Fernie Alpine Resort is proud to announce the return of Junior Freeskiing to Fernie. This year’s event will be brand new as we have partnered with the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) to be one of their National Event stops. Fernie is one of only 3 Canadian stops on their 2013 Junior Freeski North American Tour. Winners of the Fernie event will gain points towards being the North American Junior Freeski Champion and win great prizes from our sponsors! Come out and watch some of the best junior freeskiers in North America display their skills here at Fernie Alpine Resort.
Competitors will display their skiing skills on natural terrain while being judged on 5 categories – Line Choice, Control, Fluidity, Technique and Style/Energy. To align with the IFSA qualification standards the event is open to skiers ages 12-18 with 4 categories – Boys 12-14, Girls 12-14, Boys 15-18 and Girls 15-18. All age cut off dates are based off of the age turned prior to December 31, 2012. The only exception is juniors 18 years of age may stay in the junior category until turning 19. Even if said junior turns 19 in the middle of the season, that athlete must move into the adult category events.
Entry fee for the event this year is $160 US (including tax) and includes an event t-shirt. Registration will be done online at www.athletepath.com. Discounted lift tickets for competitors will be available onsite at registration/check in.
All competitors MUST have a 2013 IFSA membership or one day membership in order to compete in the event. Memberships can be purchased on the IFSA website www.freeskiers.org.
Being part of the IFSA North American Junior Series, registration will be done according to the series pre-qualification registration protocol. 60% of the athletes will be pre-qualified into national events based off their 2012 IFSA junior series rankings, 35% of the remaining spots will be allocated to ski team quotas and 5% will be open. For more information on pre-qualified status and ski team quotas please visit the IFSA website www.freeskiers.org.
Registration will be done in waves to accommodate this qualification process. Competitors must have their IFSA Membership before registering for the event. Registration will open as follows:
Pre-qualified registration (invite only) – Opens Nov 19 at 6pm MST and closes Nov 20 at 6pm MST
Coaches & team quota registration – Opens Nov 23 at 6pm MST and closes Nov 26 at 6pm MST
Open (public) Registration – Opens Nov 28 at 7pm MST and closes when the event sells out
**Registration is NOW OPEN.
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Helmets are mandatory for all competitors and all competitors must have valid medical insurance to compete in the event (USA competitors must ensure their medical coverage extends to Canada and to the nature of our event).
The Fernie Junior Freeski will also be part of the brand new RCR Jeep Junior Freeski Series which includes Junior events at Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Details on the series are coming soon but keep in mind that the Kimberley Jr. Freeski will take place on Feb. 9-10 and the Kicking Horse Junior Freeski event will take place March 2-3. Both the Kimberley and Kicking Horse event will be IFSA Regional qualification events and are open to skiers ages 7-18 (so both events will include 7-11 categories).
A huge thanks to our sponsors and partners including the IFSA, Jeep, Rossignol and Smith Optics.