Now that the IFSA competitive season is over, I will let you in on some insider information.

Being an IFSA judge has no perks (#SARCASM) Overworked IFSA judges have many responsibilities: when scouting and analyzing the competition terrain, it is important to fully understand the difficulty of the terrain. This forces the judges to poach every good drop and bomb hole every landing. With fresh snow, it is crucial for safety that the judges get into the venue to assist with snow compaction; slaying every last bastion of powder is essential in creating a safe venue. Courses need to be set up to help athletes and coaches understand the set boundaries of the venue -- typically the venue has a start gate, a finish corral, and a venue map given to each athlete prior to the event. During course set up is a great time to poach those killer pow stashes before the athletes get to it. You know it can be a pretty tough job when checking out the terrain, checking snow conditions, setting up course, then having to go back again just to verify everything is in place -- it's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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