Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in Taos



Important Information

Due to the harmonization of the two freeride tours, and Taos' ongoing status as a 4* FWQ (Freeride World Qualifying) event, there are some changes in regards to registration this year. In addition, we have also instituted some changes in the structure of the event, per athlete recommendations.


The harmonization of the world tour means that Taos no longer has "open" or first come, first served registration. FWQ 4* event athlete slots will be filled based upon the seeding order of an athlete's FWQ overall points.

Athletes will be able to indicate their interest in competing in Taos by signing up online. Athletes will not have to submit the completed registration forms until they have been confirmed a spot by event organizers.

The event will be filled based upon FWQ standings, starting no later than 21 days prior to the event.

Athletes will be notified at that time that they have been accepted to the event.

Non-seeded athletes will be accepted on a space available basis.

If you are interested in competing in Taos, please let us know and we will hold your information and notify you if you have been confirmed for the event. We do expect to be able to host a limited number of non-seeded athletes and these spots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis, after seeded athletes have confirmed their participation.

Please Note

MSI is overseeing the creation of the FWT website for Region 2, which includes Taos. They have indicated to us that they expect the site to launch on December 4, 2012. This website will have information on obtaining your event license (see below), current FWQ seeding lists and information for all of the Region 2 FWQ events.

This website will also be a "one stop shop" with a variety of services including registration for FWQ events. HOWEVER, this year registration for the Taos event will remain run and organized by Taos. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER FOR TAOS through MSI or any other group. It is important that we get your information now so that we can confirm you in the event, based upon your FWQ seeding, of course.

Athlete License

As part of the FWQ, Taos will require all athletes to have or obtain prior to competing an FWT athlete license. Single event licenses are $10, and a season license is $35.

You cannot register for this license through Taos or at the event. You must register and obtain your license prior to arrival in Taos. See for more information.

Additional Information

Junior Athletes:
This year the athlete fields include Male and Female ski and snowboard. There will be no Junior athletes as part of the 4* FWQ event. If you are a Junior athlete, we will be hosting two different events for you; IFSA sanctioned event from February 21 - 24, 2013 and FWT sanctioned event from March 29 - 30, 2013.

⇒ Junior Event Information

IFSA Junior Event at Taos Ski Valley on February 21 - 24, 2013
More information visit:

FWQ New Mexico Junior Freeride Championships at Taos Ski Valley on March 29 - 30, 2013
More information visit:

We expect some changes due to the global harmonization in judging standards/criteria. The final standards have not been announced yet. We will post complete information on the new judging standards here as soon as we receive this information.

Visual Inspection Only, Kachina Peak Venue:
We are instituting a visual inspection only for the final day on Kachina. This venue will be closed to the public and to athletes prior to the event. Failure to abide by this or any other closure at Taos will result in a disqualification.

Final Words

We understand that the harmonization of both tours will raise many concerns, however we feel that these changes will benefit both the sport and the athletes. It is our goal to work as closely with the athlete community as possible to address concerns and questions regarding the Taos FWQ event, as well as the broader changes that are occurring. Please let us know if you have any questions or thoughts regarding the Taos FWQ event or if we can assist in any other way with providing information or helping you understand what the new harmonization means for you.


Jonah Salloway, Events Coordinator
Phone: 575-776-2291