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Snowboard Cross

Snowboard Cross or boardercross is a snowboard competition in which a four to six snowboarders race down a course. Boardercross courses are typically quite narrow and include cambered turns, various types of jumps, berms, rollers, drops, steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. It is not uncommon for racers to collide with each other mid-race.  Boardercross courses share common traits with motorcycle motocross courses, hence the similarity between the names of each sport.  Every boardercross course is a little different. They all slope downhill and are usually quite narrow. Since multiple riders compete at a time, the narrowness of the course means get­ting competitive with your opponents to get and stay in the lead.

 

Competition Pathway

In Scotland the entry point into skier cross competition is with the Scottish Schools Snowsports Association annual SBX Champs in November. This is a very popular indoor event designed for primary and secondary school pupils new to skier and boarder cross. For information visit www.sssa.co

The next step up is the annual Scottish Ski and Boarder Cross Championships (SSBX) held every February at Glenshee. This is a fun and friendly open competition that accepts circa 160 entries annually. See the calendar for dates and information.

Training and Preparing for Snowboard Cross Competition

To train and prepare for success in snowboard cross, competitors will need to focus on 4 key ingredients:-

  • The building of strength and athleticism
  • Developing their technical skills in alpine skiing or snowboarding 
  • Developing their jumping skills and aerial awareness
  • Developing an understanding of good line selection and the rules of racing

These skills come from immersing yourself in the correct environment to learn, and practice over a prolonged period of time.

To reach the top level a snowboard cross athlete will require commitment to:-

  • A supervised strength and conditioning programme + regular multi-sport activity
  • A freestyle skills training programme
  • Regular time on task in the mountains differing snow conditions
  • Homework and study line selection and race tactics

Once athletes start to get more serious than occasional and casual fun competition they should also start to consider looking at lifestyle and nutrition considerations.

For further information please contact Ross Gardner at Snowsport Scotland on 0131 625 4405

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