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2023 FWQ Adult Athlete Registration Reminders

Welcome to the 2022-23 Competitive FWQ Season! Please read about these important reminders and add these registration dates to your calendar. 

 


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  • As a general reminder, the following competitive Freeride opportunities currently exist for adult Freeride athletes in Region 2.
  • For further information or questions, refer to the FWQ Athlete Handbook - CLICK HERE


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, 1*, 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 1* 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 and an individual Global Seed List position, athletes with the FWQ Collegiate Tour license will also accrue points for their affiliated university. An athlete with a CFS FWQ membership will earn points toward their ranking/FWT qualification in addition to points allotted to their member school. 

Team Captains of Member Schools MUST complete this contact form - CLICK HERE

 

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 to compete in the IFSA Junior Series. It’s up to you to decide if you’d like to compete as a junior or adult. Which month your birthday falls may be a factor in your decision; 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 NON-REFUNDABLE 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. 



1* EVENT REGISTRATION PROTOCOL

  • Registration for FWQ 1* events takes place on MemberPro.
  • Registration times will open roughly six weeks prior to the event day
  • Registration periods will always be posted on the IFSA Event Pages
  • Registration for FWQ 1* events is offered on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended to register swiftly after the registration opening to secure your place in the event. 


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

  • Registration for FWQ 2*, 3*, and 4* events takes place on MemberPro
  • 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.

 

4* FWQ FINALS SERIES

  • Registration for the 4* FWQ Finals Series is offered by INVITATION ONLY. 
  • This series of 3 events takes place in January and February and culminates in a final event that dictates which riders qualify to the Freeride World Tour. The 2022-23 FWQ Finals Series will include Stop 1: Revelstoke , Stop 2: Kicking Horse, and a final Stop 3: Crested Butte. Points earned at the FWQ Final at Snowbird will dictate which IFSA athletes qualify to the 2024 Freeride World Tour.
  • Following tabulation of results from the FWQ 4* at Crystal Mountain on March 7 , 2023, top ranking athletes will be issued invitations to the FWQ Finals Series.

 

 

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 2022-23 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES


  • 2023 Magic Mountain IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 14 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 25 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 22

  • 2023 Revelstoke IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 14 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 25 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 22

  • 2023 Revelstoke IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: December 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 27 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 24

  • 2023 Steamboat IFSA FWQ 1*
    Registration Opening Date: December 16 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 29 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 23

  • 2023 Red Mountain IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 17 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: December 31 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 28 and 29

  • 2023 Mont Edouard IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 17 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: Decmber 31 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: January 28 and 29
  • 2023 Kirkwood IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: December 19 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 2 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: Feb 2

  • 2023 Solitude IFSA FWQ 1*
    Registration Opening Date: December 22 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 5 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 2
  • 2023 Copper Mountain IFSA FWQ 3*
    Registration Opening Date: December 26 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 9 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 6
  • 2023 Val D'Irene IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: December 31 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 14 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 2



JANUARY 2022-23 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES

  • 2023 Breckenridge IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 4 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 18 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 15 and 16
  • 2023 Stowe IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 13 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 27 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 24

  • 2023 Mont Adstock IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 7 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 21 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 18

  • 2023 Smugglers' Notch 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

  • 2023 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 2* (and collegiate)
    Registration Opening Date: January 16 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 30 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 27

  • 2023 Crested Butte IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: January 17 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: January 31 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: February 28

  • 2023 Kirkwood IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 18 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: Feb 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 1
  • 2023 Eaglecrest IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 20 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 3 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 3-5

  • 2023 Crystal Mountain IFSA FWQ 4*
    Registration Opening Date: January 23 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 6 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 7

  • 2023 Crystal Mountain IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 26 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 9 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 6

  • 2023 Grand Targhee IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 26 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 9 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 9-12
  • 2023 Massif Du Sud IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: January 28 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registration Closing Date: February 11 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 11

 


FEBRUARY 2022-23 FWQ REGISTRATION DATES

  • 2023 Snowbird IFSA FWQ 2*
    Registration Opening Date: February 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: March 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 29

  • 2023 Snowbird IFSA FWQ 4* FINAL #3
    Registration Opening Date: February 15 @ 5:00 PM MST
    Registraiton Closing Date: March 1 @ 11:59 PM MST
    Event Date: March 29


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