Ski cross

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Ski Cross
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Ski Cross competitors navigating a jump at the 2010 World Cup
Highest governing body International Ski Federation
Nicknames Skier Cross, Skier-X
Characteristics
Contact No
Team members Single competitors
Mixed gender Yes
Type Freestyle skiing
Presence
Olympic 2010

Ski Cross is a type of skiing competition. Despite its being a timed racing event, it is often considered part of freestyle skiing because it incorporates terrain features traditionally found in freestyle. Ski cross courses have both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features including big-air jumps and high-banked turns. What sets ski cross apart from other alpine skiing disciplines is that there’s more than one skier racing down the course. [1] Any intentional contact with other competitors leads to disqualification.

In a time trial or qualification round, every competitor skis down the course, which is built to encompass both naturally occurring terrain and artificial features like jumps, rollers, or banks. After the time trial, the fastest 32 skiers (fastest 16 if not 32 competitors) compete in a knockout series in rounds of four. A group of four skiers start simultaneously and attempt to reach the end of the course. The first two to cross the finish line will advance to the next round. At the end, the final and semi-final rounds determine 1st to 4th and 5th to 8th places, respectively.

The International Ski Federation (FIS)'s FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup has added ski cross competitions to its calendar, since 2004 in addition to moguls and aerials. It was first in the olympics at the 2010 Winter Olympics where Michael Schmid won the men's event, and Ashleigh McIvor of Canada won the women's event.


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  1. ^ "Ski cross 101". Alpine Canada. Retrieved 12 November 2014.