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A longtime host to the world’s best freestyle skiing athletes, Deer Valley Resort will once again welcome the Visa Freestyle International, a FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup event, to its slopes February 1 – 4, 2012. This event will mark the tenth Freestyle World Cup that Deer Valley has hosted, in addition to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and two FIS Freestyle Ski World Championships, making the resort a celebrated mecca for the international freestyle community. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of hosting the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at Deer Valley.
Deer Valley became involved in the process of bringing the Olympics to Utah in 1990 when, as resort President Bob Wheaton tells it, “We supported the Olympic movement because it made sense. We were looking for skier days. We put our hands up at a meeting and suddenly we were in!” An eight-foot sign was erected at the top of Deer Valley’s Big Stick ski run that read “America’s Choice for the 1998 Olympics.” However, Salt Lake City ended up losing the 1998 Games to Nagano, Japan by four votes. Then in 1995, Salt Lake City won the bid for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Deer Valley’s existing Know You Don’t ski run served well for the slalom course but the mogul course on Champion ski run and the aerial course on White Owl ski run had to be built from scratch. The venue has been used for freestyle events every year since!