FWQ Adult Athlete Registration Reminders for 2018
Please read these important reminders and registration dates for IFSA/FWQ Adult Freeriders. Welcome to Winter 2017-2018!
At the IFSA, we'd like to officially welcome you to winter. Please read these helpful reminders to brush up on registration and get ready to register for the upcoming Revelstoke IFSA/FWQ 4* event! To answer further questions, please refer to our HANDBOOK.
As a general reminder, the following competitive Freeride opportunities currently exist for adult athletes in North America:
These events are open to FWQ adult athletes and points earned are awarded towards Freeride World Tour qualification. The amount of points awarded is dictated by the level of event, 2*, 3*, or 4*. Events with a higher star value indicate the potential to earn more points at that event. (Winning a 4* event will award more points than winning a 2* event.) For point tables, please refer to the IFSA/FWQ Region 2 Rules and Tools Guidelines. Entry into 3* and 4* events is primarily dictated by athlete position in the 52-week Seeding List which determines who is awarded invitations. (See info below).
The CFS (Collegiate Freeride Series) is designed to allow young Freeriders to gain more experience in big mountain competition while allowing Member Schools to build points towards overall collegiate titles. The FWQ License is open to athletes 25 or younger as of December 31st. If an athlete wishes to build points for the CFS National Titles, they must be a current student at a Member School and obtain an FWQ Collegiate Tour License. Note that in addition to earning FWQ points, athletes with the FWQ Collegiate Tour license will also accrue points for their university.
AS ALWAYS DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL TO AN FWQ FREERIDE EVENT UNTIL YOUR REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED! Being added to the waitlist is NOT confirmation of an invitation.
IFSA & FWQ REGISTRATION PROTOCOLS:
3* AND 4* REGISTRATIONS
Registrations for 3* and 4* events take place on Member Pro, OPENING approximately 6 weeks prior to each scheduled event. Registration will CLOSE 4 weeks prior to the event and invitations will be sent shortly after. At the time of initial registration, ALL athletes are added to a waitlist until invitations are issued when registration closes. If you do not receive notice that you are confirmed for the event, you are still on the waitlist. You may check your status at any time by logging into your FWQ account HERE. When invitations are extended by email, confirmed athletes have three days to withdraw their invitation or the credit card on file will be automatically charged for the registration fee and the invitation will be confirmed.
3* AND 4* EVENT INVITATIONS
Invitations to 3* and 4* events are based upon an athlete's position on the 52-week Seeding List and will be extended once registration closes, based on the relative rank of athletes on the waitlist. Order of registration does not impact likelihood of an invite if you are a ranked athlete. As a ranked athlete, you may register at any time during the registration window, 6 to 4 weeks before the event.
Unranked athletes are much less likely to be invited to 3* and 4* events. But if all ranked athletes have been invited and confirmed, unranked athletes will be invited in order of registration. Thus, registration order DOES matter for athletes that are not currently ranked on the 52-week Seeding List.
FWQ 2* REGISTRATIONS
EFFECTIVE DEC 30, 2017 - REVIEW THESE CHANGES MADE TO THE REGISTRATION PROTOCOL FOR IFSA/FWQ 2* Events - CLICK HERE
Registration for IFSA/FWQ 2* events will now be based on a lottery system. THE ORDER IN WHICH YOU REGISTER FOR 2* EVENTS WILL NO LONGER IMPACT YOUR PROBABILITY FOR INVITE. Registration for the Lottery Pool Waitlist for all IFSA/FWQ 2* events will open approximately 6 weeks prior to the event date, remain open for 2 weeks, and close 4 weeks before the event date. (For exact dates, check IFSA event pages.)
When registration closes, a randomized lottery will be conducted to determine the list of invited athletes for each division. For more detailed information: CLICK HERE. If registration is fill with a waitinglist, riders wishing to register after the registration close date WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. If the event does not sell out by the registration closing date, registration and the waiting list will reopen.
IFSA 2017 JUNIOR ATHLETES
A NOTE ON ALL WAITLISTS
When you add yourself to a waitlist for ANY event, your credit card will be authorized for the registration amount. Depending on your bank's policies, this could place a pending charge on your account. This does not mean you are confirmed or have paid for the event. No funds are transferred until your invitation is confirmed. Note that upon receiving an invitation, athletes have 48 hours to cancel their registration. If you do not initiate a cancellation, you will be confirmed and your card will be charged for the registration fee within 48 hours of recieving an invitation by email.
Please stay tuned to the IFSA website event calendar and each individual event page for additional details.
Email reminders about registration will also be sent to all IFSA/FWQ licensed adult athletes.
Registration for all 2017-2018 season events will kick off with Revelstoke. Check IFSA event pages for current event info and updates. The schedule below includes all competitive opportunities for the IFSA/FWQ Series in North America.
IFSA/FWQ 4* REGISTRATION DATES
- REVELSTOKE IFSA/FWQ 4*: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: January 10-12, 2018)
- CRESTED BUTTE IFSA/FWQ 4*: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: February 9-11, 2018)
- TAOS IFSA/FWQ 4*: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 1-2, 2018)
- KICKING HORSE WRANGLE THE CHUTE IFSA/FWQ 4*: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 8-10, 2018)
- CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN IFSA/FWQ 4*: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 21-24, 2018)
- KIRKWOOD IFSA/FWQ 4*: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 30 - April 1, 2018)
IFSA/FWQ 2* REGISTRATION DATES
- CANADIAN OPEN FREERIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: January 22-24, 2018)
- GRAND TARGHEE IFSA/FWQ 2*: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: January 25-28, 2018)
- CRESTED BUTTE IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: February 9, 2018)
- K2 BIG MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: February 24-25, 2018)
- TAOS IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: February 28, 2018)
- SMUGGLERS' NOTCH EXTREME SKIING CHALLENGE IFSA/FWQ 2*: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 4, 2018)
- KICKING HORSE WRANGLE THE CHUTE IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 6-7, 2018)
- KIRKWOOD IFSA/FWQ 2*: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:00 PM MST
(Event Date: March 29, 2018)