A Guide to the FIS World Championships

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Watch Athletes Become Champions—For Free—at the FIS World Championships

Snowboard halfpipe finals 2018 Toyota U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Aspen/Snowmass, CO Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard

The snow is here, winter is in full swing, and the biggest wintersports event in the Beehive State since the 2002 Winter Olympics is about to begin–and you can attend for free. Athletes from 36 nations around the world will convene in Utah February 1–10 to compete in the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle, and Freeski World Championships.

These aren’t your neighborhood park rats; the very best in the world will be front and center on Utah’s stage, competing for the most coveted title in their sport: World Champion. It’s an incredible opportunity to see them flip, fly, and bolt in the largest wintersports competition of the year.

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AFP Freeski slopestyle finals 2018 Toyota U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Aspen/Snowmass, CO Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski & Snowboard

Whether you’re an aspiring athlete looking for inspiration from your idols, or just a local who wants to check out the event, all 10 days are packed with things to do. And perhaps the best part of it—the events are completely free and open to the public. You can also attend the opening and closing ceremonies, live music, vendor and sponsor villages, an art exhibit, fireworks, and the High West USA House for no charge and with no tickets required. There is something for everyone so bundle up and join in on the fun.

FIS World championship winners

Jonathon Lillis and Ashley Caldwell proudly swept gold in aerials at Freestyle World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Sierra Nevada – Pepe Marin)

Tips for attending the FIS Freestyle World Championships

bulletproof coffee at fis freestyle world championships

Get FREE Bulletproof Coffee in the Vendor Village. Open to the public from 9 am -4 pm daily from Feb 6 – 10.

 

  • Parking is limited at the venues, and attendees are encouraged to use buses and public transportation. Park City Buses run free and frequently between all of the venues, Kimball Junction, and Main Street. Get detailed schedules here: com/parking-buses-and-transportation
  • Safety is a top priority at these events. Attendees will be required to go through security checkpoints at every event. It is strongly recommended not to bring bags, as this will delay you at checkpoints. Leave pets, weapons, alcohol, drugs, and drones at home.
  • This is winter in Utah: dress appropriately to stay warm. Wear layers, hats, and gloves, and boots to keep your feet dry. Most spectator areas will not have heating, so be smart and come prepared for the cold. If it’s sunny, lather on some sunscreen so you don’t end up with raccoon eyes.
  • Looking to caffeinate before heading to the slopes? Grab free hot coffee and cold brew from Bulletproof Coffee in the Park City Vendor Village February 6–10 from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • The first three days of the FIS World Championships overlap with the end of the Sundance Film Festival. It’s an exciting time to be in Park City but plan ahead for traffic congestion and large crowds.
  • If you’re not able to make it to the festivities in person, tune in on NBCSN and the Olympic Channel to catch the action from the comfort (and warmth) of your own home. Check local listings for scheduling.
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Freeski slopestyle qualifiers 2018 Toyota U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Aspen/Snowmass, CO Photo: U.S. Ski & Snowboard

 

FIS Schedule of Events

Plan your trip with our complete list of events.

Friday, February 1

11:00 a.m. Snowboardcross Final

Solitude Mountain Resort

 

Saturday, February 2

1:00 p.m. Skicross Final

Solitude Mountain Resort

 

6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

Canyons Village at Park City Mountain

 

7:00 p.m. Free Ski Big Air Final

Canyons Village at Park City Resort

 

Sunday, February 3

11:00 a.m. Team Snowboardcross Final

Solitude Mountain Resort

 

Monday, February 4

1:00 p.m. Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

Tuesday, February 5

1:00 p.m. Snowboard Parallel Slalom Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

7:00 p.m. Snowboard Big Air Final

Canyons Village at Park City Mountain

 

Wednesday, February 6

11:00 a.m. Freeski Slopestyle Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

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Aerials 2018 FIS Visa Freestyle International in Deer Valley, Park City Photo: Steven Earl Photography

7:00 p.m. Freestyle Aerials Final

Deer Valley Resort

 

Thursday, February 7

7:00 p.m. Freestyle Team Aerials Finals

Deer Valley Resort

 

Friday, February 8

11:00 a.m. Snowboard Halfpipe Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

7:00 p.m. Freestyle Moguls Final

Deer Valley Resort

 

Saturday, February 9

11:00 a.m. Freeski Halfpipe Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

7:00 p.m. Freestyle Dual Moguls Final

Deer Valley Resort

 

Sunday, February 10

11:00 a.m. Snowboard Slopestyle Final

Park City Village at Park City Mountain

 

4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies and Fireworks

Park City, Lower Main Street

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Heather was born and raised in northern Utah, and considers the mountains to be her home. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah, and works for UofU Health. When she has free time, you can find her traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, rock climbing, or exploring the hiking trails and ski runs in her native state.

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