Snowboard Cross, or SBX, debuted in the 2006 Olympics to rave reviews as one of the most action packed events in snowboarding. Riders race against each other in groups of four on a specially built snowboard cross course that includes banked turns, jumps, rollers and varied terrain.
Canadian athletes won Gold (Maelle Ricker) and Silver (Mike Robertson) in the 2010 Olympics;
Halfpipe, or HP, events are conducted in a giant pipe built at resorts with manmade snow and carved with specialized equipment to create up to a 22-foot deep pipe. There are also smaller Halfpipes at local resorts. Halfpipe riders perform a series of jumps, tricks and maneuvers that are judged and scored for their degree of difficulty and execution.
Slopestyle, or SS or SBS, tests a rider’s ability to handle a variety of terrain by executing freestyle maneuvers down a course filled with terrain features including rails, hips, tabletops and a multitude of jumps, allowing riders to combine big air and technical tricks into one run. Riders are judged and scored on amplitude, execution, difficulty of line, landings and use of the course.
Slopestyle is will be making its debut in the 2014 Olympics.
Alpine snowboarding was one of the original Olympic events in 1998. There are several formats including single and parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. The Olympics features parallel giant slalom, with parallel slalom being added to the 2014 Games.
In parallel giant slalom, or PGS, riders race head to head on side-by-side giant slalom courses with the winner advancing to the next round. Parallel slalom, or PSL, is similar but with athletes competing on slalom courses. In a single format, riders are ranked by timed runs.
Canadian athlete Jasey-Jay Anderson won Gold in the 2010 Olympics.