SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT TO HOST U.S. GRAND PRIX/FIS SNOWBOARD WORLD CUP AND FIS SKICROSS NORAM CUP

December 5 2016

SOLITUDE MOUNTAIN RESORT, BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, UTAH (December 2016) – Solitude Mountain Resort is set to host a U.S. Grand Prix/FIS Snowboard World Cup and FIS Skicross NorAm Cup January 19-22, 2017, as part of a test event for the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships. The event will be the second stop of the U.S. Grand Prix tour for the 2016-17 season and the first major international skiing and snowboarding competition Solitude has hosted.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced in August that Solitude Mountain Resort had been awarded the snowboardcross and skicross events for the 2019 FIS Freestyle, Snowboard and Freeski World Championships, the second largest international skiing and snowboarding event behind the Olympic Winter Games. As such, the resort will now be one of three resorts in the Wasatch Mountains to host the world’s best freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding athletes. Deer Valley Resort will host aerials, moguls and dual moguls, and Park City Mountain will host halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding and freeskiing.

The January 2017 U.S. Grand Prix at Solitude will feature skicross, snowboardcross and team snowboardcross events Thursday, January 19, through Sunday, January 22. All races will take place on a course built on Wall Street and Main Street runs that will finish adjacent to the base of Apex Express chairlift and the Village at Solitude.

“This is an exciting time to showcase what Solitude has to offer to international skiing and snowboarding industry,” said Kim Mayhew, Solitude Mountain Resort general manager. “A lot of preparation and work has gone into hosting the U.S. Grand Prix test event and will provide valuable experience in advance of the 2019 World Championships. Hosting these events further demonstrates the variety and access to world-class skiing available in Utah.”

A complete schedule of the U.S. Grand Prix/FIS Snowboard World Cup and FIS Skicross NorAm Cup is available at skisolitude.com/winter-activities/us-grand-prix-fis-world-cup. For more information about the events at Solitude Mountain Resort, please contact Emily Summers, senior communications manager for Deer Valley Resorts at 435-645-6522 or emily@deervalley.com. Additional resort information is available at skisolitude.com. Members of the media may complete a press accreditation form at: http://skisolitude.com/grand-prix-press-accreditation-form.

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Solitude, a Deer Valley Resort, is a pure, authentic and untarnished Utah territory. Serene or extreme, there's nothing between you and the perfect mountain day. Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah, the resort offers eight chairlifts, 77 runs, three bowls and 500 annual inches of snow spread over 1,200 acres for skiing and snowboarding.

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