PARK CITY, UTAH (Jan. 5, 2023) – This February, Paralympic athletes from around the world will gather in Park City for the 34th Annual Huntsman Cup. The free event is hosted by the National Ability Center, a leading non-profit organization that provides world-class adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures for individuals and families of varying abilities and backgrounds. The Huntsman Cup is an Alpine ski racing event sanctioned by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS). The event will be held from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3 at Park City Mountain.
“Several of our athletes this year will be competing days prior to the event at the World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Whether coming from competing in an international competition or staying in Europe to compete in additional World Cups, we are confident our high-performing athletes will bring added excitement to this year’s Huntsman Cup and all their events this winter season,” said Erik Leirfallom, High Performance Para Alpine Head Coach.
Sponsored by Vail EpicPromise and Park City Mountain, this three-day competition builds technical racing skills while serving as the first national cup event of the season. Giant Slalom races are scheduled for Feb. 1 and 2, followed by two, two-run Slalom races on Feb. 3. As the location for the 2002 Winter Olympics and potential bid for an upcoming Games, Park City is known as a year-round resource for outdoor recreation and continues to be the perfect location to attract internationally known skiers and athletes. Several returning national team members will be hitting the slopes at Park City Mountain including Matthew Brewer, Saylor O’Brien and more, in addition to new talent.
“The Huntsman Cup is an exciting, free event for locals to come experience all the magic that the National Ability Center has to offer – it really doesn’t get better than this, watching these top athletes do what they do best. With talent from all backgrounds, the Huntsman Cup will showcase athletes that unite the adaptive skiing community and the adaptive nation at large,” said Danny Glasser, CEO of the National Ability Center. “It’s through gracious partnerships with organizations such as Park City Mountain and Vail EpicPromise that enable us to produce such a leading-industry event year after year. We are beyond grateful to all the locals and visitors alike that come out to cheer on the athletes and volunteer at this signature competition. We look forward to everyone joining us for another terrific Huntsman Cup.”
The Huntsman Cup team is looking for volunteers with race experience to get involved by volunteering as timers, course slippers or gate keepers. Additional volunteer opportunities are available on the volunteer portal. Those interested are also welcome to email [email protected]. For more information on the Huntsman Cup, visit discovernac.org/huntsman-cup.
About the National Ability Center
The National Ability Center provides world-class adaptive recreation and outdoor adventures for individuals and families with disabilities, physical, cognitive, and developmental, including competitive athletes, youth, veterans, and more. Rooted in Park City, UT for over 37 years, with an additional facility in Moab, the National Ability Center empowers participants by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through inclusive programming and activities such as alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, horseback riding, cycling, swimming, rafting, archery, among others. With Vail’s EpicPromise as the National Ability Center’s largest annual community partner, NAC is globally recognized as a leader in adaptive sports. For more information, visit www.discovernac.org.