These sick, flow-based freeride/freestyle parks are set to pop up in Sudelfeld , Silvretta Montafon, Mottolino/Livigno and Santa Croce/Alta Badia. Get the lowdown...

Boardercross - whether you think it's modern day gladiators strapped to snowboards or irrelavent lame-ass jockboarding one thing's for sure: blasting down an empty boardercross course (or just trannyfinding off a part of it) can sure be hella fun. The berms and whoops are are prime for slashing, ollieing and buttering round, and the jumps can be fun too if they're not too 'racey'.

But admittedly they do tend to geared a bit much towards padded up people in full face masks to be something you'd want to hit up on the regs... however Schneestern might have just changed that.

This season, their parks in Sudelfeld (Germany), Silvretta Montafon (Austria), Mottolino/Livigno and Santa Croce/Alta Badia (both Italy) will offer what they've a little clunkily dubbed 'Freeridecross' this winter. "Freeridecross takes ideas from freeriding and freestyle and puts them on a safe slope," they say before detailing how these will recreate boardercross-esque rollers, banks, drops, jumps, near-natural obstacles and more in flowing runs that promote fun and creativity regardless of ability level. “After all, not everyone’s a professional. So Freeridecross aims to close this gap," says Schneestern's Dirk Scheumann.

[Excuse the two-planking, but this gives you a good idea of the kind of seteps they're on about.]

After last winter's pilot projects, the courses at Actionwelt Sudelfeld, Silvretta Montafon, Mottolino/Livigno and Santa Croce/Alta Badia will be extended and improved for the new season. Preparations are already in full swing in all areas, and the season is due to start very soon.

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