The 2017 World Championships Selection Criteria and Guide is attached to this post as a pdf file. If you hope to compete in the 2017 World Championships, please read through the selection criteria!
This is the official selection criteria for selection of the United States Ski Mountaineering world championships team. The world championships will take place in February of 2017, and is comprised of five events; individual, teams, sprint, vert, and relay. Except for the teams event, we will field four athletes in each race. For the teams event, we will field four teams of two, for a total of eight athletes.
These selection criteria are set up to select the fastest athletes for competition at the world championships. It is simplified from previous selection criteria, and provides a back-up for selection for the individual event, in the event that a top athlete is sick, has an equipment malfunction, or can not compete at the first event. Athletes MUST have raced and qualified in the racing season in which the world championships will be held. No racer without qualifying results in the 2016/2017 races will take part in the world championships. Previous years results are not grounds for selection.
These criteria are written using two race weekends, Irwin Lodge (Crested Butte, CO) and Wyoming Roundup (Jackson Hole, WY). However, we are in the process of selecting contingency races in the event that either or both are cancelled due to insufficient snow or other reasons. These races will be chosen this winter, and an updated selection guide with the backup events will be posted in the fall of 2016.
Final selection will be made after the Jackson Roundup. At this time, you will have 1 week to commit to racing at the world championship event, or forfeit your spot. In the event of forfeiture, the berth will move to the next position in the event for which the forfeiture occurred. For example, if the fourth place finisher in the Vert event cannot travel to the world championships, the fifth place finisher will be offered the slot.
Individual Selection Criteria: Four men and women will compete in the individual event. The top 3 male and female finishers at the Irwin Lodge ski mountaineering race will be awarded an individual slot.
The fourth and final slot for the individual event will be awarded to the top male and female finisher at the Jackson Hole Roundup event that did not qualify at Irwin Lodge. This accommodates a variety of potential issues that could interfere with the top racers qualifying, and provides a back-up event to qualify the final athlete.
Teams Selection Criteria: Eight men and women will compete in the teams event. The top 8 men and women finishers at the Jackson Hole Roundup will qualify for the teams event. Coaches and the USSMA will create the teams based on previous results and racer input, though final team composition is the right of the USSMA.
Vert Selection Criteria: The top 4 men and women at the Crested Butte/Irwin Vert (held the same weekend as theIrwin Lodge race) will qualify for the vert.
Sprint Selection Criteria: The top 4 men and women at the Jackson Hole Roundup Sprint (held the same weekend as the Jackson Hole Roundup event) will qualify for the sprint.
Relay Selection Criteria: The top 2 men and women in the sprint event and the vert event will qualify for the relay event. In the event that either the top two vert or sprint decide against racing the relay, the slot will move to the next athlete who qualified. For example, if the top vert qualifier does not race, the slot will move to the third vert qualifier. If the top sprint qualifier does not race, the slot will move to the third sprint qualifier.