Welcome to 2020 - IFSA Info for 2020 Athletes

Read up on our 2020 WELCOME TO WINTER letter to athletes, parents, and coaches...

see our 2020 handbooks for further information***

Dear IFSA Freeride Family,

As our Freeride community rapidly expands, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the amazing mountains, coaches, event organizers, and volunteers that have supported and helped us to sustain the growth of this grassroots sport. In 2010, the IFSA sanctioned just 4 junior Freeride events with 250 Freeride athletes. In the 2020 season, we expect to sanction over 90 events and cheer for over 3,500 junior and FWQ competitors!

The growth of our sport has been nothing short of amazing. As we continue to foster the IFSA Junior series and better support our FWQ Adult events, we strive to create a a pathway to Freeride world domination in partnership with the Freeride World Tour.

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Supported by our volunteer board of directors, the IFSA Junior and FWQ Adult series is run by just two part-time employees, Lexi and Brian. We’ve lately been focusing on expanding and mandating coach certification and membership to make our events safer and ensure continued liability insurance coverage. We’ve massively upgraded our scorekeeping system and dedicated a lot of resources to producing media in 2019. We are currently working hard to establish better consistency between FWQ events by elevating the production value of our 4* events, adding more FWQ 3* stops, and bringing new host mountains on board.

Our Board of Directors volunteered countless hours this summer at our annual summit in Winter Park to evaluate our growth, make a few rule changes, and implement a new rule to mandate back protectors during all competition runs. As we grow and evolve, we are committed to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment that fosters a love of winter sports, community, and camaraderie.  

To help our small organization this winter, we ask that you attempt to answer any questions you have and avoid sending us an email if possible by consulting our trusty 2020 Handbooks, checking with coaches, or visitng the appropraite event webpage under the EVENTS tab here on our website. If you have event-specific questions, please contact the event organizer listed on the official IFSA event webpages. During the winter months, we can get as many as 150 emails a day, it helps our part-time staff of 2 if you can avoid sending extra emails so we can update scores, conduct registration, support event organizers, and manage our event coverage. Of course, we are always happy to help, but please avoid sending us an extra email if your question can be answered by the handbook, reading your email, asking a coach, or an event organizer.

Below we have outlined 6 additional ways to contribute or help the IFSA in our mission to support athletes. We ask that you take some time to consider a contribution in one of these areas. We are grateful for your endless support and passion!

CLICK HERE for 2020 IFSA Junior Series Schedule
CLICK HERE for the 2020 Junior Series Changes

CLICK HERE for 2020 FWQ Series Schedule
CLICK HERE for the 2020 FWQ Series Changes

We're PSYCHED about the upcoming season and can't wait to hit the slopes. Here's our 2019 highlight reel to get you amped!

Keep the Vibe High,

Lexi Dowdall

Director of Freeride - Americas Region

Brian Cole

IFSA/FWQ Freeride Coordinator - Americas Region



1. Just Smile

Please take a moment to help the IFSA generate effortless donation dollars with every Amazon.com order. Amazon.com will donate a small percentage of any order you place through the smile.amazon.com portal.

Use the buttons below to immediately activate AmazonSmile IFSA donations, or click the second button for step-by-step instructions.

CLICK HERE to ACTIVATE your AmazonSmile
CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions

2. Enhance Your Style

A donation of $575 to the IFSA will score you a completely custom, one-of-a-kind, limited edition WhatVest!

These nifty ski and snowboard utility vests are perfect for stashing snacks, backcountry gear, water, extra layers, and your action camera + accessories. By supporting the IFSA, you can sport a UNIQUE WhatVest this winter!

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place your order and customize your WhatVest. Click here to take a look.
This LIMITED TIME fundraiser will close Dec 1, 2019.

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 3. Sport Your Freestyle

We've got the GEAR!

As in years past we will award IFSA swag for those who donate to our organization. Check out the different gear and cool packages on our website. There will also be the option to add a donation package during membership renewal. CLICK HERE to shop and donate.



Giving Tuesday

4. Mark Your Calendar

Join the big time thrill of GivingTuesday on Dec. 3rd, 2019 by supporting the IFSA. Don't forget to mark your calendars for this special day of giving. Rally your Freeride buds, friends, and teammates to support IFSA too! We'll be announcing a limited edition, ONE TIME ONLY collaboration with the Shane McConkey Foundation. More details to come...

Don't worry—we’ll send you a reminder.

5. It's Business Time

An easy way to support IFSA is through a Corporate Contribution plan. Your employer may have an opportunity to give through the United Way or other direct NFP support. Simply identify IFSA as the recipient of your annual contribution with the following information.

IFSA EIN: 27-4002959
PO Box 635 Littleton, CO 80128

 6. Your Hours Are Ours

VOLUNTEER! If you help your local hill or club/team during an IFSA-sanctioned event, some employers will match your volunteer hours with a donation to the same nonprofit. Check it out, see if your company provides this benefit. Track your hours, and submit! Get in touch with the IFSA for any necessary details or paperwork. Thanks for your time!






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