Snowboarders shredded down a mountain for the first time at the 2001 World Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska. At its debut in international competition, 23 athletes competed in three Snowboarding events similar to Alpine Skiing-slalom, giant slalom and super giant slalom.

There are two ability levels offered: novice and intermediate/advanced. Athletes are placed in divisions according to ability.

Granite Peak requires both a lift ticket waiver and a competition waiver in order to participate in our State Winter Games. These waivers are for athletes AND coaches that will be on the hill. Please fill out the waivers at the links below. Reminders will be sent after the registration deadline.

2021 Competition Options

  • Athletes can compete in-person at Granite Peak in Wausau on Saturday, February 20th. Athletes will have (2) two runs per event. Their fastest run will be used for divisioning and their combined run time will be used for final placement.
    • New to 2021: Special Olympics Wisconsin will no longer offer Super Giant Slalom but will offer Unified Slalom and Unified Giant Slalom. Athletes can provide their own Unified Partners or SOWI will provide Unified Partners for Athletes who do not have one.
  • Athletes can compete in an in-practice competition by attending a ski resort NASTAR timing sessions. The list of NASTAR locations and times are found on the In-Practice Registration form. The Athlete will do (2) two runs. The fastest run will be used for divisioning and the combined times will be used for final placement. There are two events for this option, 1) the Giant Slalom and 2) the Unfied Giant Slalom.
    • Athletes will need to provide their own Unified Partner for the unified competition
    • Final scores are due February 21st
    • Athletes can participate in both the in-person and in-practice competitions

New regulations regarding ski helmets to meet the FIS standards will be in affect for the 2021 State Winter Games. There will be an equipment check before lift tickets are distributed. Athletes with helmets that don’t meet these standards will not be eligible to compete.

Under the new regulations, helmets must bear a CE mark and conform to recognized and appropriate standards such as CEH.Din 1077, ASTM F2040, SNELL S98 or RS 98. In addition, in order to attest that a helmet fulfills all FIS requirements, it must have a conformity label affixed by the manufacturer in a non-removable way, at the back of the helmet, in a position where it is not covered by the goggle strap. The conformity label must contain the text “Conform to FIS Specifications RH 2013”.

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline: February 1
  • Medical Deadline: February 1
  • Scratch Deadline: February 5
  • Competition Date (State Winter Games): February 20


  • Slalom
  • Giant Slalom
  • Unified Slalom
  • Unified Giant Slalom

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