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PARK CITY — Next month, Park City will be packed with pro skiers and snowboarders from all over the world for what officials are saying will be the largest winter sports event to take place in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) and U.S. Ski & Snowboard, in partnership with the Utah Sports Commission, will be hosting the Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, which will be held at Deer Valley, Solitude Mountain and Park City Mountain resorts.
Approximately 1,400 athletes from 40 different countries will travel to Park City to compete in a number of different winter sport competitions, according to a U.S. Ski & Snowboard news release. The event will run from Feb. 1-10 and will be free and open to the public.
The first of multiple ski and snowboard competitions will be the snowboardcross finals, slated to start Friday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Solitude. There will also be skicross, halfpipe, big air, freestyle, mogul and aerial competitions.
Each country is expected to select their FIS World Championship teams within the next three weeks, the news release said.
This large event comes just after the Sundance Film Festival, another large event for the state, which runs from Jan. 24 -Feb. 3.
The two events will not overlap due to the FIS championships starting out on the Wasatch Front at Solitude Mountain Resort, and moving to Deer Valley and Park City resorts just as Sundance ends, according to the Park City Chamber of Commerce Communications Director Dan Howard.
Howard doesn’t yet have a figure for how many will attend the winter sporting event, but said that during Sundance “we always expect to be 100 percent filled in terms of occupancy in hotels.”
Find out more about the event and times, as well as the athletes who will be participating, by visiting the FIS website.
Nakisha Rigley is currently a junior at Weber State University majoring in public relations and interning as a news writer with KSL.com.