Rider Selection

This year the semi finals will be made up of 32 men and 16 women. As an Elite level event on the World Snowboard Tour, the top 20 Men and 10 Women from the World Snowboard Points List will receive invites. The rest of the field will be made up of wildcard spots allocated with WSPL rank, recent results, previous injuries, and geographic representation all taken into consideration.

Format

WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS 

1 heat of 16 women with the top 6 women advancing to finals.
The start list order will be random—each rider will take 2 runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using SLS judging criteria. Judges will be video judging from one location. 

MEN’S SEMIFINALS 

1 heat of 32 men with the top 10 men advancing to finals. 
The start list order will be random—each rider will take 2 runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) judging criteria. Judges will be video judging from one location. 

WOMEN’S FINALS 

1 heat of 6 women. Each rider will take 3 runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using SLS judging criteria. Judges will be video judging from one location. 
The start list order will be based on the results of semis with the top semis finisher going last. The second run will follow the same start order as the first round. The third run start list will be based on the results of the first 2 runs with the best rider going last. 

MEN’S FINALS 

1 heat of 10 men. Each rider will take 3 runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using SLS judging criteria. Judges will be video judging from one location. 
The start list order will be based on the results of semis with the top semis finisher going last. The second run will follow the same start order as the first round. The third run start list will be based on the results of the first 2 runs with the best rider going last. 

Judges

Judges are hand-selected for their level of expertise and professionalism. The judges are a diverse group of men and women from various countries across Europe and North America.

The SLS Judging System

The Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) has been in use at all slopestyle and halfpipe 6 Star events in the TTR competition season since launching in 2010. The SLS system combines a sharp focus on individual tricks combined with overall impression. There are dedicated Trick judges and Overall Impression (OI) judges. The combined result of Trick and Overall Impression scores gives a detailed overview of a rider’s performance per trick, their overall run impact, and the effect it has on their ranking. The SLS system allows an easy-to-follow scoring path delineating how the run result was achieved—a result that can be compared trick by trick from run to run. SLS is continually refined based on rider feedback, the upcoming 2016 –2017 season TTR and Burton events updates include the use of two judges per feature/hit and default scores. 

By determining values for each Trick and the Overall Impression performance, judges, riders and spectators can best evaluate the run for excellence. Each Trick judge (in teams of two) will focus on just one obstacle in the slopestyle and one hit in the halfpipe. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Amplitude, Difficulty and Execution. Each Overall Impression judge will focus on the overall impact of the run over the entire course. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Variation, Style and Combinations.

SLS Slopestyle

In slopestyle, the SLS system takes a defined number of obstacles and allocates TWO dedicated judges per obstacle (rails may be judged as a single obstacle or a set). Each feature will have a set feature value. Based on the maximum feature value for each feature, a trick score is then calculated for that feature. The individual Trick scores are then added up for a Total Trick score. For the Overall Impression (OI) score, two additional judges are dedicated to focusing solely on the usage and composition of the slopestyle run. The two OI scores are then averaged for a Total OI score. Total Trick + Total OI score results makes a Run score, which defines a rider’s ranking.

SLS Halfpipe

In halfpipe, the new SLS judging system will still use eight judges in teams of two, but they will now focus exclusively on separate evaluation areas across the entire run. These four areas to be evaluated are the four main elements in the evaluation of a pipe run: Amplitude, Trick Difficulty, Execution, and Overall Impression. The new SLS Pipe judging format will evaluate entire competition runs (not specific tricks). The four main elements that comprise the complete run will continue to provide riders, media/public, coaches and judges’ immediate feedback:

• Two judges will be used to evaluate/judge Amplitude for the complete run.  
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Trick Difficulty for the complete run. 
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Execution for the complete run. 
• Two judges will evaluate/judge Overall Impression for the complete run. 

Each area of evaluation (or “components”) will have equal weight and will represent 25% of the total overall score. All four components will be scored from 0-100 by each of the individual judges. All component areas will have two scores that will be averaged together for a total component score. A Run Score is composed of Amplitude score + Trick Difficulty Score + Execution Score + Overall Impression score. The Run score is the average of all the component scores added together to give a total evaluation of the run. The total run score defines a rider’s ranking within the competition.

Slopestyle Practice