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.
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.
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 not always open 6 weeks prior to event day. This is due to a changing Covid-19 environment. DO NOT ASSUME REGISTRATION WILL OPEN 6 WEEKS PRIOR, ALWAYS CHECK EXACT DATES.
- 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.
JANUARY 2021 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES
- 2021 Grand Targhee IFSA FWQ 2*
Registration Opening Date: January 25 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: February 8 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 4-6
FEBRUARY 2021 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES
- 2021 Big Sky IFSA FWQ 2*
Registration Opening Date: February 11 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registraiton Closing Date: February 25 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 24-25
- 2021 Big Sky IFSA FWQ 4*
Registration Opening Date: February 12 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: March 3 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 26
- 2021 Smugglers Notch IFSA FWQ 2*
Registration Opening Date: February 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: March 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 5
- 2021 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 4*
Registration Opening Date: February 23 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: March 2 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 30
- 2021 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 2*
Registration Opening Date: February 25 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: March 4 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 29
MARCH 2021 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES
- 2021 Breckenridge IFSA FWQ 2*
Registration Opening Date: March 1 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registration Closing Date: March 8 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 16
- 2021 Snowbird IFSA FWQ 4*
Registration Opening Date: March 1 @ 5:00 PM MST
Registraiton Closing Date: March 8 @ 11:59 PM MST
Event Date: March 18
For questions regarding FWQ Competitive Freeride, please reach out to the IFSA.