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The sport of snowboarding has evolved massively over the years and is now one of the most popular ways to take to the slopes. It's beginnings were rather humble with the board itself evolving from the child's 'Snurfer' toy, a piece of rope attached to a wooden plank, which Tom Sims modified to the snowboard we know today.

It was Jake Burton however who championed for the sport to become more mainstream and allow snowboarders to use the same slopes as skiers. This finally happened in 1982 with the inaugural US Snowboarding Championships in Vermont which put the sport in the limelight.

Following the success in 1982 the sport has gone from strength to strength and was inducted into the Winter Olympics in 1982 and subsequently a Paralympic sport in 2014.


As with skiing, snowboarding offers a number of options depending on how advanced you are / adventurous.

Slopestyle: Basically, a piste full of jumps and boxes to showcase your skills on the snow and in the air. Riders compete individually and are award points on their performance b a group of judges.

Parallel Giant Slalom: This event was introduced in 2002 and evolved from the Giant Slalom which featured in 1998. 2 riders compete against each other downhill through a series of gates and the fastest wins.

Halfpipe: This event is judged based on skills and tricks and as the name suggests involves a halfpipe. Riders pull tricks on the 22 feet high walls and the one with the most points wins, simple.

Snowboard Cross: This event sees 4 riders competing at the same time to race down a course seeing jumps, turns and pure adrenaline.

What is on when?

The official Winter Olympics programme can be viewed here.

The snowboarding competitions start with qualification for Slopestyle on Saturday 10th February and run for 12 days throughout the competition.