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2022 FWQ Adult Athlete Registration Reminders

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Competitive FWQ Season! Please read about these important reminders and record these registration dates. REGISTRATION DATES WILL BE CONTINUALLY ADDED TO THIS PAGE AS THEY BECOME FINALIZED.


*** NOTE: BACK PROTECTORS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL COMPETITION RUNS - see Section 2.18. in the FWQ Handbook.



As a general reminder, the following competitive Freeride opportunities currently exist for adult Freeride athletes in Region 2.

FWQ Series

IFSA FWQ competitive Freeride events are open to adult athletes 18 and older. Points earned are applied towards Freeride World Tour qualification and an athlete's Global Seeding List ranking. 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. (Example: Winning a 4* event will gain you far more points than winning a 2* event) For point tables, please CLICK HERE.


Collegiate Series

The CFS (Collegiate Freeride Series) is designed to allow collegiate 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 Title, 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. Any IFSA-sanctioned FWQ event will earn an athlete with a Collegiate Tour license points toward their FWT qualification and points for their Member School.


IFSA Juniors Graduating to FWQ

As an 18-year-old, you are allowed to compete in the IFSA Junior Series until the day you turn 19. Alternatively, 18-year-olds may opt to enter the IFSA/FWQ adult series, where you can continue to participate in our amazing Freeride community, accrue points for your FWQ ranking, and possibly qualify for the adult Freeride World Tour. Know that if you wish to compete as an adult event at the FWQ level, you cannot then go back and compete in the IFSA Junior Series. It’s up to you to decide if you’d like to compete as a junior or adult. Also note that the day you turn 19, you are no longer eligible to compete in the IFSA Junior Series.

Athletes who have previously competed in the IFSA Junior Series will see their IFSA junior points converted to an FWQ Global Seeding List ranking which provides registration priority according to the Global Seed List when registerin for FWQ events. See the IFSA Athlete Handbook for further information.


IFSA FWQ REGISTRATION PROTOCOLS:

AS ALWAYS DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL TO ANY FWQ
FREERIDE EVENT UNTIL YOUR REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED!

 Being added to the waitlist is NOT confirmation of an invitation. Visit the designated IFSA event page to gather information about when to expect athlete meetings, check-in, and venue inspection. If you ever have a question about the event schedule, reach out to the event host listed on the page. 


2*, 3*, AND 4* EVENT REGISTRATION + INVITE PROCESS

  • Registration for 2*, 3*, and 4* events takes place on Member Pro
  • Registration times will open roughly six weeks prior to the event day.
  • Registration periods will always be posted on the IFSA Event Pages

The registration period will be open for 2 weeks, during which all registrants are added to a waitlist. You may check your status at any time by logging into your FWQ account on MemberPro. When registration closes, invitations are issued based on an athlete’s Global Seeding List position. The relative rank of athletes on the waitlist will determine the likelihood of an event invitation.


IF YOU ARE A RANKED ATHLETE: Order of registration will not impact likelihood of an invite. As a ranked athlete, you may register at any time during the registration window, between 6 to 4 weeks before the event. Your ranking will dictate your likelihood of an invitation.

IF YOU ARE AN UNRANKED ATHLETE: Order of registration will dictate the order in which invitations are issued. If you hope to get into an event as an unranked athlete, we recommend signing up early during the 2-week registration period. Ranked athletes will be awarded invitations first; any remaining invitations will then be awarded to unranked athletes in the order in which they have registered.

If all waitlisted riders who registered during the 2-week period have been invited and invitations still remain, registration will be reopened. When invitations are extended by email, invited 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.

 

For more detailed information and complete explanation, see
Section 1.10. of the IFSA FWQ Handbook - CLICK HERE



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 receiving an invitation by email.

 

For more detailed information, see Section 1.10. of the IFSA FWQ Handbook - CLICK HERE

 



Email reminders about registration will also be sent to all IFSA FWQ licensed adult athletes.

You can also check IFSA event pages for current event info, schedule updates, and event requirements. The schedule below includes all competitive opportunities for the IFSA/FWQ Series in North America. 

 

 

DECEMBER 2021 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES


  • 2022 Revelstoke IFSA FWQ 2* 
    Registration Opening Date: December 9 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 23 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 20

  • 2022 Revelstoke IFSA FWQ 4* 
    Registration Opening Date: December 12 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 26 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 23

  • 2022 Kicking Horse IFSA FWQ 2* 
    Registration Opening Date: December 13 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 27 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 24

  • 2022 Kicking Horse IFSA FWQ 4* 
    Registration Opening Date: December 16 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 30 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 27

  • 2022 Mont-Edouard IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 18 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 29

  • 2022 Copper Mountain IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 26 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 9 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 4

  • 2022 RED Mountain IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 28 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 11 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 8-9

JANUARY 2022 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES


  • 2022 La Réserve IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 1 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 15 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 12

  • 2022 Snowbird IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 11 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 25 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 22

  • 2022 Snowbird IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: January 12 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 26 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 23

  • 2022 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 14 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 28 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 25

  • 2022 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: January 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 29 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 26

  • 2022 Smugglers Notch IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: January 16 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 13 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 27

  • 2022 Taos IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 18 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 1

  • 2022 Taos IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: January 20 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 4 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 3-4

  • 2022 Eaglecrest IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 22 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 5 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 5

  • 2022 Grand Targhee IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 27 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 10 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 10-12

  • 2022 Crystal IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: January 31 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 14 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 14

  • 2022 Crystal IFSA FWQ FINAL 4*
    This is an invite-only event. Registration information will be distributed to qualified athletes after the cut on March 6. 
    Event Date: March 15

 

FEBRUARY 2022 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES


  • 2022 Lake Louise IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: February 1 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: February 15 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 15-16

  • 2022 Aspen Snowmass IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: February 1 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: February 15 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 15

  • 2022 Jay Peak IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: February 6 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: February 20 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 20

  • 2022 Big Sky IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: February 8 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: February 22 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 22-23

  • 2022 Big Sky IFSA FWQ FINAL 4*
    This is an invite-only event. Registration information will be distributed to qualified athletes after the cut on March 6. 
    Event Date: March 24

  • 2022 Whistler IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: February 9 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: February 23 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 23

  • 2022 Kirkwood IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: February 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: March 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 29

  • 2022 Kirkwood IFSA FWQ FINAL 4*
    This is an invite-only event. Registration information will be distributed to qualified athletes after the cut on March 6. 
    Event Date: March 31

MARCH 2021 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES



 

 For questions regarding FWQ Competitive Freeride, please reach out to the IFSA.

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