Basic info and schedule for the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) Events in North America for the 2016 season.

2016 FWQ Schedule

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February 26, 2016 until February 29, 2016

Categories: IFSA/FWQ 4 Star Events

From March 04, 2016 until March 06, 2016

Categories: IFSA/FWQ 4 Star Events


March 14, 2016 until March 18, 2016

Categories: IFSA/FWQ 4 Star Events


March 25, 2016 until March 27, 2016

Categories: IFSA/FWQ 4 Star Events

Judging Criteria used by the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA)

Judging Categories

  1. Line Choice: Each competitor chooses his/her line or route down the course. High scores are given for choosing difficult routes. Difficulty is determined by steepness, exposure, air, snow and course conditions.
  2. Control: Competitors must remain in control at all times. Any loss of control will result in a lower score. Skillful recoveries will reduce penalties.
  3. Fluidity: Constant direction towards a goal. This includes continuity, pace, and smooth transitions between sections of the course. Falling or stopping can have a negative impact in this category.
  4. Technique: Competitors are judged on style and turn quality relating to big mountain freeriding.
  5. Style & Energy: This encompasses the pace, energy and creativity with which a competitor attacks or descends his/her chosen line or route. Style focuses on freestyle execution of maneuvers.

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