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Roster of FJWC riders unveiled!

Roster of Freeride Junior World Championship riders unveiled!

The FJWC is just around the corner! Check out the complete roster of the best junior riders in the world competing at the most important event in Junior freeride!

On February 5, 2017, the ski resort of Grandvalira, Andorra, will welcome over sixty youth riders aged 15-18 for the most prestigious junior championship event in the sport of freeride. The earthshaking level of talent that made last year’s event unforgettable will once again face off at the Pyrenean epicenter of freeride.

Young skiers and snowboarders have earned their invitation for this championship by their past results in Freeride Junior events and will represent over 15 nations hailing from Europe, North America, and Oceania.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 2017 Junior NORAM Champs Event Host

We are thrilled to announce that Kirkwood Mountain Resort will host our 2017 Junior Series NORAM Champs the week of April 3, 2017.

To bring the Junior NORAM Championship to Kirkwood means a great deal to the local community, who has loyally supported a long tradition of world-class freeride competition. Kirkwood has bred some of the most successful big mountain competitors in the world including Craig Garbiel, Josh Daiek, and Hazel Birnbaum. Kirkwood and its surrounding peaks contain massive amounts of challenging terrain, suitable to testing the skills and knowledge of freeriders. From Vista Ridge to the famous Cirque and beyond, the mountain will welcome the most talented young freeriders in North America.

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Junior Athlete 2017 Event Registration Information

REMINDER

You must renew or purchase your IFSA Junior Membership before you can register for any 2017 freeride events.
Click HERE to activate your annual membership! 

A few reminders and notes about how to register for 2017 Junior IFSA events:

We will be using the same 3-phase registration process for National Series events, all other Junior Regional events will offer open registration:

  • Prequalified Registration
  • Team Quota Registration
  • Open Registration

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Adult Athlete 2017 Event Registration Information

REMINDER

You must renew or purchase your 2017 membership before you can register for any 2017 freeride events. Click HERE to purchase your annual membership! Ensure you have a valid license before you attempt to register for any events.

DO NOT book your travel until you are invited and confirmed for an event. 


NORTH AMERICAN ADULT COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

  • The IFSA Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) Series events are open to adult athletes over the age of 18 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. (i.e. winning a 4* event will earn you more points than winning a 2* event.) Entry into 3* and 4* events is primarily dictated by athlete position in the 52 week seeding list (More info below).

  • Our Collegiate Series is open to athletes who are 18-24 years of age OR full time students. These events also earn points towards FWQ ranking at the 2* level, but competitors must fit the collegiate athlete requirements to compete. Collegiate IFSA licenses are also valid for the FWQ event series, but simply allow the IFSA to track your collegiate ranking. 

  • If you were a Junior IFSA Athlete in 2016, your membership information and login were sent from MemberPro. You already have a profile that will include points from your results as a junior athlete. If you have not received login information yet, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obain login information.

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SASS Backcountry Education Scholarships

IFSA is excited to announce SASS Backcountry Education Scholarships. Our Education Partner, SASS Global Travel will be handing out a $300 scholarship to an IFSA competitor at four upcoming junior events. These scholarship funds can be used toward any backcountry based education course in any location. Options include using the money towards Avalanche Courses, Wilderness First-Aid Courses, specific Rescue Certifications, Outdoor Leadership Courses or anything you can come up with that will make you a stronger, more knowledgeable and safer backcountry skier or snowboarder.

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The Young Guns Tour in POWDER Magazine

The Freeride World Tour continues to be influenced by rookies

Originally Printed in POWDER Magizine - March 01, 2016 By Abbie Barronian

Marquee Image: Logan Pehota is just 20 years old, but he’s already making an impact on the big stage, currently ranked first overall on the Freeride World Tour. Photo: Dom Daher

During his first run on the 2015 Freeride World Tour, 21-year-old George Rodney launched a 100-foot backflip to his head. He was a rookie, after all, and this was his first stop on the tour. Multiple helicopters filmed his run from all angles, and he was competing against seasoned veterans, some of whom had competed on the FWT longer than he’d had a driver’s license. Excitable, young, talented, and a little inexperienced, he wanted to make an impression.

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Freeride Team Travels to British Columbia and Wyoming

by Peter Noon

Day 1

After a 20-hour drive, the Western Freeride Team arrived at Red Mountain, British Columbia for the first stop of the Collegiate Freeride Series. In contrast to the generally thin snowpack in Colorado, the team was welcomed with deep powder, full coverage, and ultimately one of the best starts to a freeride trip ever! Many members of the team are either returning for another season at Western or freshman that are moving up from the junior ranks.

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Freeride Junior World Championships POSTPONED to Saturday

Difficult weather prevented the snow on the competition face from coming into safe rideable condition.

Grandvalira, Andorra – Thursday, January 28, 2016 – After two days of perfect spring snow conditions, a chilly breeze combined with high clouds and an obscured sun were present this morning on the Tossa de Caraup face in Grandvalira, Andorra – the site of the 2016 edition of the FJWC. The fifty-nine young riders representing fifteen countries remained positive as forerunners Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) and Joaquin Vena (ARG) descended very hard snow which was not able to sufficiently soften due to the high clouds and breezy conditions on the face.

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2016 Freeride Junior World Championships WEATHER DELAY

The second edition of the Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) in Grandvalira, Andorra is dropping in just 2 days! Join us in the Pyrenees mountains for the most important event in Junior Freeride.

THURSDAY 1/28/16 - Event Weather Delay - Stay Tuned for Details

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