2024 Slopestyle Rules and Competition Guide

Published Thu 04 Jul 2024

As of 2024, Snow Australia National Interschools and Sport Development Committee (NISDC), in collaboration with the National Park and Pipe Committee have adopted the Slopestyle Judging PAVED (Progression, Amplitude, Variety, Execution and Difficulty) Criteria. In doing so, we have revised the judging scoring process and results publication for Slopestyle Ski and Snowboard events.

The purpose of this change is to:

  • Enhance clarity of the highest scoring run and minimise comparisons between competitors
  • Ensure that the event runs efficiently within a reasonable timeframe
  • Allows adequate time for runs where scores are crucial, maintaining smooth competition flow
  • Aligns with other Park & Pipe competitions and FIS Judging criteria, while upholding the integrity and meeting the requirements of interschools.

What is the PAVED Criteria?

The PAVED Criteria is universally implemented across all levels of Slopestyle competitions. It allows judges to systematically assess slopestyle runs by evaluating specific aspects of each feature.

Judges utilise the PAVED criteria to determine the overall impression of the run to produce a score out of 100. The Judges evaluate the competitor’s Progression / Amplitude / Variety / Execution / Difficulty.

The overall composition (flow) of the run is evaluated through the sequences of tricks, the amount of risk in the routine, and how the competitor uses the course.

Additionally, judges consider any falls, mistakes, or stops during the run, considering these factors in the calculation of the final score or rank.

How will the results be determined?

The format for both individual and team results will continue with two runs, where only the best run contributes to the final team or individual result.

Following are the specific rules regarding scoring:

  1. If the score of the second run does not exceed that of the first run, no score will be assigned for the second run. The competitor will receive a "DNI" (Did not Improve) score for the second run.
  2. If the score of the second run surpasses that of the first run, the second run will be scored. The first run will then receive a "DNI" (Did not Improve) score.

Only the highest scored run will be published and counted towards the final results for both individual and team results. Event progression to the SUBARU Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships remains as per previous years.

For further information, please review the following:

Slopestyle Competition Guide

Updated Rules of Competition.