Deer Valley, USA, 30 January 2013 - Deer Valley has been hosting moguls, aerials, and the occasional ski cross event since the 2000 season, and is renowned by both athletes and fans for being a major highlight on the freestyle calender. As the host venue of the moguls and aerials events for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, Deer Valley's facilities are second-to-none, and with all manner of both literal and figurative fireworks planned on and around the hill, the weekend of 31 January-2 February promises to be one of the most exciting of the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle World Cup season.
After Wednesday's celebratory opening night featuring bands, fireworks, and a full-blown street party, things really get going on Thursday, 31 January, with the individual moguls event kicking off three nights of competition under the lights. The next day, Friday, 1 February, the world's best aerialists will take to the skies for their second night event of the season. And finally, on Saturday, 2 February, the mogulists return to the Deer Valley's “Champion” run to go head-to-head in a duals competition that's sure to tear the (theoretical) roof off of the weekend.
the Deer Valley stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup tour features three nights of moguls, dual moguls, and aerials competition under the lights and in front of thousands of fans at the venue for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games
four of the six top freestyle skiers in the world will be on hand at Deer Valley this weekend: Mikael Kingsbury (CAN), moguls, 1st overall men; Zongyang Jia (CHN), aerials, 2nd overall men; Mengtao Xu (CHN), aerials, 1st overall ladies; Justine Dufour-Lapointe, CAN, moguls, 3rd overall ladies
the host American team looks to be well-represented, with last year's overall Crystal Globe winner Hannah Kearney, two-time winner so far in 2012-13 Heather McPhie, Deer Valley local brothers Bryon and Bradley Wilson, and former world champion Patrick Deneen all slated to compete in moguls; aerialist Dylan Ferguson placed 2nd at Deer Valley last year
- more information and a detailed schedule of events is available at deervalley.com
live streaming of all events will be available at usskiteam.com