(whoa this is long, I don't expect anyone to read all of it, but in short...big mountain comps are super fun to do, even if you don't do well, they're a blast)
go to freeskiers.org and download the competitor's & judges handbooks for the complete dealio, but basically...
The judging categories consist of:
· Line Choice: Each competitor chooses his/her line or route down the course. High scores are given for choosing difficult routes. Difficulty is determined by steepness, exposure, air, snow and course conditions.
· Aggressiveness/ Attack: The energy with which a competitor attacks or descends his/her chosen line or route.
· Form/ Technique: Competitors are judged on style and turn quality relating to extreme skiing or snowboarding.
· Fluidity: Constant direction towards a goal, this includes continuity, pace and smooth transitions between sections of the course. Falling or stopping can have a negative impact in this category.
The most important category is the LINE score and here's why (taken directly from IFSA judges handbook):
1. Difficulty of Line- This category is judged first and has the greatest influence on the other categories. Line score determines the 2-point rule. The 2-point rule means that the maximum score for ALL other categories is limited to two points above the line score. (There will be rare exceptions, maybe 1-2 per venue where you might allow 1 extra point in each category for an extraordinary run. A total of 3 points more).
The different line score values are predetermined after the forerunners, and remain consistent throughout the entire venue day. Air does not increase this score, the terrain or obstacles do. Leave allowances for variations (1 point), as no two runs are totally identical. The judges will be free to discuss difficulty of line value ONLY.
Example: If the line score is a 5 all other categories may not exceed 7 points. If the competitor REALLY ripped in aggressiveness then they could potentially get an 8 for aggressiveness (2 points + 1bonus).