Deer Valley Hosting Four World Cups in Three Days
Canadian FreeStyle Ski Association – Mogul skiers and aerialists will be competing in two events each
Dear Valley, Utah – Deer Valley Resort will be hosting a total of four FIS Freestyle World Cups this week for mogul skiers and aerialists. Deer Valley has been hosting multi-day World Cup events since 2007.
In 2015, Mikaël Kingsbury was the sole Canadian male to reach the podium in Deer Valley winning both the single and dual moguls events. The native of Deux-Montagnes, QC, has won all three FIS World Cups this season and the last 10 of 11. Kingsbury has also won the single moguls event in Deer Valley four consecutive times.
“We really love competing in Deer Valley because of how big the crowds get there and the atmosphere is always great competing at night,” said Kingsbury. “I could not have asked for a better start to the season so far winning in Ruka, Val Saint-Côme and Calgary. I’m feeling pretty good about my season and I hope it continues this week. I’m looking forward to being pushed by my teammates and the other competitors from around the world.”
Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC) won the dual moguls event last year and finished second to American KC Oakley in singles. Chloé Dufour-Lapointe joined her sister on the podium in the single event with a third place finish.
The two sisters currently sit 1-2 in the FIS World Cup standings – Chloé holds a slight 36-point lead after winning the last World Cup in Calgary.
“I’m really looking to be consistent this week and to be 100% ready for both events,” said Chloé Dufour-Lapointe. “That’s not always easy with two events back-to-back. But I’m feeling good and mentally focused for it. Having a big crowd there pushes us to put on a good show. It’s amazing seeing how many people come out to watch. The course is always amazing too. I’m excited to be there.”
The single mogul event takes place on Thursday, February 4 and the dual moguls events on Saturday, February 6. A full schedule can be viewed here.
The following Canadian mogul skiers are expected to compete.
Men: Mikaël Kingsbury (Deux-Montagnes, QC), Philippe Marquis (Quebec City, QC), Gabriel Dufresne (Repentigny, QC), Brenden Kelly (Pemberton, BC), Jordan Kober (Penticton, BC)
Women: Chloé Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Justine Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe (Montreal, QC), Alex-Anne Gagnon (Terrebonne, QC), Andi Naude (Penticton, BC), Audrey Robichaud (Quebec City, QC), Julie Bergeron (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Travis Gerrits / Photo: Chad Buchholz/FIS