Famed skiers Accola, Vesti support St. Moritz World Cup

Olympic and World Championships medallist and World Cup winners will attend the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup which gets underway on Friday (22 January). 21 Jan 2016
Two skiers starting from a start house on a ski slope

Mac Marcoux and his guide Robin Femy won one giant slalom and one slalom race at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

ⒸMarcus Hartmann

Swiss Olympic and World Championships medallist Paul Accola and World Cup winner Walter Vesti will support para-alpine skiers at the 2016 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, between 22-23 January.

Around 80 skiers from 18 countries are expected to compete in two slalom races, and the action on the slopes will be accompanied by a series of activities for spectators.

"The performance of these athletes is incredible, what they do on the race track is absolutely great,” said Vesti.

Accola, who won a bronze medal at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games and numerous World Championships medals is also looking forward to the occasion, according to organisers PluSport.

Alongside the attraction of world-class able-bodied skiers, the public will also be able to race against some of the best para-alpine skiers in a parallel slalom on Wednesday (21 January).

A specially developed timing system will be used to determine the winner and the slope will be adapted for amateur skiers wanting to have a go.

People can register to participate in the PluSport Parallel Challenge at PluSport’s website.

It begins at 9.30am in Salastrains with the winners’ ceremony taking place at 16.30, alongside the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz’s town square.

A meet and greet of all the international ski stars will also take place during the Opening Ceremony.

Internationally renowned musician DJ Fab will be on hand to provide entertainment.

Slalom competitions will then get underway on Friday (22 January) with the first run at 10am and second run at 13:00. The same schedule will be followed for the second slalom races on Saturday (23 January).

Pictures are updates will be available at @IPCAlpine and Facebook.com/IPCAlpineSkiing.