The iconic FIS World Cup Crystal Globe (Getty Images/AFP - Fabrice Coffrini)
HIGH1 RESORT, South Korea (June 1) – A record number of U.S. World Cup events are on tap as the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced its 2013 World Cup ski and snowboarding event schedule. Seven experienced American resorts will play host to 33 World Cup competitions in alpine, freeskiing, freestyle and snowboarding. Many of the events will kickoff the initial phases of international qualifying for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games and will set the stage for U.S. Olympic Team selection in the following 2013-14 season, including integration of new Olympic events in freeskiing and snowboarding into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
A record 33 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup competitions will be hosted by seven U.S. resorts in 2013-14.
The season will open with a string of 17 World Cup events in Colorado in late November and early December.
Colorado resorts in Aspen and Beaver Creek will host traditional opening Audi FIS Alpine World Cup events in late November and early December.
Telluride Mountain Resort will host both a snowboardcross and skicross World Cup in December, the first U.S. skicross World Cup since 2010 and the first time snowboarding and skiing have been paired together.
Lake Placid, NY and Utah’s Deer Valley Resort will host traditional freestyle World Cup stops in January and February.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will return to the World Cup with halfpipe and slopestyle skiing and snowboarding at both Copper Mountain, CO in December and Utah's Park City Mountain Resort in January.
QUOTES Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association 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.
Luke Bodensteiner, Executive Vice President, Athletics, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association 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.
2012-13 U.S. WORLD CUP SCHEDULE ALPINE 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
FREESKIING Dec. 5-8 – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, halfpipe Dec. 13 – Audi FIS Skicross World Cup, Telluride, CO, skicross Jan. 10-13 – Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, Park City, UT, halfpipe
FREESTYLE 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
SNOWBOARDING Dec. 5-8 – Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Copper Mountain, CO, halfpipe Dec. 14-15 – U.S. Snowboardcross Cup, Telluride, CO, snowboardcross Jan. 10-13 – Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, Park City, UT, halfpipe