The course was successfully tested during the 2012-13 FIS Freestyle World Cup season in February. Feedback from the
World Cup athletes was almost overwhelmingly positive, according to the FIS.
The course has been designed and refined over the past four years and has been specifically sculpted into the slopes of
Rosa Khutor. It has a vertical drop of 210 meters and is 1,300 meters in length, with an average grade of 16 percent. It contains some 25 different features, including nine turns.
FIS Freestyle Skiing Race Director Joe Fitzgerald has high expectations for the sophomore outing of the Olympic ski cross
competition. “Ski cross had a great introduction in Vancouver, and since then we’ve had four years of experience to learn
from and refine the sport,” he says. “As well, we have more time and more extensive resources than ever before to develop a
really spectacular course at the Sochi Games, and we expect the competition to showcase that. At the Olympic test event last
February we received nearly unanimous feedback from the athletes on the quality of the ski cross facility, and from that we
bring great confidence to the upcoming Games that the ski cross event will be a highly competitive and exceptionally exciting
event once again, with lots of passing, big jumps, and intense head-to-head competition.”