1st Edition

Women in Snowboarding

By Mari Kristin Sisjord Copyright 2023

    This is the first book to examine the role of women in the origins, development and contemporary landscape of snowboarding. Focusing on organised and professional snowboarding, it explores the significance of women as participants, coaches, leaders, and high-profile sport stars. 

    The book explores the history of snowboarding, the organisation of international snowboarding, issues related to facilities, competition formats which are the same for female and male riders, and injury risk, safeguarding, training and coaching. Before the concluding chapter, three elite snowboarders representing different epochs and riding styles – Åshild Lofthus, Stine Brun Kjeldaas, and Kjersti Buaas – are introduced, whose narratives shed light on the main themes of the book. With a broad scope in terms of topics and academic disciplines, from medicine and biomechanics to the social sciences and sport governance, the book is grounded in sociology and gender studies. 

    This book is fascinating reading for scholars and students with an interest in the sociology of sport, coaching, sport management, sport history or interdisciplinary perspectives in sport science, or anybody with a passion for snowboarding.

    1. Introduction

    2. The History of Snowboarding: From Counterculture to the Olympic Games

    3. Structure and Gender Inequality in Snowboarding Organisations

    4. Snowboarding Disciplines, Facilities and Injuries

    5. Training and Coaching in Snowboarding

    6. Female Snowboarders in Various Contexts

    7. Female Elite Snowboarders Representing Different Epochs and Snowboarding Styles

    8. Concluding Remarks


    Mari Kristin Sisjord is Professor in Sport Sociology in the Department of Sport and Social Sciences at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway. Mari Kristin has published widely on issues related to youth sport, gender and sport, particularly with regard to women’s experiences of coaching and sport leadership, and women and girls in snowboarding.