IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup 2013/2014
The 2013/14 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cups will take in some of the best competition slopes and landscapes around.
Ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in March 2014, skiers will travel to no less than seven countries including New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, France, Canada, Italy and the USA.
Para-snowboarders will race in Canada, Spain, the USA and France ahead of their Winter Games debut in Sochi next year.
Coronet Peak, New Zealand, 22-23 August 2013
Part of Winter Games New Zealand, the alpine slalom World Cup for para-skiers will open the winter para-skiing season. At 1649m elevation, and just 20 minutes from Queenstown, Coronet Peak is a hugely popular mountain where the World Cup will take place alongside able-bodied snowboarding, free-skiing and curling competitions.
Mount Hutt, New Zealand, 26-27 August 2013
Just three days after Coronet Peak, skiers will travel to the 2086m elevation Mount Hutt for the super-G and super combined events. Just over an hour from Christchurch airport, the peak is one of the most popular resorts in New Zealand.
Threadbo, Australia, 2-5 September 2013
The skiing World Cups in Oceania will conclude in Threadbo, Australia with the slalom and giant slalom. In the winter it is the place to be seen in the snow in the Southern Hemisphere. Thredbo Village, set within the 690,000 hectares of the Kosciuszko National Park, is one of Australia's highest alpine towns.
Panorama, Canada, 8-14 January 2013
The season in the northern hemisphere starts in the beautiful Canadian mountains.
Featuring downhill, super combined and giant slalom, the World Cup in Panorama is one of the biggest programmes on the calendar.
Copper, USA, 17-20 January 2013
Copper Mountain, Colorado is one of the largest resorts in Summit County, a place known around the world for top-class skiing. Featuring giant slalom and slalom events, this competition will see skiers looking to edge ever closer to perfection with Sochi 2014 around six weeks away at this point.
Tignes, France, 27-31 January 2013
Next stop for skiers is the French Alps. Tignes and its neighbouring resort of Val d’Isère make up the ski area known as the Espace Killy (so named after France’s Olympic downhill skiing champion Jean Claude Killy). It offers over 300kms of pisted skiing and some spectacular scenery. Downhill, giant slalom and super combined events will be played out on some of the most popular slopes in Europe.
St. Moritz, Switzerland, 3-6 February 2013
Athletes head to Europe and the glamour of St. Moritz for the penultimate World Cup competition. The resort is the only Swiss venue ever to be used for a winter Olympic Games in 1928 and 1948 and will host the slalom and giant slalom for para-skiers this season.
World Cup Final: Tarvisio, Italy, 24-27 February 2013
The valleys of Tarvisio host the season finale to the World Cup calendar in the north-east corner of Friuli Venezia Giulia, on the borders between Italy, Slovenia and Austria. Featuring downhill and super combined events, by this time Sochi will be just a few weeks away.
The calendar for 2013/14 takes in four countries and two continents, with a return to La Molina which hosted the 2012/13 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
Copper, USA, 19-20 January 2014
Kicking off the 2013/14 season, snowboarders head to Copper Mountain with their debut at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games firmly fixed in their minds. The self-proclaimed ‘home of the snow day’ is renowned for its blue sky days and naturally divided terrain.
Big White, Canada, 25-26 January 2014
Less than a week after Copper, athletes will arrive in British Columbia’s second largest ski resort. The area is known for its champagne powder giving the resort the motto of ‘it’s the snow’ – 750cm of the white stuff falls annually.
Rogla, Slovenia, 2 February 2014 - cancelled
Maribor, Slovenia, 6 February 2014 - cancelled
Final: La Molina, Spain, 10-12 February 2014
La Molina hosted the 2012/13 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in February 2013, the year Spain’s first ski lift in the resort celebrated its 70th birthday. In 2014, snowboarders will be aiming to size up their competition with less than a month to go until Sochi 2014.
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