World Para Alpine Skiing Championships

The World Para Alpine Skiing Championships, known before the 2017 edition as the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships, along with the Winter Paralympic Games, are the most prestigious level of international competition in Paralympic alpine skiing. First held in 1974, the World Championships have been held every four years (even-numbered non-Paralympic years) from 198? to 2004; beginning in 2009, they have been held every other year, in odd-numbered years.

The change from holding the World Championships every four years to every two was originally set to happen in 2007. The 2007 edition was slated for Klosters, Switzerland, but organizers withdrew their bid in early 2006, citing a lack of funding. The International Paralympic Committee initially attempted to find a replacement host for the 2007 Championships but in April decided to cancel the event entirely.

On 30 November 2016, the IPC, which serves as the international governing body for Alpine skiing involving competitors with disabilities, adopted the "World Para" branding for the committees that govern all disability sports for which it serves as the international federation. Accordingly, IPC world championship events in Alpine skiing have since been known as "World Para Alpine Skiing Championships".[1]

Hosts

YearPlaceCountryEventNotes
1972Courchevel FranceWorld Winter Gamesnot an official World Championships
1974Le Grand-Bornand FranceSkiing World Championships1st, featured alpine (downhill) and Nordic (cross-country) skiing,[2][3] held by the International Sports Organisation for Disabled (ISOD)[4][5]
1978 [[|]][6]
1982Alpes Vaudoise  Switzerland1982 Disabled Alpine World Championships[4][7]
1986Sälen Sweden1986 World Disabled Ski Championships[5] 3rd
1990Winter Park, Colorado USA1990 Disabled Alpine World Championships[5][8]
1996Lech Austria1996 Disabled Alpine World Championships[5]
2000Anzère  Switzerland2000 World Ski Championships for Disabled6th[9] first time the world championships for alpine and Nordic skiing were held at the same time and hosted by the same Organizing Committee, 23 nations, 500+ athletes [10][11][12]
2004Wildschönau Austria2004 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships
2007Klosters  SwitzerlandCancelled
2009High1 Resort, Jeongseon (Pyeongchang) South Korea2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships
2011Sestriere Italy2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships
2013La Molina Spain2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships[13]
2015Panorama Mountain Village Canada2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships[14]
2017Tarvisio Italy2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships[15]

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