The Scottish Freedom Series is Scotland’s big mountain freeride championship competition series, open to skiers and snowboarders of 18 years or older. The series comprises 3 open events and concludes in a final for the top 5 male and top 3 female ranked riders in each category.
The Scottish Freedom Series is all about FREEDOM and EXPRESSION
The events are as much about participation and stoke as they are about competition. Come alone, or make up a team. Join in the camaraderie and soak up the spirit of a series that celebrates the freedom of the mountain.
At each competition, riders are ranked according to their run scores in the male/female ski and board categories. All riders are also awarded “series points” based on their ranking, and they attend more events, so these series points accumulate. After the Coe Cup top riders advance to the final, at which they accumulate further series points. Overall series champions are then determined by the riders with the highest series points in each category. Champions then take home the annual recurring trophy and hold the accolade reigning top (male/female, ski/board) freeriders in the country, until the series runs and finds new champions in subsequent years.
For further information see the SFS Info menu above.
NEW for 2020, the SFS brings you the ROOKIE Freedom Series with two new rookie freeride events designed for ANYONE who can hold their own in offpiste terrain and fancies a go at freeride competition. Age categories are U14, U18, U35, U50, 50+. Competitions take place at Glenshee and Glencoe on off-piste, varied terrain and are all about OPPORTUNITY, MOTIVATION and STOKE…
Get stuck in, have a go, and give it your best shot!
At each competition rider’s will have the opportunity to perform 2 runs:-
RUN1 is a qualifying run which takes place on an “easy” qualifying competition face. On this run riders must demonstrate sufficient technical ability, skill and control to get a green flag from the judges, to progress to Run 2 – The FINALS.
RUN2 – The FINAL is a judged run on a separate, more challenging “Finals Competition Face”. This run uses standard SFS competition judging criteria and scoring systems, riders gain an overall impression score out of 100 from each judge and are ranked on the sum of their judges scores.
For full information see the RFS menu item above. Please note that whilst we encourage as many age groups as possible, riders over 130yrs are not permitted to enter. (They simply have too much experience to be categoriesed as rookies)
The terrain at each of the competition venues varies greatly and this, combined with the changeable snowpack and weather conditions on the day, means that each event will pose very different challenges to riders.
The selection of the competition face will rest with the event director, the judging panel and the ski patrol and safety team operating at the venue. Whilst a midweek indication of location will be issued prior to each comp, the final decision can only be taken on the morning of the event day, based upon the visibility/wind and snow conditions.
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Lawers of Gravity`` takes competitors into the centrally located Ben Lawers Range of mountains, that lie to the North of Loch Tay (just 90 mins from Edinburgh and Glasgow).
This range offers summits of 4000ft and vehicle access to 500m. Here there is an exceptional choice of freeride competition faces with deep gullies and many naturally occuring rock features, facing every aspect. In previous years the east face of Meall Nan Tarmachan has been used for the Lawers of Gravity event. This offers the spectacular top bowl for the first judged run followed by the lower SE buttress for the second. As the range is not lift served competitors must be proficient in ascent techniques using relevant equipment for the conditions to reach the summit or start area.
All riders are strongly advised to explore and ride the mountain prior to the competition date.
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Corrie Challenge`` takes place in Back Corries and the last two occasions have seen Summit Gully in spectacular condition for the event.
This natural FREERIDE playground offers many lines and some 6-7m drops from the strong confident pro-freerider.
Back Corries is served by The Nevis Range's Plateau Poma uplift, and if conditions and time permits ski patrol will offer a skidoo-tow service across the summit for all competitors to access the comp start area to save them that 10min traverse.
COMPETITION FACE: The ``Coe Cup`` takes place on Glencoe's flypaper, radio gully and the surrounding face and east ridge.
This tried and tested freeride face has hosted the Coe Cup since 2012 and offers multiple choices of line with some extreme options. The competition start area is lift served by the main basin t-bar and poma and then requires a traverse of 300 metres east from the summit of Meall a Bhuridh. In situations of extremely poor visibility the competition may be moved to the rocky face beneath the cliffhanger chairlift incorporating the canyon.
COMPETITION FACE: From the summit of Meall a' Bhuiridh, the continuation to Creise goes south west and then west over a col with a height of 932 metres which connects the two mountains to reach the summit plateau of Creise. Traverse to the south along the ridge to the highest point Clach Leathad 1099m.
This is where finalists in the series will perform a single all-out run in the SFS final.
All to ride for - ALL TO WIN or ALL TO LOSE!