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IFSA Junior Series Community Updates + Series Changes

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer advisory boards and their proposals to our Board of Directors, we've made some changes to the IFSA Junior Series to address a few issues and work towards a smoother competition season for our IFSA Junior Series. Please read this article to be informed! 

Please take time to familiarize yourself with changes made to our Junior Series for the 2018 season and help us spread the word to fellow parents, coaches, teams, and athletes. Cheers to a great season in 2018! For a complete rundown of all information pertinant to the IFSA Junior Series, please refresh yourself by reading our Junior Event Series Guidelines

Age Division Cutoff Dates Have Been Simplified

In order to prevent mistakes when uploading rankings information after each competition and minimize confusion the age parameters for each Junior Division in 2018 have been simplified.

  • Athletes 11 years of age or younger on December 31, 2017 will compete in the U12 category for the 2018 season.
  • Athletes 12-14 years of age on or prior to December 31, 2017 will compete in the 12-14 age category for the 2018 season.
  • Athletes 15 years of age or older on December 31, 2017 will compete in the 15-18 age category for the 2018 season.*

*Info For 18-Year-Olds: As an 18-year-old, you are allowed to compete in the IFSA Junior Series until you turn 19 OR you may declare your intent to graduate and enter the IFSA/FWQ adult series. As an FWQ Adult, you can continue to participate in our amazing Freeride community and possibly qualify for the Freeride World Tour.

Know that if you wish to compete as an adult at the FWQ level, you cannot then go back and compete as a junior. At the beginning of the season, you must decide if you’d like to compete as a junior or adult. The day you turn 19, you are no longer eligible to compete in the IFSA Junior Series.

Should you compete as a 15-18 junior and receive an invitation to our NorAm Championship in April, if you turn 19 before that date, you will not be eligible to compete.

Calculation of Regional Finishes for Athlete's Overall Ranking

Based on feedback from our Coach's Advisory Board, an athlete's OVERALL ranking will be calculated as follows:

  • The best 2 of 3 Nationals Series finishes will be counted. (Same as last year)
  • The best TWO of an athlete's FIRST THREE Regional Series finishes will be counted.
  • Athletes may compete as often as they choose out of region, HOWEVER, only ONE out-of-region finish will count towards the overall ranking score. This finish must also be one of the first 3 competitions an athlete enters to count toward overall ranking score.
  • Athletes may compete in as many regional events as they like (EXCLUDING the Far West -TJFS and Rockies Region - which have their own policies)

Alaska To Be Part of PNW Region

Alaska has been merged with the Pacific Northwest Region. Due to the low densities of athletes and events our Board of Directors made a motion that was approved to merge AK with the PNW region.

Selection Process for NorAm Championship Remains Unchanged

The selection process for invitations to the IFSA Junior North American Championships remains unchanged for 2018. Please see the IFSA North American Junior Event Series Guidelines for a complete explanation and insight into this process.


Don't forget about the AMAZING discounts we've secured for all active IFSA Members. 

2018 Partners

  • GearDryer - 15% Discont on GearDryer + Free Shipping ($50 value)

    Tried and tested by the IFSA Admin Team, the GearDryer system is an incredible asset to any active family's home. Control the temperature setting, customize the dryer portals, and select the run time to dry wet gear of all shapes and sizes. No dryer exists that can beat the performance, durability, and customization of the GearDryer units. The IFSA highly recommends this product! 

  • Strafe Outerwear - 20% Discount Strafe Outerwear

    At home in the mountains, Strafe is an athlete-owned company out of Aspen, Colorado. Strafe crafts modern mountain apparel that will not compromise fit, style, or quality.

  • ChopShop Co - 15% Discount on a ChopShop edit

    ChopShop can create an awesome action video edit with all that freeride footage you shot on your GoPro last season. Editors take your footage and music to craft an adventure film in the style of your choosing. ChopShop delivers a handmade film you can share to Instagram, Youtube, or Facebook. Stop waiting around and get that banger edit made!

  • Backcountry Access - 20% Discount on one item per category per IFSA member

    As the IFSA's avalanche education sponsor, Backcountry Access (BCA) is dedicated to educating our Freeride community about making sound decisions in avalanche terrain. With the IFSA's emphasis on safety and fun, BCA is committed to making our sport safer. Look for free clinics and educational opportunities at a handful of IFSA events this season!

  • SASS Global Travel - Discount will be announced in Spring of 2018

    SASS's quest is to share their passion for travel and progression by providing athletes with a path to reach the next level on snow. SASS provides thrilling travel itineraries around the globe while creating a supportive community and environment for personal growth and progression. 

  • HEAD - Discount of 30% for Freeride Gear

    IFSA Freeriders can enjoy 30% off all Head's Freeride products, simply click the 'Head' text above to submit an application. Use your IFSA membership number in the field for FWT Member ID.You will find discount codes for the companies above in the email sent to you from the IFSA titled: IFSA Junior Membership Open! 

If you are a new IFSA athlete or cannot locate your email with discount codes, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and provide your name and IFSA membership number.

Have a great winter! 

2017 IFSA North American Champions

  • Backcountry Access
  • IOA Insurance Services
  • SASS Global Travel
  • Never Summer
  • Stohke
  • Flyin Ryan Hawks
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  • Big B's
  • The Avalanche Project
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