What is Alpine Skiing?
Para alpine skiing is practised worldwide and features six disciplines: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-G, super combined, and team events. Athletes combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100km/h
Who Can Take Part?
Male and female athletes with a physical impairment such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, amputation and blindness/visual impairment can take part in Alpine Skiing. Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability, and a results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other. Some athletes use equipment that is adapted to their needs including single ski, sit-ski or orthopaedic aids.
CP5 – Severe diplegic involvement in both legs
CP6 – Athletes with athetotic or ataxic impairment of movements in all four limbs
CP 5 – moderate to slight diplegic involvement in both legs (with sticks)
CP 6 – moderate athetoid or ataxic impairment
CP7 – athletes with severe hemiplegia with disabilities in one leg and one arm, diagonal or
on the same side
CP7 – Athletes with minimal or moderate to slight hemiplegia with disabilities in one leg and one arm, diagonal or on the same side
CP8 – minimal involvement at all four limbs
Cerebral Palsy with disabilities in all four limbs
Cerebral palsy with disabilities in lower extremities
World Para Alpine Skiing
World Para Alpine Skiing are a subcommittee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and are the governing body for para alipne skiing. Five events are on the Paralympic programme: downhill, super-G, super combined, giant slalom, and slalom.