Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, involves sliding down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings. This is a sport where athletes will benefit by being in good physical condition to compete successfully and safely. Through proper training, athletes improve their physical, psychological and mental efficiency. Alpine skiing is a winter sport where athletes train and compete from December through February with the hopes of competing at the state Winter Games.
The Alpine Skiing Fact Sheet provides general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world.
The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for alpine skiing shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Alpine Skiing Rules.
Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.
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Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition.
Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for alpine skiing training and competition.
- Coaching Guide
- Alpine Ski Coach Training
- Special Olympics International Alpine Skiing Resource Center
If you have any questions on coaching, visit our coach section for information.
Additional Alpine Skiing Information
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