Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding
Do You Know…
o What do you call the poles the athletes need to ski around during a race?
o What is the difference between a slalom and giant slalom race?
o What is the moving sidewalk used to get beginners up the slope called?
• The first Alpine skiing
competition ever held in the
history of Special Olympics
took place in 1974. Alpine
skiing was introduced to the
Special Olympics movement
by Jim Cottrell with French Swiss Ski College. SONC
hosted its first state-level Winter Games – Alpine
skiing event in 1994 with over 200 athletes and coaches
traveling to Boone for the competition. Snowboarding
was added in 2007.
• Athletes receive training from volunteers with the
Raleigh Skiing and Outing Club and French Swiss Ski
College over the first two days of the state-level event.
They move into competition on the second day.
• Athletes are placed in competitive groupings, called
divisions, for competition. Their divisions may change
based on any ability improvement after training.
All awards are given as each race concludes.
Athletes report directly to an awards area
in the lodge after their events, so please
don’t pull them away from their group when
they finish racing.
What is a Biski?
A biski is a stable seat mounted on two skis
to allow an athlete who uses a wheelchair
to compete by using his/her balance and
stability to steer the biski.
Please remain in
designated areas to
ensure the path is
clear for athletes
to get to competition
Levels of Competition:
For Alpine skiing:
Yellow – Beginner/Adaptive
Green – Novice
Blue – Intermediate
Black – Advanced
Level 1 – new
Level 2 – able to use lifts and the “magic carpet”
Level 3 – able to make turns on beginner slope
Level 4 – comfortable on intermediate terrain
Level 5 – comfortable on advanced terrain
ANSWERS: 1. GATES; 2. DISTANCE BETWEEN GATES; 3. MAGIC CARPET