An aerials athlete trains during an early season camp at the Utah Olympic Park. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard / Greg Heuer)
PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 4, 2017) – The nation’s best freestyle skiers will compete for national titles this spring at the 2018 U.S. Freestyle Championships. Aerials competitions will take place at the Utah Olympic Park followed by moguls at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort.
The Utah Olympic Park, home to the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool and the 2002 Olympic ski jumping and nordic combined sites, hosts a myriad of aerials events each season, including pre-season camps and NorAm competitions. The aerials U.S. championships is scheduled for March 9-11. The reigning aerials champions are Kiley McKinnon (Madison, Conn.) and Mac Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.).
The moguls U.S. championships will be returning to the East Coast for the first time since 2012. Competition is scheduled for March 20-24 and will feature moguls and dual moguls. Morgan Schild (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jaelin Kauf (Alta, Wyo.) are the reigning women’s moguls and dual moguls champions. Hunter Bailey (Vail, Colo.) will be looking to defend both the men’s moguls and dual moguls titles.
“Designed by Olympian Tom Corcoran, Waterville Valley Resort is an event mountain,” said President and General Manager, Tim Smith. “As the birthplace of freestyle skiing, we have a long standing history and dedication to events and athletes of this caliber and are excited to continue our support through this partnership.”
“We are proud to have the Utah Olympic Park and Waterville Valley Resort on board to host the freestyle community this spring,” said Todd Schirman, U.S. Ski & Snowboard Freestyle Program Director. “Both sites are committed to putting on world class events for our athletes and we are looking forward to bringing moguls nationals back east.”