2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain
What sets Ski Cross apart from other sports, including alpine skiing, is the fact that skiers race head to head down the course.
Ski cross courses have both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including jumps, rollers and high-banked turns.
The unique combination of technically-challenging terrain and head to head racing makes Ski Cross a thrilling spectator sport.
A timed (single skier) qualification round seeds skiers into the head to head ‘final heats’. Each heat consists of four racers going head to head, with the aim of finishing first. The top 2 in each heat advance to the next round until just 4 skiers remain. The final heat is a single run where the first skier to the finish line wins.
Having already established itself as a hugely popular action-packed and adrenaline-fueled TV sport, Ski Cross made its Olympic debut as a medal sport at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver-Whistler.
Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor won a historic gold medal in the first ever Olympic women’s Ski Cross races in Vancouver. Since that time the Canadian Team has been one of the best in the world with multiple World Cup, World Championship and Olympic medals to their credit.
The 2017 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain will be the final race of the World Cup season where, in addition to racing for the win at Blue Mountain, the season’s top athletes will be presented with the FIS World Cup trophies, the iconic ‘crystal globes’.
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