The main aim remains to complete courses in the shortest time (aided this time around by shortcuts), to perform the best-scoring tricks and to rack up huge total scores. There are more unlockables and also the option to customize the snowboard's graphics. The game offers 7 snowboarders, 18 snowboards and 10 courses to compete on. An original advertisement for the game features Seth Romatelli of the comedypodcastUhh Yeah Dude.
There are several snowboarders available for use in the game.
There are also three secret boarders that will become available from completing tournaments and breaking point records.
Gray: An alien using a miniature UFO as a snowboard. Gray's trick and balance skills are better than most of the human characters, but he is the slowest.
Boss: The alleged boss of Cool Boarders 2. He is the most fluidly-controlled human character, and has his own board available upon unlocking.
Snow Man: A small snowman using a red frying pan as a snowboard. Is the fastest of all the characters (Despite Snow Man's lack of body weight), but is hardest to control at such high speeds.
There are also three CPU-only characters - Kelly, Jicchi and Nick - who cannot be unlocked and are featured so that there are more competing boarders in the Competition mode. Boss, Gray and Snowman cannot be used in the Competition mode, even after being unlocked, despite Boss' presence in the tournament.