Why haven't I been admitted into an FWQ 4* event?


For our most difficult and prestigious event level, the FWQ 4* Series events, invitation priority is awarded to those with the highest ranking on the FWQ Global Seeding List.

If you have a lower ranking, are an unranked rider without a competition history, or haven’t competed in the last year, you will most likely not be awarded an invitation to a FWQ 4* event. Unranked riders are bumped down the waitlist below ranked riders and are awarded registration priority in the order in which they register. Thus unranked riders have the lowest likelihood of gaining entry to an FWQ 4* event. Riders typically begin at FWQ 2* Series level events to establish a ranking, thereby increasing the chance of being awarded an invitation to a subsequent FWQ 3* or 4* event.

To determine the number of invites for each FWQ 4* division at any particular event, we use a formula that takes an equal percentage of riders from each division in relation to the amount of riders that applied to compete.

If we had 100 spots available, and 200 people applied, and 20 of those were male snowboarders, then we would award this division 10 spots.

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