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The IPC World Cup in adapted alpine skiing comes to La Molina

News date: 11-03-2019
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Yet another year, La Molina shows its determination to provide a space for individuals with mobility challenges and visual disabilities so they can practise sport and enjoy the snow

For many years now, La Molina has been a clear example of an accessible ski resort, a space designed so that individuals with physical or visual disabilities can try out the snow firsthand and practise all kinds of outdoor sports.

 

Proof of that is its involvement in many events held by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which it has hosted throughout its history: in 2013, it hosted the IPC World Championships in alpine skiing, and in 2015 it was the venue of the IPC World Championships in snowboarding and the IPC World Cup in alpine skiing. It has hosted World Cups multiple times. Just to cite a few, last week the IPC snowboard cross and banked slalom for snowboard were held in Alabau and Solell. In this sense, you could say that La Molina and competition are two inseparable elements that go hand in hand season after season.

 

This year, La Molina will host an important event that will gather together the top athletes from all over the world: from the 11th to 16th of March, the IPC World Cup in adapted alpine skiing will be held with 62 athletes from 19 different countries who will compete in the modalities of slalom (SL) and giant slalom (GS).

 

The competition will be held in the Roc Blancs stadium in La Molina. Located on the northern slope, it is 905 metres long and has a slope of 306 metres, and in terms of difficulty it is classified as a red piste. In the 2005-2006 season, it received approval from the ISF.

 

Programme of the IPC World Cup in alpine skiing

IPC: SG/GS/SL WORLD CUP

09.03.19

Arrival day

 

17:00

1. TCM Museum

10.03.19

Training

7:00

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

      ROC BLANC

7:30

Opening of the race

9:30-11:30

FREE SKI

14:30

2. TCM

 11.03.19

GS race

8:30

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

      ROC BLANC

9:00

Opening of the race

9:45-12:45

Race

16:00

3. TCM

12.03.19

2 GS race

8:30

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

      ROC BLANC

9:00

Opening of the race

9:45-12:45

Race

14:30

GS awards ceremony Alp 2500 cable car

16:00

4.. TCM

13.03.19

FREE DAY

 14.03.19

GS race

9:00

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

  ROC BLANC

10:00

Opening of the race

10:45-12:45

Race

15:00

GS awards ceremony + OVERALLS  Alp 2500 cable car

16:00

3. TCM

15.03.19

SL race

8:30

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

 ROC BLANC

9:00

Opening of the race

9:45-12:45

Race

16.03.19

SL race

8:30

Opening of the Alabau chair lift

    ROC BLANC

9:00

Opening of the race

9:45-12:45

Race

14:30

SL awards ceremony + GS OVERALLS Alp 2500 cable car

Departure day

* The organisers reserve the right to make changes in the programme.

 

La Molina, accessible for everyone

La Molina is a ski resort located in the Catalan Pyrenees with more than 75 years of history. It began operating in 1943 with the first commercial ski lift in the country, and a few years later it was also a pioneer in installing chair lifts. Since then, La Molina has become one of the most prominent ski resorts in Spain and a world benchmark in snow sports. Today, La Molina offers all the services of a major ski resort in a natural setting within the regions of the Cerdagne, Ripollès and Berguedà.

 

The La Molina ski resort stands out for being one of the most advanced winter sports centres in terms of resources for individuals and athletes with disabilities. It is one of the three ski resorts in Catalonia that is recognised by the Catalan Tourism Agency (abbreviated ACT in Catalan) as a promoter of skiing and of tourism for individuals with disabilities.

 

Thanks to the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), along with the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the entity Play and Train, La Molina is able to host individuals who require special equipment to ski or snowboard. The resort has adapted infrastructures, such as the entrances to the chair lifts, and it also offers specific rental equipment for different kinds of disability. Plus, individuals with disabilities can also find restaurants, restrooms and car parks adapted for wheelchairs.

 

The origin of the competitions of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

The IPC World Cup, a competition held every two years, is the most important international competition for individuals with disabilities, along with the Paralympics and the IPC World Championships.

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) organises the summer and winter Paralympics and acts as an international federation; as such, it organises all the international sports competitions. The history of sports for individuals with disabilities began with World War II, when the practice of physical activity among the war wounded began to be encouraged. In 1947, annual competitions got underway for individuals with disabilities at different venues around the world.

 

For more information: www.lamolina.cat

10 March 2019

The IPC World Cup in adapted alpine skiing comes to La Molina
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