Snowboarding 101: Rules

Posted at 12:20 PM, Sep 10, 2021

These are the rules for snowboard halfpipe, parallel giant slalom, slopestyle and snowboard cross at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.


If a competitor stops in the halfpipe for more than 10 seconds, the competitor will be scored to that point and the run will be considered terminated. The competitor must then exit the course as soon as possible.

Parallel Giant Slalom

Athletes can receive a disqualification for the following infractions: 

  • False start 
  • Disturbing their opponent during a run 
  • Passing through the wrong gate 
  • Failing to execute a turn on the outside of a gate 
  • Not finishing the run with at least one foot fixed to the board 

Snowboard Cross

Throughout all rounds, intentional contact by pushing, pulling or any other method that causes another competitor to slow down, fall or exit the course is grounds for an automatic disqualification. Unavoidable casual contact may be deemed acceptable. All contact infractions are at the discretion of the course judges and race jury. 

The race leader has the right to choose their line through the course but is not allowed to intentionally block an opponent from passing. Such obstructions may be penalized by the course judges and race jury. 

If a competitor feels that a rule violation occurred during their heat, they can make a request to any member of the race jury for the alleged incident to be reviewed. The request must be made before the next heat starts.

NBC Olympics Research contributed to this report