insure top quality competition will be a go. And if anyone is unsure about the USSA’s ability to convert their efforts into tangible results or be a huge influence on the world state, just look to the winter Olympics- it was integral to the addition of halfpipe skiing, slopestyle skiing, and slopestyle snowboarding to the games. Oh, and those events will be included in the 2019 championships as well. Consider it an awesome way to celebrate and watch a diverse set of skiing events: moguls, aerials, halfpipe events, and more.