So what's so good about Boardercross? GB athlete Kyle Wise shares his five favourite (and not so favourite) things about his profession
I love Boardercross because it combines my love of racing and snowboarding. Despite the sport being around for a long time and being extremely popular in terms of TV viewing figures during the Winter Olympics, it’s still a relatively niche and unknown sport. In my series of blogs with Ski Club of Great Britain, I will seek to provide an insight into the life of a competitive athlete in the sport, how my experiences have been, how you can get into it and what to expect.
Having been in Boardercross almost 10 years now, after honing many of my skills on the UK’s dryslopes, I’ve learnt a lot and had many good and bad experiences. Whilst I love it, it can be tough at times being a British athlete in the sport!
What I love
1. The adrenaline
This is what sets it apart from other sports! Everyone who’s ever skied or snowboarded loves going fast and racing down the hill, so imagine doing this super close to others, down a crazy fun track trying to overtake each other. It’s like F1 or go-karting on snow, it’s why we all do it!
2. TravellingI’ve been to some amazing places thanks to Boardercross, all over Europe and North America. Whilst I sometimes go to well-known ski resorts such as Val Thorens, Les Deux Alpes, Saas Fee, Big White, and Bad Gastein, many of the resorts that host Boardercross competitions are relatively unknown, such as Lenk, Puy St Vincent, Pitztal, Acralis, Grasgehren and Palandoken (Turkey). Last winter I went to Georgia (Gudauri) and Russia (Sunny Valley) to compete for the first time, which was incredible! Particularly visiting Tblisi in Georgia and soaking up the culture!
These short stops to non-winter destinations around competitions and training are the best, and feed that travel bug inside me! I’ve been lucky enough to visit Amsterdam, Monaco, Quebec, Lucerne, Croatia, Slovenia, the Northern Italian Lakes and Seattle all thanks to Boardercross!