GB Snowsports manages British Parasnowsport and is recognised as the UK National Governing Body for disabled snowsports by the British Paralympic Association. For further information about Parasnowsports at a competitive level please visit our Parasnowsports page or contact one of our pathway coaches:
Fern (Nordic) – email@example.com
Alastair (Snowboard) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Euan (Alpine Skiing) – email@example.com
In Slalom, single gates are spaced close together necessitating quicker and shorter turns. The gates are set alternating between red and blue and are arranged in a variety of configurations to challenge the competitor. In this discipline because the distances between the gates are relatively small, ski racers take a fairly direct line and often knock the poles out of the way as they pass, which is known as blocking. A course has 55 to 75 gates for men and 40 to 60 for women. A Slalom race is generally composed of two runs, held on different courses on the same ski run.
Giant Slalom, or GS as it is commonly known, involves skiing around a double gate with a panel or flag on them. They are spaced at a greater distance to each other than in slalom but less than in Super-G or Downhill. A GS race is generally composed of two runs, held on different courses on the same ski run.
Parallel Slalom, or Dual Slalom or Pro Slalom as it is also referred to, consists of to courses set parallel to one another so competitors can compete head to head with one another. You will often see this run in a team format, almost like a relay. Both provide a great spectator experience.