Sochi’s Slope style course preview

If you’re itching to see what the Olympics will bring this year, you’re not alone. Although snowboarding was only introduced to the winter Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan, the sport has gained a strong following and expanded the reach of the Olympic Games. With plenty of snow sport options, snowboarding just added to the list, but

The 2014 course in Sochi will not disappoint those who are lucky enough to ride and will thrill everyone watching. With three jib sections and three jumps that get progressively bigger, this is the first time a slopestyle event has made it to the Olympics. The vertical drop slope profile is 495 feet, the course is 2,083 feet long and 82 to 98 feet wide. As competitors ride through the course they are faced with obstacles to show off their skills. They will be judged based on their transitions between elements as well as their ability to concur the jibs and jumps with style.

The only thing that may put a damper on this course is the amount of snow available. The last proposed slopestyle event was canceled due to warm, rainy weather that couldn’t maintain the snow. The course will be constructed by the Freestyle and Snowboard staff of the Russian Federation and will be ready for riders on February 8 when the men will take to the course, followed by the women on February 9.