Rider Classification is required for competition at WSF Para‐Snowboard competitions to:
• Assess eligibility criteria by determining if the type and degree of impairments of a Rider are relevant to WSF Para‐Snowboard and the impairment is significantly severe to meet the minimal disability standards as described in the WSF Para‐Snowboard Sport‐Class Profiles.
• Group Riders for competition in order to minimize the impact of impairment on performance outcomes, ensuring that competitive success is determined more so by strategies, skills, and talent of Riders.
There are two (2) competitive categories for WSF Para-Snowboard events:
1) Standing – Riders with physical impairments e.g. amputation, incomplete spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy
2) Sitting (both snowboarding and skiing) – Riders with physical impairments e.g. complete paraplegia, bilateral lower extremity amputation
*Riders with a Visual Impairment – Para-SBX for riders with a visual impairment (VI) remains in development. As the Sport class has not yet reached internationally competitive standards in regards to the numbers of riders presenting for race registration; the VI class will not be considered a medal contending class at WSF Para-Snowboard competitions. Local Organising Committees (LOCs) hosting WSF Para-SBX Competitions have the option to host the VI class as a Demonstration.
Classification is performed by WSF Classifiers trained in the Para-Snowboard Classification System. The Para-Snowboard Classification Handbook describes the classification process and Para-Snowboard Rider Sport Classes. Sport classes describe the grouping of Riders for competition.
For more information, download the Para-Snowboard Classification Handbook
Other Para-Snowboard Classification documents can be found below:
• Classification Rider Information – download here