The giantxtour was born in the Waldensian college of Echallens with, at the time, the pedagogical principle of using several simultaneous school activities. The concept aimed to place students on a very long-term project (12 months). At the time, it had no vocation to be perpetuated. But already 23 years and as many demonstrations have passed since then...
The first edition, stamped giant cross, was launched in 1998, on the slopes of the Leysin ski area. The Vaud ski resort welcomed 80 schoolchildren participating in a snowboarding event. Following its initial success, the competition quickly spread to French-speaking Switzerland and then to the Bernese Oberland. The rest of German-speaking Switzerland followed a few years later.
The Freestyle Big Air was added to the initial Boardercross in 2003, the Skiercross in 2005 and the Freestyle Slopestyle in 2015. In addition, since 2013, GXT has enjoyed a partnership with EPFL, adding a third category to the two already existing ones. Today, the event is a spectacle, a must-see event in winter. It sets the pace for the life of the partner resorts and the final, the highlight of the season, always attracts a large audience at the end of March.