Snowboard Cross (SBX)
Unlike other snowboarding events, there is no judging component in Snowboard cross. It is all about speed as snowboarders race six at a time down a course comprised of various features such as banks, jumps, rollers and turns. Olympic snowboard cross courses have a length of 900m to 1200m with a vertical drop of 180m to 250m. A timed qualification run is used to clasify the snowboarders into different heats of six snowboarders each.
A special start device is used and when it opens the snowboarders start down the slope. The start and the first section of the course before the first turn is a critical part of the run, since passing can easily occur. Other passing areas are designed into the course and interference between skiers can lead to disqualification. During each heat, the first two snowboarders crossing the finish line move onto the next heat, while the last two snowboarders, get ranked based upon their qualification times. The so-called big final round, determines the places from 1st to 6th, and the so-called ‘small final’ determines place for 7th to 12th.