Park City to host 2019 World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships
The 2019 World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships were awarded to Park City, Utah, on Thursday.
Park City, which hosted 2002 Olympic ski and snowboard events, was the only bidder for the event. It also hosted the 2011 World Freestyle Ski Championships, where ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe were on display before the sports were added to the Olympic program.
World Championships for freestyle skiing and snowboarding have always been held at separate sites, but they will be combined starting next year in Kreischberg, Austria, and again in 2017 in Spain.
The U.S. has never hosted the World Snowboarding Championships before.
World Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships have included ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle, aerials, moguls, ski cross and snowboard cross, Alpine snowboarding and big air. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association wants to add big air to the Olympic program.
The U.S.’ next major winter sports World Championship is the 2015 World Alpine Skiing Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colo. The 2019 World Alpine Skiing Championships were also awarded Thursday, to Are, Sweden.