The Road to Sochi: Park City Mountain Resort Hosts Olympic Qualifying Event

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By Snow Travelista \ January 13 2014 \ 0 Comments

Tension is high for athletes competing at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Olympic Qualifying Event, hosted at Park City Mountain Resort, January 17-18, 2014. For many it will be that last chance for them to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Some of the best freeskiiers in the world will compete in the Slopestyle and Halfpipe events At Park City Mountain Resort. The competition includes both men’s and women’s events with winners being named each day. The Slopestyle event will be held in King’s Crown terrain park while Halfpipe will be in the Eagle Superpipe.

Because freeskiing is debuting at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the first ever U.S. Freeskiing Team hasn’t officially had a name. A naming ceremony will be held following the competition on January 18th accompanied by festivities and a free on-mountain concert by O.A.R.

The good news, this event is FREE and open to the public. What a cool opportunity to see top-level athletes who will likely compete at the Olympics a few weeks from now.  This is an opportunity to witness history! If you can’t find a sitter, get a doctor’s note for work, or find some other way to attend, both the finals and award ceremonies will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.

You can see the full schedule of the weekend's events HERE.




Erika Wiggins is a writer with a passion for travel, adventure sports, and good coffee. She first visited Utah on assignment to learn to ski. Three months later, she packed up and moved to Utah to ski The Greatest Snow on Earth every season. Today she scours Utah’s ski-scene looking for inspired vacation ideas and tricks to make each visitor’s stay extraordinary. Planning an exclusive getaway or need a resort with childcare or other specific amenities? Ask her for advice. Erika shares tips and inspiration with visitors from across the United States and the world. She is Ski Utah’s travel guru.