Rider Selection

This year the semi-finals will be made up of 32 men and 16 women*. As an open-format event, riders qualify through the World Snowboard Tour, with the top 20 men and top 10 women from the World Snowboard Points List (WSPL) automatically receiving invites. The rest of the field are made up of wildcard spots, which are allocated based on recent results, previous injuries, and geographic representation.

*Note that the Junior Jam Champions will automatically qualify into the Men's and Women's halfpipe semi-finals respectively.

Format

WOMEN’S SEMI-FINALS 

One heat of 16 women with the top 6 women advancing to finals. The start list order is reverse WSPL —each rider will take two runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using the Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) judging criteria for Slopestyle and Overall Impression (OI) for the Modified Halfpipe. Judges will be video judging from one location. 

MEN’S SEMI-FINALS 

One heat of 32 men with the top 10 men advancing to finals. The start list order is reverse WSPL —each rider will take two runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using the Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) judging criteria for Slopestyle and Overall Impression (OI) for the Modified Halfpipe. Judges will be video judging from one location. 

WOMEN’S FINALS 

One heat of 6 women. Each rider will take three runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using the Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) judging criteria for Slopestyle and Overall Impression (OI) for the Modified Halfpipe. Judges will be video judging from one location. The start list order will be based on the results of semi-finals 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 two runs with the best rider going last. 

MEN’S FINALS 

One heat of 10 men. Each rider will take three runs with the best run counting. All runs are scored on a scale of 1 to 100 by a panel of 8 judges using the Snowboarding Live Scoring System (SLS) judging criteria for Slopestyle and Overall Impression (OI) for the Modified Halfpipe. Judges will be video judging from one location. The start list order will be based on the results of semi-finals 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 two runs with the best rider going last. 

Judging 

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, Asia and North America.


The Slopestyle Judging System - Snowboard Live Scoring (SLS)

The SLS system combines a sharp focus on individual tricks combined with overall impression of a run. 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. 

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. Judges will concentrate their judging values on Amplitude, Trick 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.

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 score (60%) + Total OI score (40%) results make a Total Run score, which defines a rider’s ranking.


Modified Halfpipe Judging System - Overall Impression (OI)

Eight  judges will look at the entirety of the halfpipe run and score it by evaluating the run’s overall impression. This includes:

 • Execution – Looks at take off, maneuver control and landing as well as style elements throughout the entire run. 

• Creativity / Pipe Use – How the rider differentiates themselves creatively in both line choice and trick selection.

• Progression – New, innovative or uncommon manoeuvres

• Trick Difficulty – Number of rotations, Trick Perspective, Grab can all effect a trick’s difficulty.

• Amplitude - evaluated by the judges using the height of rider from lip to center of mass, the distance traveled and the consistency of height and travel down the length of the halfpipe. This includes transfer height and transfer distance.

• Variety – mix of rotational directions and trick types (rotations, rotational direction, straight airs, ally oops, air to fakie, etc)

• Combinations - The sequence of ticks and how they are linked together in a run.

Each judge will take instabilities into account for each of the judged criteria and how they will affect the score. Upon a run ending fall / instability a maximum score of 20 will be awarded.

The Judges with the highest and lowest scores will be dropped and the average for the six others will be the counting score.

In the case of a tie, the head judge will have the tie breaking vote.