Sports Summary

Para-snowboard was added to the Paralympic Winter Program in 2012 by the International Paralympic Committee. The sport made its first appearance at the Paralympic Games at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Para-snowboard features two disciplines; banked slalom and snowboard-cross, with giant slalom to make its Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2022 Games.

Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability – SB-LL1 and SB-LL2 for lower-limb impairments and SB-UL for upper-limb impaired athletes. Snowboarders can use equipment that is adapted to their needs including snowboard and orthopaedic aids.

World Para Snowboard acts as the International Federation for the sport which is coordinated by the World Para Snowboard Sport Technical Committee.

Para-snowboard events:

Banked slalom

Each athlete competes three runs down the course with their best run determining the final order based on ascending time. The course may be a medium pitched slope. It may be preferably a naturally varying terrain, with plenty of bumps and dips, and preferably a U-shape/natural valley

Snowboard-cross 

During qualification, each athlete completes three runs down the course with their best run determining the final order based on ascending time. There is only one rider on the course at a time during qualification.

Finals consist of 16 men and eight women, with two competitors competing for the bronze medal, and two competitors competing for gold.

 

Links

Ski & Snowboard Australia (SSA)

World Para Snowboard (formerly IPC Snowboard)

Events & Disciplines

Banked slalom

Each athlete competes three runs down the course with their best run determining the final order based on ascending time. The course may be a medium pitched slope. It may be preferably a naturally varying terrain, with plenty of bumps and dips, and preferably a U-shape/natural valley

Snowboard-cross 

During qualification, each athlete completes three runs down the course with their best run determining the final order based on ascending time. There is only one rider on the course at a time during qualification.

Finals consist of 16 men and eight women, with two competitors competing for the bronze medal, and two competitors competing for gold.

Classification

Who is eligible for Para Snowboard? Athletes with a physical impairment (such as limb loss or limb deficiency, spinal cord injury, nerve damage, cerebral palsy).

What are the classes?  Athletes with a physical impairment compete in classes: SB-LL-1, SB-LL-2 or SB-UL.

How do I get a classification? Request a classification using the Get Classified form.

Classification Masterlist: See below for the National Para Snowboard Classification Masterlist. This list includes athletes who have been nationally or internationally classified as per IPC Classification Rules or APC Classification Policy.

Australian Snowboard Classification Masterlist May 2015 pdf

Rules & Equipment

Athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs.

Alex Handley

Alex Handley

Snowboarding

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Ben Tudhope

Ben Tudhope

Snowboarding

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Joany Badenhorst

Joany Badenhorst

Snowboarding

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Sean Pollard

Sean Pollard

Snowboarding

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Simon Patmore

Simon Patmore

Snowboarding

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Meet the 2016 Paralympic Snowboarding Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Ski & Snowboard Australia
skiandsnowboard.org.au

Disabled Winter Sport Australia
disabledwintersport.com.au