Zoom on alpine skiing disciplines !

While the autumn is rolling, the first snow flakes have brought a touch of winter to the mountains, announcing this season’s kick off. You still don’t get the difference between Slalom and Giant Slalom, and yet your ski holiday is just a few days away ? Don’t panic ! Wed’ze makes it all clear for you. Let’s see what the different alpine skiing disciplines and their competitions are, just so you won’t miss a bit of the season.

 

You can start Alpine skiing competition as soon as you stand up !

 

Let’s start with the master of all alpine skiing disciplines : downhill! Downhill skiing puts you up to this challenge : skiing as fast as you can on a course made of large turns, jumps and acceleration parts, going down at a very high speed, up to 160 km/h! This is the only competition that will be settled with a single heat.

 

Women take a big place in this technical and powerful sport.

 

Same idea for the Super-G (stands for « Super Giant Slalom »), but this time on a much shorter course, meaning the doors are closer.

Now, after the speed disciplines, let’s skip to the technical ones: Slalom and Giant Slalom. The Slalom is the most technical ones, with doors very close to one another, requiring very quick change of direction. The course is materialized by poles without a streamer. The Giant Slalom allows for more room between the doors, the poles carry a streamer.

 

Legs of steel for the purest speed sensations.

 

You might witness the ski clubs training on the slopes, in certain designated areas of the ski resorts. Your children can become little champions too and try out the Slalom and the Giant in ski schools.

And, like every year, you can follow the pros on the Alpine Skiing FIS World Cup, get thrilled throughout the season and the different stops watching their incredible performance live on TV thanks to sports cable channels like Eurosport for example, or national channels like France Television (free), for those of you who are lucky enough to live in France. And icing on the cake, the Wolrd Championship, that take place only every two years, will be coming to you this season, from the 2nd to the 15th of February 2015 in Vail and Beaver Creek, in Colorado, USA.

So even if you are away from the slopes, get some skiing sensations on TV !

*See the full calendar of alpin skiing FIS world cup.

Emily - EN
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