Paralympic Snowboarding consists of two events: snowboardcross and banked slalom.  

Snowboardcross (also Snowboarder X, SBX, Boarder cross, Boarder-X or BX) is a snowboard competition that first consists of time-trial; three runs down a course, only one rider at a time with their best run determining their placement for head to head brackets. Finals consist of two competitors per heat, fastest rider to the finish advances. The ideal snowboard cross consists of  features excluding: gap jumps, corner jumps, spines and double spines, cutting banks, giant slalom turns and negative banks.


Banked slalom each athlete gets three runs down the course with their best run determining the final results based on ascending time. There is only one rider on the course at a time. The course may be a medium pitched slope. It may be preferably a naturally varying terrain, with plenty of bumps and dips, and preferably a U-shape/natural valley.


For both events, athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability – SB-LL1 and SB-LL2 for lower-limb impaired riders and SB-UL for upper-limb impaired athletes.

If you are interested in getting involved in snowboarding, you can take lessons with many ski schools around the country. Look for ski schools that have adaptive programs or instructors with special training on how to teach athletes with physical disabilities. Most ski resorts have adaptive ski schools, so you can go to your local ski area.  It may be a good idea to call the ski school first to see if they have an adaptive program.  Find a local program in your community - visit the Paralympic Resource Network.

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