What is Snowboardcross?

In snowboardcross (SBX for short and often referred to as boardercross), timed runs are used to qualify riders for the finals. Each rider can have up to two qualifying runs. The fastest time is used, while the slower time is thrown out. The fastest athletes progress to finals and four racers at a time start in a pack down a course, racing against each other over rolling terrain and a series of jumps and ramps. The fastest two racers from each heat move on to the next round.

The Physical Snowboardcross Course:
Boardercross courses are typically narrow courses which are approximately one kilometre in length and have a vertical drop of 200 metres. They include many features such as cambered turns, gap jumps, berms, drops and flat sections to challenge the riders’ ability to remain in control.

How Snowboardcross is judged:
There are no judges for boardercross events. Boardercross riders race individually against the clock in qualifications, and the fastest riders progress to finals. In finals, athletes race in groups of four, with the two fastest racers from each heat moving on to the next round.

What is Halfpipe?

In the Halfpipe, one snowboarder at a time performs a routine of acrobatic jumps, twists and tricks on the inside of a half-cylinder-shaped snow tube or ramp while moving from one side of the halfpipe to the other.

The Physical Halfpipe
Wall – The section of a Halfpipe that slopes up from the flat bottom, propelling the rider into the air.
Transition – The section on a Halfpipe where it “transitions” from the flat bottom to the vertical wall. Transitions are measured as the radius of a large imaginary circle.
Lip – The upper edge of the Halfpipe where the wall ends.
Deck – The flat area on either side of the Halfpipe where people hike back up the pipe or stand and watch.

A great example of a competitive Halfpipe is at Cypress Mountain, it is built to the most recent specifications including 170 metres in length, 22-foot high walls and an incline of 17.4 degrees.

How Halfpipe is Judged
Halfpipe is judged by judges who will each give an overall impression score based on the following criteria:
1. Amplitude
2. Difficulty
3. Variety
4. Pipe-use
5. Execution of all tricks
(Courtesy of Brandon Arnold from www.about.com)

What is Parallel Giant Slalom?

In the Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS), two snowboarders race head-to-head down a course, turning through a series of gates. The fastest goes on to the next round. The top finishers compete in a total of nine runs.

The Physical Parallel Giant Slalom Course
The Parallel Giant Slalom course consists of a blue course and a red course side by side. The course typically has a vertical drop between 120 and 200 metres with a minimum of 18 gates. It is recommended that there are 25 set gates with a horizontal distance of approximately 20 to 25 metres. The course should be between 400–700 metres in length. The Parallel Giant Slalom course at Cypress Mountain is built to the most recent specifications. Specifications include: 515.23 metres in length and has a vertical drop of 167 metres.

How Parallel Giant Slalom is Judged
There are no judges for Parallel Giant Slalom events. Riders race head-to-head down the course against each other.

Provincial Event Series Information

Every year Snowboard Nova Scotia hosts a series of events including bordercross, halfpipe, slopestyle and parallel giant slalom events (find information about these events below). Events are hosted at three different hills throughout the province: Martock located in Windsor, Wentworth located Wentworth Valley and Ben Eoin located near Sydney, Cape Breton. Events are open to all riders age 11+ that have purchased there advanced Snowboard Nova Scotia Membership, more information on purchasing your membership can be found here.