It’s a simple concept: fastest skier from top to bottom wins, and if you strip it down to the essentials, it’s a simple sport. Because as much as alpine skiing has changed over the past 150 years or so, one thing has stayed the same; It’s about speed, electrifying, breathtaking speed.
It’s a sport that requires great courage and skill in equal measure; strength, agility, balance and technique. There are no judges handing out scores and no marks awarded for style. It’s strictly a numbers game in which the time it takes a skier to go from the start to the finish, passing through a series of gates on the way down, determines the outcome of each race.
In literal terms, alpine skiing – so called because it refers to skiing at or near the tree line – is the sport of sliding down snow-covered hills or mountains on skis with fixed heel bindings. There are several different kinds of alpine skiing, but it is most commonly divided into the five core disciplines ski racers compete in at the Olympics: Downhill, Slalom, Super-G, Giant Slalom and Super Combined.
National Sport Organization:
ALPINE CANADA ALPIN
Winning medals for Canada, inspiring national pride and stimulating growth in the ski community
As Canada’s national sport organization for alpine skiing, our mission is to:
- Provide world-leading programming for high-performance athletes
- Provide technical and safety leadership at all levels
- Produce champions who will serve as role models instilling our core values in young Canadians
- Promote alpine skiing in Canada
Teamwork, pride, passion and perseverance
Alpine Skiing, Ski-Cross, Para-Alpine
For further information http://www.alpinecanada.org/