Melbourne, Australia, June 5–With the 2002 Olympics just a seasonaway, United States resorts will host a record 42 World Cup events nextwinter in every ski and snowboard sport for the first time in history,the International Ski Federation announced Saturday. Theacross-the-board diversity focuses on preparations at the Olympic venuesas well as traditional alpine, nordic and snowboard sites.
The announcement came on the final day of the International SkiFederation (FIS) Congress in Melbourne.
As usual, the alpine World Cup schedule will open the continuous racingportion of its season Nov. 16-19 at Utah’s Park City Mountain Resortwith a slalom and giant slalom for men and women. The women move on toAspen, Colo. – returning to the schedule after a one-year absence – forsuper-G and slalom during Thanksgiving Weekend while the men’s tour willbe in Beaver Creek, Colo., for a downhill and super G Dec. 2-3. The menreturn to the USA for inaugural World Cup races on the Olympic downhillcourse at Snowbasin, near Ogden and north of Salt Lake City; a downhilland super G are planned for Feb. 24-25.
A “Nordic Festival” is scheduled for two weekends in January tointroduce international skiers to the jumps at Utah Olympic Park at BearHollow on the outskirts of Park City and the cross country trails atSoldier Hollow in the Heber Valley, east of Park City. Cross countryraces are set for Jan. 10-14 at Soldier Hollow with a pair of 120-meterjumping contests Jan. 19-20 at Utah Olympic Park and two nordic combinedevents Jan. 19-21 on the Olympic facilities. The nordic combinedschedule, which normally stops in Steamboat Springs, Colo., in December,visits Steamboat in January next season – Jan. 26-28 for two moreevents.
Freestyle will include two stops, each with the Olympic events, mogulsand aerials – Jan. 6-7 Deer Valley Resort in Park City and Jan. 26-28 atSunday River in Maine. Thursday, FIS announced Deer Valley had beenselected to stage the 2003 World Freestyle Ski Championships.
The snowboard World Cup schedule includes stops at March 1-4 at ParkCity Mountain Resort, the Olympic venue for parallel GS and halfpipe.
Alpine World Cup races – downhill, super G, GS and slalom – fordisabled men and women will be held Feb. 26-March 4 at Snowbasin, whichwill be the venue for all alpine during the Paralympics.
“This will be not only an exciting season but historic in a lot ofways,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO BillMarolt. “For the first time, we’ll have World Cups in seven sports inthe USA. It’ll be a terrific opportunity to perform on most of theOlympic venues and for the American public to see the athletes who’llbring us Olympic success in 2002 in Utah.”
A recap of World Cup events:
Nov. 16-19 – Park City Mountain Resort (UT) – men’s and women’s SL/GS(4 races)
Nov. 24-25 – Aspen (CO) – women’s super G/slalom (2 races)
Dec. 2-3 – Beaver Creek (CO) – men’s DH/SG (2 races)
Jan. 6-7 – Deer Valley Resort (UT) – men’s and women’s moguls/aerials(4 events)
Jan. 10-14 – Soldier Hollow (UT) – men’s and women’s cross countryraces (6 races)
Jan. 19-20 – Utah Olympic Park (UT) – 120-meter ski jumping (2 events)
Jan. 19-21 – Utah Olympic Park (UT) – nordic combined (2 events)
Jan. 26-28 – Steamboat Springs (CO) – nordic combined (2 events)
Jan. 26-28 – Sunday River (ME) – men’s and women’s moguls/aerials (4events)
Feb. 24-25 – Snowbasin (UT) – men’s DH/SG (2 races)
Feb. 26-March 4 – Snowbasin (UT) – men’s and women’s disabled alpineDH/SG/GS/SL (8 races)
March 1-4 – Park City Mountain Resort (UT) – men’s and women’ssnowboard PGS/halfpipe (4 events)