Copper Mountain World Cup Events Canceled Due To COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to make the coming winter more and more difficult for all those involved, the competition world sees more World Cup events canceled in the United States. The 2020/2021 FIS Freeski and Snowboard World Cup events scheduled for Copper Mountain, CO. on December 17-19 have been canceled.

“While it’s unfortunate that we are unable to host World Cups at Copper Mountain this season, we understand that the resort must prioritize regular ski and ride operations throughout the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “U.S. Ski & Snowboard would like to express gratitude to everyone at Copper Mountain for their dedication, planning, and collaboration throughout the planning process for these events. We remain hopeful and confident in our ability to work with our resort partners for the remaining domestic World Cups planned for this season.”

With Copper's projected opening day of November 30th right around the corner, the mountain has decided to make guest skiing and riding opportunities a priority. As state in a press release from U.S. Ski & Snowboard, "Copper Mountain is focused on working through season readiness, risk mitigation, as well as executing an adaptable plan they can scale based on local and state health regulations."

U.S. Ski & Snowboard has stated that they are working closely with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and other domestic resort partners to find replacements for the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix and the Visa Big Air that were to be held at Copper.

As for the rest of the American FIS World Cup events, including the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort, Utah, planned for Feb. 4-6, and the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., planned for Feb. 3-6, decisions concerning the go-ahead or cancellation of each will be determined for each one individually. Those decisions will be based on local and state guidelines and restrictions pertaining to health and travel.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard recognizes that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted areas of the country in different ways, and therefore specific event information will be forthcoming as each local organizing committee works through its specific protocols with local and state health officials. All events are contingent on local and state health department approvals based on existing and future COVID-19 rules and regulations. FIS, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, local organizing committees, and host venues are taking a unified approach consistent with guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.

 Related: North American Audi FIS World Cup Alpine Events Canceled For 2020/2021 Season

Photo: Brita Sigourney/Freeski finals at the Land Rover U.S. Grand Prix at Copper - Credit: U.S. Ski & Snowboard


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