4500 Ski Cross
After a timed qualification run, a group of competitors’ compete against each other on a specially prepared Ski Cross course that includes different types of Turns, Jumps, Waves and other freestyle Terrain Features.
 4501 Ski Cross Technical Data
4501.1.1 Courses for all competitions must be a minimum of 130 vertical meters to a maximum 250 vertical meters. The same course may be used for, men and ladies. Average slope should be between 12º-22º.
4501.1.2 The total skiing time for a course shall be between 35 – 60 seconds.
4501.1.3 The following additional criteria shall apply to course specifications;
Length: 1050m ± 150m
Vertical Drop: 215m ± 35m
4501.1.3.2 Continental Cup
Length: minimum 750m
Vertical Drop: minimum 165m
4501.1.3.3 National Championships / FIS
Length: minimum 650m
Vertical Drop: minimum 130m
4501.2.1 Type of Poles to be used A Ski Cross gate consists of a triangular gate panel attached to one non-breakaway non-hinged, static or fixed base, outside pole and on the inside or turning side a hinged, or breakaway, 45 cm long stubby pole (turning pole).
4501.2.2 Color of Gates Consecutive gates must alternate in colour unless the gate defines a corridor or banana. The color of the triangular gate panel and the poles must be the same.
 4501.2.3 Size of Triangular Gates
Triangular gates must be used in Ski Cross. The size of the gate is:
- Base 130cm
- Long side 110cm
- Short side 40cm
4501.2.4.1 The gates must be set so that the competitors can distinguish them clearly and quickly even at high speeds. The gate should be set at right angles to the competition line. In certain circumstances, competitors may be required to pass between two gates of the same color (for example: corridors).
4501.2.4.2 The gates must be set on both sides of all features such as rollers and take off of jumps as well as the finish line. Placing gates in blind locations such as landings shall be avoided. In flat non-banked turns, banked turns or any other type of turns a single turning gate shall be set and no outside gate will be required. (FS0509-10)
A gate has been passed correctly when both the competitors’ ski tips and both feet have passed across the gate line. If a competitor loses a ski, without committing a fault, e.g. not straddling a gate, then the tip of the remaining ski and both feet must have passed the gate line.
Wherever a turning gate only is required to be set, the gate line is the extension of the line from the outside pole of the gate to the gate to the turning pole which lies past the turning pole and extends into the course.