The 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships will be held in Tarvisio, Italy, between 22-31 January.
Featuring around 140 athletes from 30 countries, the event is organised locally by SportXAll.
It will be the last major competition ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and is expected to attract some of the world’s best skiers.
An enchanting tourist resort bordering on three countries, Tarvisio is a town located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region but it is also a major ski resort among other high quality ski resorts in the Alps.
This area is really different from anything else. Here culture, customs and habits and also traditions have been influenced by the bordering countries of Austria and Slovenia. Tarvisio has an indissoluble bond with skiing.
Thanks to the high quality of its slopes it has hosted numerous international sport events.
This tourist resort is also much appreciated by ski fans who really love downhill skiing on perfect slopes suitable for any skier, no matter the level of experience or training.
History of the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships
2015 – Panorama, Canada
Taking place off the back of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, around 130 athletes from 30 countries gathered in the Canadian Rockies.
France’s Marie Bochet was the star of the show, leaving the Championships with five gold medals to bring her consecutive world title total to 11 over three editions in women’s standing events.
Mac Marcoux and his guide brother BJ delighted the home crowds with gold in the men’s downhill visually impaired to add to their Paralympic gold in giant slalom from the year before.
2013 – La Molina, Spain
For the last major international competition before the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, over 120 athletes from 29 countries gathered in the Spanish resort of La Molina to test their mettle over eight days of competition.
France topped the medals table once again thanks to 18-year-old standing skier Marie Bochet who entered the history books, sweeping the board with five gold medals to become the first ever female Para alpine skier to win downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super combined and super-G titles at the same event.
Japan’s Taiki Morii won three golds in the men’s sitting competitions and Austrian Claudia Loesch in the women’s races.
Faces to emerge at La Molina included Austria’s Markus Salcher who picked up titles in the downhill and super-G men’s standing.
France won a total of 12 medals including seven golds equalled by Austria who just lost out by one silver gong. Russia completed the top three with 11 medals including four golds.
Canada won the most medals with eight bronze, one gold and one silver.
2011 - Sestriere, Italy
The first World Championships following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games involved 130 athletes from 23 countries.
Using the venue which was used during the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games, skiers competed in downhill, giant slalom, super-G, super combined and team events.
The star of the event and top medial winner was France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, who claimed four gold and two silver medals at the Championships, helping his country top the medals table.
Born without a left arm, 25 year old Gauthier-Manuel won gold in the standing events for super combined, slalom and giant slalom as well as the team event. In addition he picked up silver in the downhill and super-G standing races.
Spain’s Jon Santacana, a 30-year-old visually impaired skier, was also a big winner claiming three gold medals in super G, super combined and giant slalom with his guide Miguel Galindo Garces as well as two silvers in downhill and slalom. His success in Sestriere clearly caught the public’s attention as he was voted January’s IPC Athlete of the Month for his achievements.
France finished with 18 medals, including eight golds, which put them ahead of Germany (15 medals including seven golds) in second and Slovakia (11 medals and five golds) in third.
2009 - High 1 Resort, South Korea
A powerful performance from three German athletes gave their country the number one position in the team competition, which officially ended the 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
Andrea Rothfuss, Martin Braxenthaler and Ralf Frummet comprised the German team, with a winning total time of 7:20.36. The German team was followed by Austria’s Danja Haslacher, Harald Eder and Hubert Mandl with a second place time of 7:25.37. Coming in third position was Switzerland’s Karin Fasel, Thomas Pfyl and Michael Bruegger at 7:32.32. A total of 55 athletes competed at the Apollo 4 venue, which is located at the High 1 Ski Resort in Gangwon-Do, South Korea. The start elevation of 1,220m sent the athletes down a vertical drop of 355m, to a finishing 865m.
The 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships ran from 19 February – 1 March, and were organised by the Korea Sports Association for the Disabled (KOSAD), the Korea Adaptive Ski Association (KASA) and the High 1 Ski Resort. The Championships brought in a total of 160 athletes from 25 different countries to the slopes in South Korea.
The programme at High 1 Ski Resort included competitions in slalom, giant slalom, super-G, super combined and downhill. Supporters to the event included the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Korean Paralympic Committee, the Seoul Olympic Sports Promotion Foundation, Gangwon-Do, the Korea Ski Association, Taebaek-si and Jeongseon-gun.
To contact World Para Alpine Skiing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the Organising Committee of Tarvisio 2017 please email:
Paolo Tavian, Executive Director
Luca Sartori, Sponsorship Manager, Technical and Communications