Winter Games NZ hosts a selection of FIS Snowboard events each year. The period within the Olympic Qualification cycle dictates which events are hosted.
To learn a bit more about the various disciplines have a read below!
Slopestyle & Big Air
Slopestyle is a discipline that consists of rail features and jump features which athletes must link together from top to bottom. Big Air is a discipline that consists of one large jump that athletes perform impressive and technical tricks on.
Slopestyle and Big Air are judged events, meaning each run the athlete takes is scored by a panel of judges. The run is evaluated based on progression, amplitude, variety, execution and difficulty. The score is out of 100 points.
Halfpipe is a discipline that consists of a half tube made from snow. FIS standard Superpipes are 22 feet (6.7m) tall and approximately 180m long / 21m wide.
The athlete makes their way down skiing from left to right and airing out above the lip of the halfpipe (called the coping). On average athletes will get between five and eight hits (or airs) during their run.
This is a judged event, meaning each run the athlete takes is scored by a panel of judges. The run is evaluated based on progression, amplitude, variety, execution, and difficulty. The score is out of 100 points.
Amplitude is really important in the halfpipe, tricks should be performed well above the lip of the coping. This means that often athletes are up to 40 feet (over 12m) above the flat bottom of the halfpipe while at the apex of their trick (18 feet above the coping).