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Para Alpine Skiing

Para Alpine Skiing is a parasport in which athletes attempt to complete a downhill ski course in the fastest time. Courses are marked by poles or gates and may involve high speed turns, dips, flats, and jumps. Para alpine ski racing categories include downhill, super-G, giant slalom, and slalom. Downhill ski races are typically single-run, with the fastest time winning, while slalom race competitions are scored using the combined times of two runs. Para skiers primarily may use an outrigger ski, which has supports on each side; or a sit ski, which is a single ski on which participants sit with poles to support the skier on each side.

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Para alpine skiing originated in Germany and Austria after World War II, as a form rehabilitation for injured war veterans. Championships began in 1948 and sit-skis were invented soon after. The sport grew in popularity after WWII in Canada, and Canadians participated in its first appearance in the Paralympics in 1976.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds with a range of visual impairments and physical disabilities.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Para alpine skiing competitions occur throughout the winter.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?


Cultural Significance


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