November 29th, 2023
2024 IFSA Challenger Tour calendar released
- Best two of three competition series, with stops in the United States and Canada
- Three Challenger Destinations: Crested Butte, Colorado, Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada, and Kirkwood, California
- Event Livestreams hosted by freeskier.com, and $50,000 total prizing up for grabs
K12, California – November 29, 2023: The calendar for the IFSA Challenger Tour has dropped, featuring three spectacular venues that will spotlight the world’s best freeride skiing and snowboarding talent from North and South America. The best two of three series provides athletes a dream shot to be named IFSA Adult Champion, and to qualify for a coveted spot on the 2025 Freeride World Tour.
Who will earn an invite?
Approximately 80 top-tier freeriders from Region 2 are set to headline the 2024 IFSA Challenger events, showcasing the pinnacle of talent in the Big Mountain World. The invite list includes FWT Pro athletes who narrowly miss The Cut before the FWT Finals, providing them with a final shot at redemption. The elite roster includes the top riders from the IFSA Qualifier Series, eager to prove themselves on the grand stage, the Freeride Sudamerica Champions and other standout performers from the global freeride community, creating an intense and thrilling spectacle as they vie for their claim to the freeride throne.
Qualifying for the 2025 Freeride World Tour
The stakes are high in the freeride world as the pathway to the 2025 FWT Pro intensifies. With stringent criteria, only the top four male and two female skiers, along with two male and one female snowboarder from each freeride region, will secure coveted spots. Adding to the suspense, the FWT retains the discretion to grant an extra wildcard for the women’s snowboard category, elevating the pressure on contenders. With the limited number of slots available, every athlete is under pressure, making the journey to FWT Pro status an extraordinary challenge.
Challenger Tour Stops
Crested Butte IFSA Challenger, USA: March 14-16 – organized by Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a freeride bastion with a storied history, including the renowned CB Extremes, the longest standing competition. Recognized for its in-your-face challenges, Crested Butte sets the stage for an exhilarating kickoff to the Challenger Tour, where competitors will face the intensity of steep and technically demanding terrain.
Whistler Blackcomb IFSA Challenger, Canada: March 21-23 – organized by Whistler Blackcomb Resort. The largest ski resort in North America averages nearly 12 meters of snow each year, making it a premier freeride destination. In 2023, freeride returned to the renowned Diamond Bowl, a long and demanding face with numerous large drops and transfers. This iconic terrain serves as the ultimate canvas for showcasing the unparalleled air and style of our freeriders.
Kirkwood IFSA Challenger Final – Adult Championship of Region 2, USA: April 1-4 – organized by Tahoe Freeride. Kirkwood is known for its varied freeride terrain and a deep snowpack, but really it’s all about The Cirque. This venue includes terrain permanently closed to the public, and has been used to host Freeskiing World Tour, Freeride World Tour, and North Face Masters competitions in the past. The Cirque is large and expansive and a most fitting venue to decide who truly deserves to be IFSA Champion.
About the IFSA
The International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) was founded in 1996 by Shane McConkey, a pioneer in freeskiing. Shane believed that freeride athletes would be best served by an athlete-owned organization. 27 years later, we continue to work and play by Shane’s guiding vision – the freerider is our bottom line. The IFSA sanctions over 150 events in North and South America, supporting over 5000 athletes. Today, the IFSA focuses on driving exceptional quality and integrity across our sport, as we sanction junior and adult big mountain competitions in North and South.
About the FWT
FWT Management SA is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has been organizing premier sports events globally in mountain resorts since 1996. The company founded the Xtreme Verbier, an iconic event in freeride skiing and snowboarding, and turned this single competition into a prestigious series of worldwide events in 2008, the Freeride World Tour (FWT).