Slopestyle athletes make their way down, through and over a course comprised of a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features — scoring points for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. The discipline has its roots in action sports like skateboarding and BMX biking and has very successfully crossed over into the snow sports worlds of skiing and snowboard.
Slopestyle is one of the most accessible snow sports, as virtually every ski resort has a terrain park where aspiring athletes can learn to jump, slide and jib.
Slopestyle tricks fall mainly into four categories: spins, grinds, grabs and flips.
In competition athletes are judged on:
Amplitude: How much air athletes get off the jumps
DD: The degree of difficulty of the tricks they perform
Execution: How well the athletes perform their tricks
Overall: The whole package, including the athlete’s personal style. It includes the grabs and positions athletes add to the tricks to make them their own.