freeride info


Taos Ski Valley is proud to host the 2017 Taos Freeride Championships, New Mexico's most prestigious skiing event. This big-mountain competition will be held on Taos' famed steep terrain, with venues including the ragged chutes and cliffs of the West Basin and the incomparable Kachina Peak.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017: 
Mandatory 2 Star Athlete Check-In 

Thursday, March 2, 2017: 
2 Star Competition
2 Star Awards 
Mandatory 4 Star & Master Athlete Check-In 

Friday, March 3, 2017: 
4 Star & Master Day 1 Competition 

Saturday, March 4, 2017: 
4 Star & Master Day 2 Competition  
4 Star & Master Awards & Party

Sunday, March 5, 2017: 
Weather day if needed


Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
Showcasing Taos' legendary terrain.
153 miles north of Albuquerque.



Men and Women Competitive Freeride Skiers and Snowboarders
4 Star registration limited to approximately 130 competitors
Divisions include: 2* Men & Women, 4* Men & Women, Masters Men & Women

There will be no Junior athletes as part of the 4* FWQ event. The Junior Freeride Competitions will be held on a different weekend.  

Junior Event Information

For complete Junior event information, please visit: 

2 Star Registration

  • Registration details to come soon

4 Star Registration

  • Registration details to come soon

Masters Registration

  • Registration details to come soon. You will not need a FWQ/IFSA membership to compete.


Confused about how registration and athlete seeding works?

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Representing some of the best double-diamond terrain in the country, the venues for this event showcase Taos' toughest terrain. Kachina Peak and the West Basin Ridge are littered with tight lines, cliffs and rocks. Venues will be determined by the ski patrol, chief of race and event staff and are subject to change depending upon snow and weather conditions. Download a Taos Ski Valley trail map.

Visual Inspection Only for 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.

Venues are determined by judges and event organizers based on snow condition.


Judging criteria is sanctioned by the Freeride World Tour, and is used at all FWT events as well as FWT qualifying events. 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.


Kaela Gillum, Events Manager
Phone: 575.776.2291 x2434