Para-Alpine Skiing

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What is Para-Alpine Skiing?

There are five events in para alpine skiing: downhill, Super-G, slalom, giant slalom and super combined.  Athletes with physical disabilities compete in standing and on sit-skis while visually impaired racers are accompanied by a guide skier. 

Para-alpine skiing demands extreme agility, strength, and speed, with racers reaching and exceeding speeds of 100km/hour. For all events except slalom, athletes race one run and are ranked according to the fastest time. A missed gate results in disqualification.

It is currently practiced in more than 40 countries, and continues to grow in popularity and accessibility. At the first Paralympic Winter Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, in 1976, the slalom and giant slalom were the only two para-alpine events. Today, all five para-alpine events are featured at the Paralympic Games.

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snow Sports

Tom Clarke

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive
c/o Courtenay Recreation / Filberg Centre
411 Anderton Avenue
Courtenay, BC  V9N 6C6


Paralympic Sport

On Viasport

Yes (Disabled Skiiers Association of BC)

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