For the first time in the history of competitive big mountain skiing, collegiate athletes will have a tour of their own, starting next year. A handful of collegiate athletes have always made appearances at various competitions throughout the winter, though it was likely at the expense of class participation grades. Driven by a gap between the number of college-aged athletes and competitions that fit into an academic schedule, the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association (IFSA) is stepping up to the plate next season to organize a handful of contests that will be held throughout the West in 2015.
The Collegiate Freeride Series will have three stops in its inaugural year: Grand Targhee (January 31-February 1), Crested Butte (February 13-16), and the National Championships in Snowbird at a date to be determined in March. (The collegiate events will be open to non-college students, as well.)