Get ready! The 2019 World Championships in snowboard, freestyle, and freeski will be held February 1 -10, 2019 in the Wasatch Mountains in Park City and Solitude. Each venue will develop their own unique elements to celebrate the competitions that they respectively host and these unique elements will thus contribute to a greater celebration of the World Championships. Never before have all of these sports come together in such an historic location.
If you need a refresher on skicross (I did!), both Snowboardcross (SBX) and Skicross (SX) are events that involve multiple athletes simultaneously racing down a hill at the same time using speed and skill to make it over cambered turns, various types of jumps, berms, rollers, drops and steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' and skiers’ ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. Both competitions will take place on the same course at Solitude Mountain Resort in 2019 with one obvious difference: Snowboardcross is with riders; Skicross is with skiers. The race is set up into qualifying rounds, with the top two athletes continuing onto the finals. Traditionally, Snowboardcross includes qualifying rounds of four or six racers at a time; Skicross limits qualifying rounds to four racers.
Snowboard Halfpipe (SB HP) and Ski Halfpipe (FK HP) have a long history at Eagle Halfpipe at Park City Mountain including the Olympic debut of Snowboard Halfpipe at the 2002 Olympics and the World Championships Ski Halfpipe at the 2011 World Championships. The 2019 freeskiing and snowboarding halfpipe events will both take place on a 22 ft snow pipe with athletes jumping up to 24ft above the lip of the pipe. These events are scored by judges with one overall impression score based on the following criteria: execution of tricks, variety of tricks, difficulty, pipe use, and amplitude.
Freeskiing Big Air (FK BA) and Snowboard Big Air (SB BA) will be held at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain. For the first time in the history of World Championships, Freeskiing Big Air will be included as a medal event. This inclusion at 2019 FIS World Championships will mirror the IOC decision to include this event in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.
All events are FREE and open to the public. Check out the full schedule of events - and keep an eye out for me in the crowd. I'll be the one with the cowbell!