With its athletes throwing down tricks in the halfpipe and grabbing big air on the slopestyle course, snowboarding has cemented its place as the Olympic Winter Games' most action-packed sport. Snowboarding is also a marquee sport in the Winter X Games and the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series. Snowboarders are constantly innovating to create never-before-seen tricks and techniques, meaning that the sport is ever-changing.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is committed to the progression of snowboarding by providing athletic programs, services, and competitions across the country. The ultimate goal for U.S. Ski & Snowboard has been and will always be clear: American riders placing on the Olympic podium.
The sport consists of four primary events: halfpipe snowboarding, slopestyle snowboarding, snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom snowboarding.
Athletes get started in snowboarding by learning to ride at a local resort via numerous learn to ride programs and through United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) competitions. USASA events are best events for entry-level athletes and are offered in regions across the country. Each event series presents organized competitions in halfpipe, slopestyle, alpine snowboarding, snowboardcross, rail jams and banked slalom. At the conclusion of the regional series season, the organization hosts the USASA National Championships at the end of March/early April. You can find more information on USASA's relationship with U.S. Ski & Snowboard here.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard Clubs are the primary starting point for aspiring athletes, providing an introduction point with knowledgeable coaches and officials to guide them along the development pipeline. There are numerous opportunities for athletes to build their careers as snowboarding athletes, including Project Gold development camps.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard provides education and support to its local clubs including a certification process for coaches, judges and officials and the club itself to ensure the best experience possible for athletes and parents.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard is the most successful international snowboard program winning total of 24 Olympic medals, including the historic sweep of the podium in the men's halfpipe in 2002 and Best in the World performances with seven medals in 2006, five medals in 2010, and five medals in 2014. The level of talent, depth, and industry support remains strong for elite level riders.