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U.S. Freeskiers Face Off Against World’s Best

By Andrew Gauthier
February, 4 2019
Alex Hall Park City
Alex Hall at the 2019 FIS Freeski World Championship big air finals Saturday night in Park City. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Rocky Maloney)

The U.S. Freeski Team is set to compete against an impressive international field on Tuesday with the beginning of the slopestyle program at the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, presented by Toyota, in Park City, Utah.

The U.S. will be represented by four men and four women including defending world champion and Park City local McRae Williams (Park City, Utah), 2019 X Games gold medalist Alex Hall (Salt Lake City, Utah), and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, Ind.). Mac Forehand, (Winhall, Vt.) and Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.) will also compete.

“The course that the I Ride Park City crew put together for world champs is super fun to ride," said Williams. "There is a variety of creative rail options that flow nicely into the jumps, which is important to maintain speed on the relatively flat pitch of the slope they had to work with. The jumps themselves are very well shaped and the wide kickers make it super playful.”

For the women, Olympians Maggie Voisin (Whitefish, Mont.), Caroline Claire (Manchester Center, Vt.), and 2019 World Championships big air silver medalist Julia Krass (Hanover, N.H.) will compete. In addition, U.S. Freeski Rookie Team member Marin Hamill (Park City, Utah) will be in the running. 

Freeski slopestyle made its debut in the World Championships for the first time in 2011 at Park City Mountain’s famous Kings Crown run. Park City is home to some of America’s top slopestyle athletes and this week, they welcome the world to compete. With a beautifully built slopestyle course and a stacked U.S. roster, the World Championship slopestyle competition at Park City Mountain is one you will not want to miss. Tune in to NBC to catch all the action.

Men’s freeski slopestyle
Women’s freeski slopestyle

All times EST
*Same-day broadcast

Wednesday, Feb. 6

1:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - Olympic Channel-TV, & NBC Sports Gold
5:00 p.m. - FIS World Championships men and women’s slopestyle - Park City Mountain, Utah - NBCSN*