We are definitely starting to repeat ourselves when it comes to writing about SuperUnknown, but judging is hard... seriously hard. This year saw nigh on 100 entries for 10 finals slots and almost everyone in there is a seriously good skier. The panel tasked with making the call includes the Level 1 crew, as well as NS staff (EHeath and Twig) and some of the OG riders. When the entries are all in, we work our way through each one looking for something that sets a rider apart from the rest.
For what it's worth, the official criteria are to score:
20% Technical Ability
40% Overall Impression
The difference between making finals and semi-finals is often only a hair's breadth. It might simply be a particularly stomped landing or one moment of crazy style/creativity that makes the difference. And those same intangible elements that stood out to the judges in their decision making may not do the same for the viewing public. There is a good chance the edit you are most impressed by might be among the semi-finalists which is why you should all vote in the wild card poll to send your favorite semi-finalist to the finals shoot.
Also, based on the strength of this year’s Women’s entries, @Level1 are excited to announce that they are nominating 2 Finalists, and adding a 3rd Women’s spot in the Finals through the Wildcard poll! The eventual winner of this year’s Women’s SuperUnknown category will be determined at the end of the week of shooting at Carinthia at Mount Snow!
Give each of the Semi-Finalists a watch as they drop and vote for your favorite to join the other Finalists and the Level 1 crew at Carinthia at Mount Snow from April 6-12th for a shot at the title! The Wildcard Poll is open from March 13th until March 20th 12pm (MST)- spread the word and vote once each day. In the meantime, enjoy the incredible skiing (and the inevitable debate about judging) that follows, because SuperUnknown is one of the best audiovisual feasts on the ski calendar.