Athletes from all around the world are making their way to Pitztal, Austria for the first 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing European Cup races taking place from 11-13 December.
Competitions will include a Super Combination on 11 December, a Slalom on 12 December and a Giant Slalom on 13 December.
Over 100 male and female athletes from 19 different countries will be in Pitztal for the 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing European Cup competing in three different classes – sitting, standing and visually impaired.
Some notable athletes who will be competing include Martin Braxenthaler (GER) and Lauren Woolstencroft (CAN) who won at the 2008 IPC Alpine Skiing European Cup in Pitztal. Several athletes who were successful at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games will also be in Pitztal, including Christopher Williamson (CAN) and Thomas Pfyl (SUI).
On 10 December, another IPC Alpine Skiing race will take place in Pitztal, hosted by Pitztal and the IPC, where the IPC is acting as the Host Local Organizing Committee for the first time. A Giant Slalom will take place open to all athletes, especially those who are undergoing classification before the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.