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Para-alpine

Para-alpine

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.

Canada has won medals in para-alpine skiing at every Paralympic Winter Games since 1976 including eight at the 2014 Sochi Games and 13 on home soil in Vancouver-Whistler in 2010.  

More Information
Brianne Law
Athletic Director, Canadian Para-alpine Ski Team
blaw@alpinecanada.org
(403) 777-4241
Jeff Dunbrack
Manager, High Performance & Game Enhancements
jdunbrack@paralympic.ca
613-569-4333 x250
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Classification

Skiers in para-alpine compete in several different sport classes, depending on the activity limitation that their impairment causes.

Standing classes are LW2-LW9: LW2 to LW4 are for skiers with leg impairment; LW5 to LW8 for skiers with arm impairments and LW9 for skiers with a combination of arm and leg impairments.

Sit-skiing classes are LW10 to LW 12: All sit-skiers have impairments affecting their legs.

Skiers with visual impairment are classified B1 to B3.

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