7 Best Snowboarding Games

The 7 Best Snowboarding Games [2024]

by Ben

While hitting the slopes in real life may not always be possible, fear not!

Snowboarding console games can provide a virtual escape to the mountains.

Unfortunately, there aren’t all that many to choose from. And many of the existing ones are a little dated. But the gameplay is pretty fun all the same!

The best snowboarding games are:

  1. Infinite Air with Mark McMorris
  2. 1080 Snowboarding 
  3. Steep
  4. Amped 2
  5. SSX
  6. Shaun White Snowboarding
  7. SSX: Tricky 

Let’s take a closer look. 

1. Infinite Air with Mark McMorris

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Infinite Air - PlayStation 4
  • Featuring top snowboarder Mark Morris and other elite riders
  • Procedurally generated mountains and full-featured editor delivers an infinite number of runs to ride
  • Fluid, physics-driven controls deliver unparalleled expression and control for the most authentic snowboarding experience ever
  • Compete in real-world competitions with authentic scoring: Slope style, Big Air and Half pipe
  • Share your creations and best runs online with friends
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Infinite Air - Xbox One
  • Featuring top snowboarder Mark Morris and other elite riders
  • Procedurally generated mountains and full-featured editor delivers an infinite number of runs to ride
  • Fluid, physics-driven controls deliver unparalleled expression and control for the most authentic snowboarding experience ever
  • Compete in real-world competitions with authentic scoring: Slope style, Big Air and Half pipe
  • Share your creations and best runs online with friends

Infinite Air was released in 2016. Developed by HB Studios and featuring the input of professional snowboarder Mark McMorris, the game aims to provide an authentic snowboarding experience.

Mark McMorris, a highly regarded and accomplished snowboarder in real life, worked closely with the developers to ensure the game captured the essence of the sport. His expertise and input helped shape the gameplay mechanics, tricks, and overall feel of the game, providing a realistic snowboarding experience.

One of the standout features of Infinite Air is its emphasis on creativity and freedom. The game offers an open-world mountain environment where players have the freedom to explore and create their own custom snowboarding runs. From choosing the perfect terrain to shaping jumps and rails, players have the ability to customize and design their own unique riding experiences.

The trick system in Infinite Air is designed to be intuitive and responsive, allowing players to perform a wide array of tricks, flips, and spins. 

The game also allows players to compete and share their courses with others. Through online leaderboards and challenges, players can compare their skills with friends and the wider community.

1080° Snowboarding is a classic snowboarding game released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64.

Developed by Nintendo, it offers realistic gameplay, impressive graphics, and a memorable soundtrack.

Players choose characters and race down slopes, perform tricks, and navigate gates for points and speed boosts. The game features diverse locations, multiplayer modes, and intuitive controls.

With its enduring popularity, 1080° Snowboarding remains a beloved title in snowboarding gaming history.

3. Steep

Steep (PS4)
  • Ride your way: Navigate the open world freely and create your own path as you decide how to explore your massive mountain playground. Choose between four unique ways to traverse the mountain: ski, wingsuit, snowboard, or paraglide. Rip through snowy terrains and skies, discover hidden spots, or just take in all the beauty the highlands of the Alps and Alaska have to offer. Share thrilling, adrenaline-fueled experiences with other players.
  • Live unforgettable moments with others: Seamlessly meet other players and choose to follow them or play together. Group with your friends to pull off the craziest stunts imaginable; you can even mix sports to create wild tricks. Challenge friends to beat your own personal records, lines, and scores.
  • Participate in a wide variety of challenges: Prove that you’re the king of the mountain by dropping into unique and spectacular challenges that put your skills to the test. Participate in specific challenges designed for each sport, such as Big Air, Proximity Flying, or Forest Slaloms. Compete with your friends and the community on any challenge through leaderboards. Play through epic riding quests to find out about the Mountain’s secrets and experience unique moments.
  • Shape everything: Think your exploits are worth sharing? Relive epic moments and challenges, and share replays across all social media. Each time you cut a fresh path down the slopes, you create a one-of-a-kind run that can be watched and experienced by your friends online. Relive all your most spectacular runs, epic wipeouts, and wildest stunts. Choose the ideal camera angles, pace, and speeds to create the perfect post and dare the world to do better.
Steep - Snowboarding Game - Xbox One
  • RIDE YOUR WAY - Conquer the world's most epic mountains on skis, wingsuits, snowboards, and paragliders.
  • LIVE UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS WITH OTHERS - Ride solo or drop in next to other players to share thrilling, adrenaline-fueled rides.
  • THE MOUNTAIN IS YOURS TO EXPLORE - Create your own path through the massive open world of the Alps, and share your best custom lines with friends.
  • PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST - Prove that you're king of the mountain in unique and spectacular challenges.
  • SHARE EVERYTHING - Capture your most insane stunts and share via social media.

If you’re yearning for a vast open-world playground to explore, look no further than Steep.

Released in 2016, this game takes you to the majestic peaks of the Alps and Alaska, offering a breathtakingly immersive snowboarding experience. 

In Steep, you can seamlessly switch between snowboarding, skiing, wingsuit flying, and paragliding, allowing for a diverse range of exhilarating adventures. The game’s stunning visuals, dynamic weather system, and online multiplayer options make it a true standout in the genre.

STEEP

There’s also an X Games version which is pretty epic!

Steep X Games Gold Edition (PS4)
  • Steep X Games Gold Edition includes Steep base game, the Season Pass year 1 and the X Games Pass
  • Freely explore a breathtaking open world in the Alps and Alaska as you create your own path and decide how to experience this massive mountain playground, whether by ski, snowboard, wingsuit or paraglide
  • Participle in a wide variety of challenges and prove that you are the king of the mountain by dropping into unique and spectacular challenges that put your skills to the test.
  • Participate in the epic ski and snowboard competition and steal the show as a freestyle prodigy in the making!
  • Capture and share videos and pictures of your craziest stunts and most inspired rides through gorgeous panoramas using the Photo and Director modes

4. Amped 2

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Amped 2 for XBOX
  • Go global with the addition of new mountains, including Laax, Switzerland, Mt. Buller in Australia, and heli-riding Harris Mountain in New Zealand
  • Play as 14 top snowboarding pros, including Jeremy Jones, Mikey LeBlanc, Travis Parker, and Janna Meyen
  • Build your fame by pulling off tricks in front of sponsors, photographers, and fans -- build your fame and climb to the top ranks in the sport
  • Check out all the new aerial tricks -- advanced grabs, a full set of styled-out rail slides, tweaks, stalls, hand & foot plants and even nose-and-tail manuals
  • Play head-to-head with friends in the incredible set of multiplayer challenges

For those seeking a more realistic snowboarding experience, Amped 2 is the perfect choice.

Released in 2003, this Xbox exclusive focused on authenticity, offering a physics-driven gameplay model and true-to-life trick mechanics.

Amped 2 boasts an impressive roster of real-world mountains and an emphasis on mastering technical skill. Strap on your boots, hit the slopes, and immerse yourself in the thrill of realistic snowboarding action.

5. SSX

SSX - Xbox 360
  • Players will drop into nine of the most iconic mountains ranges and regions on planet earth and each of these iconic mountain ranges have then been exaggerated to deliver a gameplay experience that is true to SSX
  • SSX introduces arevolutionary physics engine that will allow players to ride and trick off almost anything in theenvironment
  • From boards of varying speeds to wing suits that let you glide for longerdistances, upgrade your gear to ride faster, trick higher and survive longer
  • Characters include: Elise, Mac, Kaori, Psymon,Moby, Zoe, Griff, Ty, Tane and Alex
  • Defying the laws of reality, SSX will enable players to pull off tricks that would make even theworld’s greatest snowboarders cringe

First released in 2000, SSX is the first in a long and successful series.

SSX combines arcade-style racing with gravity-defying stunts. Players take control of various characters, each with their own unique abilities, and compete in fast-paced races and trick events.

With its impressive graphics, catchy soundtracks, and addictive gameplay, SSX captivated snowboarding enthusiasts around the world.

Sure, the graphics are outdated and the loading times a little slow – but it’s a timeless classic. SSX has earned it’s place as one of the most iconic and beloved snowboarding game franchises in the industry.

6. Shaun White Snowboarding

Created by Ubisoft, Shaun White Snowboarding is an immersive open-world mountain experience.

Released in 2008, the game lets players carve their own path, complete challenges, and unlock new areas.

With a mix of arcade-style and realistic gameplay, Shaun White Snowboarding offers a balance that caters to a wide range of players. Strap in and ride alongside the legendary Shaun White himself in this thrilling snowboarding adventure.

7. SSX: Tricky

Released in 2001, this game revolutionized the genre with its over-the-top tricks, stunning visuals, and an infectious hip-hop soundtrack.

Take control of one of the colorful characters, perform jaw-dropping stunts, and conquer challenging courses in this fast-paced arcade-style game.

SSX Tricky’s combination of adrenaline-pumping gameplay and an upbeat atmosphere makes it a must-play for snowboarding enthusiasts.

Final Thoughts

There are a wide variety of fantastic snowboarding games that I’ve not managed to fit on this list.

Ultimately, there are a ton of options out there and one of them is bound to suit you.

With all of that being said, I hope that you find a game that suits your needs. 

Happy (virtual) riding!

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2 comments

Proven King 03/09/2023 - 5:04 pm

blast from the past! I had most of these. Awesome games!

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Ollie 11/09/2023 - 4:22 pm

Going to get all of these. stooooooked

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