Welcome to Ski Cross, the 5th discipline in Alpine Skiing
What is a Ski Cross Course Like?
*800-1200 meters long
*130-250 meters vertical drop
*Ladies and Men use the same course
**Course is a series of features
*50% turnes of varying size and speeds between the features
*25% traverses, bumps and rollers
*25% jumps (1 to 4 meters high) and landings
*A drop down start gate is used
*Each gate is a standard pole with a stubby and a triangle panel
*Timing system used for qualification and high speed camera used for 'photo finish' in the Final
How Is the Competition Run?
Start with a morning inspection and practice runs on the course, followed by a timed qualifying run.
The round of 16 or 32 brackets will be built and heats will begin. Round size will be determined at the Team Captain's meeting.
A special start device is used and when it opens the skiers start down the slope. The start and the first section of the course, before the first turn, is a critical part of of the run, since passing can easily occur. Other passing areas are designed into the course and interference between skiers can lead to disqualification.
During each heat, the first two skiers crossing the finish line move onto the next heat, while the last two skiers, get ranked based upon the qualification times. The so-called "Big Final" round, determines the places from 1st to 4th, and the so-called "Small Final" determines place for 5th to 8th.
Ski Cross Final Rounds
The final round can be based on 32 or 16 competitors. If 32 then the final rounds will consist of 1/8 final, quarter final, semi-final, small final and big final.
If 16 then the final rounds will consist of quarter final, semi-final, small final and big final.
Number of athletes per heat:
There will be a maximum of 4 skiers per heat. The first 2 skiers advance to the next round. The competitors are placed in the heats of the first round based on their qualification round rank.Ranking at the finish of a heat is determined by the order of crossing the finish line. In a case where more than one competitor does not complete the course by crossing the finish line, the competitor who made it furthest down the course will receive the better rank. If two or more competitors cross the finish line simultaneously, the ranking will be determined by the first part of the body or skis that cross the finish line. Whenever possible, a photo finish camera should be available.The final race bibs will be Red, Green, Blue and Yellow.
Ski Cross Rules and Procedures:FIS Freestyle ICR 2011 Section 7 – 4500
Click here for the FIS Freestyle Comp Guide
2013 USSA Freestyle Comp Guide
Start Lane Choice
Start lane choice during each heat is based on the competitor’s qualifying rank. The competitor who was fastest in the qualification can choose their lane, the second fastest the next lane and so on in each heat. Assignment of new bib numbers based on the results of the qualification, will aid to determine lane selection in the start. A missed start is a DNS. It is the competitor’s responsibility to arrive at the start in time to compete. Each starting position is identified by a color. Looking up the course, the positions are set from left to right. Position 1 is red, position 2 is green, position 3 is blue and position 4 is yellow.
Ski Cross Final Ranking
The competitors in the final phase (big final and small final) are ranked according to their finish order in the final followed by those ranked in the small final. All remaining competitors are ranked according to the round in which they are eliminated (e.g. quarterfinals) and their qualification times within that round. (e.g. competitors ranked 8 to 16 in the quarterfinal would be ranked according to their qualification times).
Ski Cross Tie Break Rules
Ties in qualification: if two or more competitors have the same time, then the skier that started later in the race will win the tie.
Ties in Finals: in case of a tie (between 2nd and 3rd place skiers in the heat), the competitors with the lowest qualification time will advance.
Medal Round: If two or more competitors have an unbreakable tie (phot-finish) in the medal round, they will both be awarded the same medal.
The penalties are: did not start (DNS) for no show, did not finish (DNF) for not crossing the finish line and disqualified (DSQ) for missing or crossing a gate, etc. If a competitor is disqualified due to unsportsmanlike behavior his or her results from the entire competition will be removed and he or she will be listed at the bottom of the classification with no final ranking.
Ski Cross Protests/Appeals:
DSQ’s will be announced and/or posted immediately after each heat at a designated area at the bottom and top of the course. All protests must be reported to the Chief of Finish before the next heat begins. Protests after this time will not be accepted. Protests need not be in writing and all other ICR rules for protests apply. The protest fee must be paid at or before the conclusion of the competition.The jury will consist of the TD, Race Director or Chief of Competition and the Chief of Finish/Referee.