ifsa North American Junior Freeride Championships

April 05, 2017 - April 08, 2017
Location: Kirkwood

ifsa Junior North American Championships:

April 5, 6, 7, and 8th Kirkwood will be Hosting the 2017 ifsa Junior North American Championships. Come out and see the best juniors in North America rip up the Cirque. This will be a high energy event with some incredible riding that you don't want to miss! There isn't a better venue to watch such an event.  

#KWDifsa Contest:

Winner of the #KWDifsa contest is Chris Saito @Chris1089.  Check out his Website to see all of his photos of this incredible event!

Kirkwood is hosting a contest for those that want to share content with us from the North American ifsa Championship!  Upload your content via Facebook and/or Instagram using #KWDifsa for a chance to win 2 lift tickets and 2 nights lodging here at Kirkwood for the 2017/2018 season.  We are accepting submissions through Friday, April 14th.  

For further detail, click HERE


Wednesday, April 5 - Inspection Day 

  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - Check-In for All Divisions - Cornice Grill 

Thursday, April 6 - 12-14 Qualifier Day

6:00 PM - NorAm Champs Banquet - Join us at the Red Cliffs Lodge for a Taco Buffet!  Full bar available to include drink specials at Red Cliffs Club.

Adults 13 & Up - $19.95

Kids 12 & Under - $13.95

Pre-Purchase Tickets at the Cornice Grill 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

Friday, April 7 - 15-18 Qualifier Day

7:00 PM - Teton Gravity Research presents "Tight Loose!"  Join us in Red Cliffs Club for a fun movie night.

Saturday, April 8 - Finals Day for All Divisions

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Wall Bar Après Hour - Come to the Wall Bar for half off drinks and discounted menu items!  Enjoy music by Dancing with Clowns and promotions by Anheuser-Busch.

Sunday, April 9 - Weather Day If Needed

Click HERE for a fully detailed schedule of events.  Schedule is subject to change, weather depending. 


All athletes will be required to carry a beacon, probe and shovel for inspection.  A beacon is required during competition.


Hurry and book your room HERE!  Rooms are filling up quickly! Camping is NOT allowed.


12-14 & 15-18 Qualifier - Lookers Right of the Cirque

All Division Finals - Lookers Left of the Cirque 

Venue Access

  • Qualifier - Ride Chair 10.  Entrance gate will be skier's right off the chair.
  • Finals - Ride Chair 4. Traverse to entrance gate skier's left. 
  • Pass Holder Spectators - Ride Chair 11.  Traverse across Caples Crest to Devils Corral. 
  • Walking Spectators - Ride Chair 1.  Walk down Hay flat 200 yards and follow the marked walking trail signs. 

Lift Tickets 

  • Athletes - $50/Day
  • Friends & Family <12 - $35/Day
  • Friends & Family 13-19 - $60/Day
  • Friends & Family Adult - $70/Day
  • Senior - $60/Day
  • Walkers - $0 - Ticket required to ride Chair 1.  Must sign release of liability 

Event Information

"The IFSA is very excited to partner with Kirkwood Mountain Resort to host the 2017 IFSA Junior North American Championships. Conditions are looking to be exceptional this season and what a year to introduce our top junior riders to the plentiful , dry Tahoe snow and unique terrain that has long made Kirkwood the home of big mountain lifestyle. It has been a few years since our rider have had the opportunity to experience this special place and we are excited to have Kirkwood back in the big mountain family!"

-Scott Mahoney

 International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association

 Freeride World Qualifier

The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) is and athlete advocacy organization serving as the
sanctioning, judging, and ranking organization for junior and adult big mountain freeride events in North and South
America. Operating in partnership with the Freeride World Tour (FWT) and valued event hosts, the IFSA has built a network
of events that enable junior and adult athletes to compete and qualify on regional, national, and world stages. The
phenomenal growth of freeride presents opportunities for athletes to participate in one of the most substantial trends in
snow sports, consider:
• 40+ North American resort partners and growing - 900% growth over 4 years
• 71+ IFSA sanctioned competitions and growing - 1,500% growth over 4 years
• 2900+ engaged athletes in North America and growing - 1,000% growth over 4 years

IFSA North American Junior Freeride Series (U12, 12-14, 15-18)
Featuring the best junior big-mountain skiers and snowboarders in North America, the IFSA North American Junior Freeride
Series includes more that 50 competitive opportunities. These events provide developing young athletes with the chance
to hone their skills, develop as individuals, and earn valuable points within the IFSA North American ranking. Series events
are classified as regional, national, or championships. Event participants include both independent athletes and team
athletes traveling with a team and coach. In all cases, these athletes are coached on safety protocols and smart decisionmaking
prior to and during all competitive events. This design delivers challenging, fun, but also safe competitive
opportunities for the junior community.
The Junior Freeride Series now culminates in the NorAm Junior Freeride Championships. The top finishers from the North
American Junior Freeride Series qualify for this event by accumulating points for events they attend thought the season.
The IFSA currently has over 1,600 engaged junior athletes In North America. Hundreds of new athletes have entered the
IFSA Junior competitive landscape over the last few seasons and this growth reflects the increasing momentum of freeride
competition in North America as well as the potential for growth with existing and future event partners.

North American Championships

Athletes will be selected for the North American Junior Freeride Championships from both Overall IFSA Junior Freeride
Series Rankings. There will be no team quotas for the North American Championship event. Athletes may also qualify for
Championships based on their Overall Ranking within their region. Regional slot allocations will be based upon the number
of participating IFSA member athletes in a Region and is determined by total membership in early March of 2017. The North
American Championship event will be 4-5 days long and will be considered the last event of the 2017 season. Consistent
with discussions at the 2015 Coaches Summit, this event will be designed to accommodate the top 160 to 180 ranked
athletes from the 2017 season. Beginning in March 2017, the IFSA will begin announcing athlete qualifications in stages for
the April event. 

Plan Your Trip


Book online or call 800.967.7500 for more information.


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