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World Cup Selections - SBX, ALP, HP, BA + CRL Update

December 7, 2017

Athletes Selected to Alpine, Snowboardcross, Big Air, and Halfpipe World Cups


In accordance with the 2017/2018 Canada Snowboard Alpine, Snowboardcross, and Freestyle selection protocols, the following athletes have been invited to represent Canada during the following World Cups:

Carezza, ITA - Dec 14, 2017
Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA - Dec 15, 2017

Val Thorens, FRA - Dec 12-13, 2017
Montafon, AUT - Dec 15-16, 2017
Cervinia, ITA - Dec 21-22, 2017
Erzurum, TUR - Jan 19-20, 2018
Bansko, BUL - Jan 27, 2018

Big Air
Copper Mountain, USA - Dec 8 & 10, 2017

Copper Mountain, USA - Dec 7 & 9, 2017
Secret Garden, CHN - Dec 19 & 21, 2017

Alpine Block 'A'- (Carezza, ITA & Cortina d'Amprezzo, ITA)

Jasey-Jay Anderson
(Mont Tremblant, QC)
Darren Gardner (Burlington, ON)
Sébastien Beaulieu
(Sherbrooke, QC)
Rich Evanoff (Pickering, ON)
Arnaud Gaudet (Montcalm, QC)
Jules Lefebvre (Montreal, QC)

Megan Farrell (Richmond Hill, ON)
Katrina Gerencser (Burlington, ON)
Kaylie Buck (Oakville, ON)

Block ‘B’ qualifying events will include the Block ‘A’ world cups and the following continental cups: Hochfugen, GER - EC, Steamboat CO, USA - NAC & Buck Hill, MN, USA - NAC. For specific qualifying criteria please refer to the Alpine Selection Protocol located here: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/ALP%20WC%20Selection%20Protocol%202017-18_final.pdf 

Snowboardcross Block 'B' (Val Thorens, FRA, Montafon AUT, Cervinia, ITA, Erzurum, TUR, & Bansko, BUL)

Chris Robanske (Calgary, AB)
Kevin Hill (Vernon, BC)
Baptiste Brochu (Saguenay, QC)
Danny Bourgeois (Rosemère, QC)
Eliot Grondin (Ste. Marie, QC)

Tess Critchlow (Kelowna, BC)
Zoe Bergermann (Erin, ON)
Carle Brenneman
(North Vancouver, BC)
Katie Anderson (Jaffray, BC)
Meryeta O’Dine (Prince George, BC)
Audrey McManiman (Quebec, QC)
Haili Moyer (Whistler, BC)

Block ‘C’ qualifying events will include the Block ‘B’ world cups (except Bansko, BUL due to timing for the selection) and the following continental cups: Ski Cooper, USA - NAC. For specific qualifying criteria please refer to the SBX Selection Protocol located here: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/SBX%20WC%20Selection%20Protocol%202017-18_Oct25.pdf

Freestyle Events (December block)
*Please note the important update regarding the CRL, listed at the end of this selection.

Big Air (Copper Mountain, USA)

Mark McMorris (Regina, SK)
Max Parrot (Bromont, QC)
William Buffey (Toronto, ON)
Carter Jarvis (Calgary, AB)
Francis Jobin (Quebec, QC)
Jeremy Langevin (Piedmont, QC)
John MacDougall (Grande Prairie, AB)

Spencer O'Brien (Courtenay, BC)
Brooke Voigt (Fort McMurray, AB)
Jasmine Baird (Mississauga, ON)

Halfpipe (Copper Mountain, USA)

Derek Livingston (Aurora, ON)
Trevor Niblett (Toronto, ON)
Shawn Fair (Calgary, AB)

ALT: Owen Wopnford
(Neepawa, MB)

Mercedes Nicoll (North Vancouver, BC)
Calynn Irwin (Toronto, ON)
Elizabeth Hosking (Longueuil, QC)

ALT: Katie Tsuyuki
(Scarborough, ON)

Halfpipe (Secret Garden,CHN)

Katie Tsuyuki (Scarborough, ON)
Calynn Irwin (Toronto, ON)

Qualifying to freestyle events is based on the athletes ranking the highest in Canada within their discipline who express interest in registration for each event at the following link: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/resources/fisreq/. 

For full qualifying details and minimum requirements for a World Cup please refer to the full selection protocol here: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/Selection-Protocol-Freestyle-Events.pdf

Canadian Ranking List to run off World Snowboard Points List:

We will be using the WSPL data, algorithms, events & point system as the Canadian Ranking List (CRL) moving forward.


The World Snowboard Points List is the world standard for athlete rankings taking into account all events and athletes world-wide. It is used for event start orders, event selection / invites and recognized as the list for freestyle athletes.

In addition it will take away administrative work we put into the CRL and will be a fully running ranking list based off the World Ranking (WSPL) points. We will have no control over event values – it will be based on who shows up to the event for the final point value of it.  


It will be switched over December 2017, we expect it to be in place following the events in December (Copper WC, Rev Tours, Dew Tour etc) and used for the selections to the January events on-ward. We had hoped to get it in before any events this season and have it running over the summer but the process of changing and making sure nothing would be negatively affected was longer then expected.

Ranking Changes and World Cup Selections:

Minor shifting will occur, this is from the differences in the rules and how the CRL values were administered to how the WSPL values are calculated.

For any shifts that happen the new list will come into effect Jan 1, 2018 but we will be using the current CRL rank for event selections up until the end of the year Dec 31, 2017. This means any January Event (Snowmass, Laax etc) forward will be based off your WSPL points and rank.

Additional Info:

  • We will still call it the CRL and riders will be ranked only against Canadians on it. We’re hoping to add a column that would also show your World Rank on the WSPL which should be possible but confirming with our web tech.
  • Each province/territory will also have their provincial ranking running from the same WSPL data but sorted just for the province/territory (if a rider is missing on their proper provincial/territorial ranking please let Tyler know)
  • You will not need to purchase a WSPL License – you will show up on our CRL lists 
  • It runs off a 3 best result average of points on a 1000 point scale.
  • Provincial/territorial events will be included on the WSPL and ‘can’ be worth more based on the riders who are attending them. The riders who attend make up the point value.

See here for more info about the WSPL and the point distribution: http://www.worldsnowboardtour.com/world-snowboarding-points-list/

If you have any questions or concerns please let Tyler (glyre@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn)  know as soon as possible.

An athlete may not participate in a FIS Snowboard World Cup unless coached by a Canada Snowboard approved coach listed at: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/programs/coaching/currentcoach/. 

Athletes selected for participation must confirm their attendance and attending coach for each World Cup at-least 2 weeks prior to the competition by emailing Tyler Ashbee (glyre@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn).

Coaches registered outside of Canada may be approved on a case-by-case basis, the coach will need to accept and sign a reliability form and send a photo of his coaching membership for approval to Tyler Ashbee, High Performance Manager at: glyre@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn.

Any person wishing to appeal a selection decision must do so in accordance with the Canada Snowboard Appeals Policy, which is available on the Canada Snowboard website at: https://www.canadasnowboard.ca/files/AppealsProtocol.pdf. 

For Snowboardcross and Alpine Snowboarding, the deadline for appeals of the selections listed in this announcement is Thursday Dec. 14, 2017 - 5:00 pm PST.

A notice of appeal, as described in the Appeals Policy, must be sent directly to: 

Patrick Jarvis
Executive Director

For further information, contact:

Tyler Ashbee
High Performance Program Manager
Canada Snowboard

Rider: Brooke Voigt
Photo: Chris Witwicki

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