Snowboarders clip a snowboard to their boots and then ride down snow covered hills. It is a very fast ride!
Athletes compete in these events: the slalom, the halfpipe, and the snowboard cross.
In the slalom event the riders race down a slope, zigzagging and changing direction quickly around flags, called 'gates', set in the snow. Riders try to pass through every gate without knocking any of them down.
Halfpipe competitions are held in a course shaped like a pipe that has been cut in half lengthwise and set in the snow. Competitors drop into the pipe and then perform tricks off the walls of the halfpipe and in the air above it. Judges award points for for the number of tricks that a snowboarder performs and for the difficulty of the tricks.
In snowboard cross four riders race across a course studded with jumps, bumps and huge turns.