Park City: The Final Stop for Freeskiing on the Road to Sochi is Park City On January 17-18, 2014 (Friday and Saturday), Park City Mountain Resort will host the Visa/U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix and Olympic Qualifying Event, which takes place at King’s Crown Park.

Park City also hosts the official naming ceremony for the U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team on Saturday, January 18.

Both Halfpipe and Slopestyle events will be held on Friday, January 17 and Saturday,

January 18. At the event, you’ll witness the world’s best freestyle skiers in action as they twist, turn, and perform freestyle acrobatics that you don’t want to miss. Some of the world’s best freeskiers are expected to compete in both events including, Tom Wallisch, Bobby Brown, Nick Goepper, David Wise, and Devin Logan.

The Olympic freesking events in Park City will include Halfpipe and Slopestyle skiing. In the Halfpipe competition, you’ll see athletes perform a lot of fun tricks like somersaults, flips, grabs, and twists. Halfpipe skiing has been around for a while, but it’s fairly new to the Olympics.

The Halfpipe is a well-groomed wall of snow built and groomed for freestyle skiing. In fact, Park City’s Eagle Superpipe was one of the first 22-foot-long pipe built in North America.

In the Slopestyle event, athletes perform on a slope with different types of obstacles, such as rails, quarter-pipes, and jumps. Both Halfpipe and Slopestyle disciplines were added to the Olympics in 2011—where both men and women now compete in these events.

The freeskiing competitions will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. The winners for both events will be crowned on each of those days (Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18).

Don’t miss the events on January 17 and 18, as the competitions are final opportunity for athletes to qualify for Olympics in Kochi, Russia.

The following is a tentative schedule for the events on Friday and Saturday at King’s Crown Park

Friday, January 17

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.    Slopestyle Qualifiers

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.    Slopestyle Finals #1

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.      Halpipe Qualifiers

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.      Halfpipe #1

Saturday, January 18

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Slopestyle Qualifiers

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Slopestyle Finals #2

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.       Halpipe Qualifiers

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.       Halfpipe #2

O.A.R. Performance and Olympic Team Announcement

This event is the final opportunity for athletes from several countries, including the United States, to qualify for the countries’ Olympic freeskiing teams in each country. Immediately following the competition’s conclusion on January 18, PCMR hosts the official naming ceremony for the first ever U.S. Olympic Freeskiing Team. The festivities also include a free on-mountain concert with O.A.R.

About Jim Bizily

I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.