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Boardercross competition
Snowboarders in boardercross competition.

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.

Competition format is typically a time trial followed by a knock-out tournament.[1]


Boardercross began as a television stunt for a Greg Stump production in 1991.[2] It was part of the Winter X Games from 1997-2012 where it was referred to as Boarder X. Following the event's cancellation for 2013, it returned in 2014. Boardercross became a Winter Olympic sport in 2006.


The name derives from the motorcycle sport of motocross. In Olympic and International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned competition, the sport is referred to as Snowboard Cross or SBX by the official organisers. The term boardercross is also used in the context of mountainboarding.

In culture[edit]

Early releases in the EA Sports SSX (Snowboard Supercross) series of video games were loosely based on boardercross. Sonic Riders, a Sonic the Hedgehog series racing game in which SEGA characters race on hoverboards, is partly inspired by boardercross.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boardercross Competition". Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Six things to know about boardercross". Retrieved 13 November 2014.