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Para-Snowboard Program

Developing athletes with a disability to experience competitive snowboarding from grassroots to the national level.

About Para-Snowboard

Event Format

Para-snowboard events include male and female athletes living with a physical disability such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy and amputation. There are two disciplines that are contested at the Para Snowboarding World Championship: Snowboardcross and Banked Slalom.

Para Snowboardcross

The event takes place on a custom-built course consisting of a variety of terrain features. Each athlete individually completes timed heats to determine the final order, with the medal round consisting of two racers per heat.

The ideal para snowboardbcross (SBX) slope allows for the construction of all or some of the following terrain features:

  •  Banks (crescent shaped)
  •  Doubled banks
  •  Rollers
  •  Offset rollers (single, double, triple, etc.)
  •  Minor jumps

Other terrain features can be built, but safety considerations and the riding level of the athletes must always be respected. If the competition includes athletes in the Visually Impaired Disability Class, for safety purposes an alternate route must be created by placing a second set of gates going around potentially dangerous features.

Para Banked Slalom

Contestants race in a time-trial format, often with multiple runs on the same day, with only their best time counting towards their final result. Banked Slalom attempts to replicate the spirit of surfing on a snowboard, with the course often set up in a gully, featuring racing gates on alternate banked turns.


The Canada Snowboard philosophy is to be fully integrated with the delivery of programs and activities for able-bodied participants of the sport.

Para-snowboard has been integrated into Park to Podium: The Long Term Athlete Development Plan for Snowboarding, the Canada Snowboard Coaching Program (CSCP), and Officials Program.

Park to Podium                                                                                                                                                                  

The Long Term Athlete Development Plan for Snowboarding identifies appropriate activities for snowboard athletes accordingly to carefully designed stages of development, such as “Learn to Ride” and “Train to Train”. Detailed information on Park to Podium is available here. 


The Canada Snowboard Coaching Program (CSCP) is Canada~Snowboard's resource for the training and certification of snowboard coaches. The CSCP is a part of the Coaching Association of Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Detailed information on the CSCP is available here.

The CSCP’s integrated module for coaching athletes with a disability in snowboarding has been integrated into all Coaching Workshops.

Officials Training Program

The purpose of the Officials Training Program is to provide snowboard officials with a greater understanding of the role they will assume during a competition and to introduce them to the rules of snowboard competition, the International Rules of Competition (IRC) of the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS). For more information click here.

The Officials Training Program integrated module for officiating para-snowboard events has been integrated into all of the Official Workshops as of 2008. Any future official workshop will include the integrated module for officiating athletes with a disability.



For more information about the Para-Snowboard Program, contact
Kim Krahulec - cnen@pnanqnfabjobneq.pn 

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