The United States Olympic Committee has awarded Waterville Valley Resort the 2012 US Adaptive Alpine National Championships, January 10-13, 2012. This prestigious event will showcase the most talented disabled athletes from the Unites States, Canada and other countries as they compete for the slalom and giant slalom national titles. Waterville Valley Resort is located in New Hampshire.
Downhill racing started as a demonstration event at the 1980 Paralympic Games in Geilo, Norway. The giant slalom was first a demonstration event in 1984, and mono-skiing was introduced in the alpine and Nordic events in 1988 at the Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The alpine disciplines include the same events contested in Olympic competition: downhill, slalom, giant slalom and super-G.
Paralympic alpine skiing competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation, blindness/visual impairment, spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
The schedule calls for NORAM giant slalom on Tuesday, January 10th and the Giant Slalom National Championships on Wednesday, January 11. On Thursday, the 12th, the venue changes to a slalom NORAM, with the National Championship Slalom on Friday, January 13, 2012.