La Molina demonstrates once again its commitment to give a space to those people who have mobility difficulties and visual disabilities, so they can play sports and enjoy the snow.
The para-snowboard World Cup will take place from March 4 to 8 and the World Cup of adapted alpine skiing from March 11 to 16.
For many years, La Molina has been a clear example of an accessible station, a space designed so that people with physical or visual disabilities can try the snow up close and practice all kinds of outdoor sports.
Evidence of its involvement is the large number of tests of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC, in its acronym in English) that has hosted throughout its history: in 2013 hosted the IPC World Ski Alpine and 2015 was the scene of the World Cup IPC snowboard and IPC Alpine skiing World Cup. Finally, in 2017 it hosted the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup. In this sense, then, it could be said that La Molina and competition are two inseparable elements that go hand in hand season after season.
This year, La Molina will witness two important events, in which the best athletes from all over the world will gather: from March 4 to 8, the IPC Para-snowboard World Cup will be held and from March 11 to 16, the IPC World Cup adapted alpine skiing.
IPC World Cup para-snowboard
The appointment, which will take place from March 4 to 8. The test will have two modalities: the snowboard cross (SBX), which will be held on the Alabau track and the Banked slalom (BSL), which will be held on the Torrent Negre track.
The snowboard cross is a modality that takes place in a circuit designed with jumps, dubbies and modules and with narrow and intertwined curves that test the runner in several sections of the track. For this reason, snowboarders must master it to overcome all the obstacles that are presented along the route. However, they should know what the jumps are like, but they should also work very well on each of the downloads in a tactical way.
The mechanics of the test is as follows: first an initial classification is made. Next, the fastest runners must compete in a head-to-head format to get to the podium and take the medals.
The banked slalom, which premiered in La Molina in 2015, is a modality that was born in the United States. It consists of going down in slalom through a track in the shape of a "U" along a path of between 500 and 900 meters of irregular terrain full of dubbies naturally present on the track.
IPC World Cup adapted alpine skiing
The modality of alpine skiing will take over from the snowboard from 11 to 16 March. The World Cup will bring together the best riders from all over the world, who will compete in the slalom (SL), giant (GS) and super giant (SG) modalities.
The competition will be held at the Estadi Roc Blanc in La Molina. Located on the north slope, it has a length of 905 meters and a vertical drop of 306 meters, and the difficulty rating is red. The 2005-2006 season was homologated by the FIS.
La Molina, accessible to all
La Molina is a station located in the Catalan Pyrenees with more than 75 years of history. It started operating in 1943 with the first commercial ski lift in the country and a few years later it was also a pioneer with the installation of chair lifts. Since then, La Molina has become one of the most outstanding ski resorts in Spain and a benchmark in the world of snow. Today La Molina offers all the services of a large station in the natural environment of the regions of Cerdanya, Ripollès and Berguedà.
The ski resort of La Molina stands out as one of the most advanced winter resorts in resources for people and athletes with disabilities. It is one of the three ski resorts in Catalonia recognized by the Agència Catalana de Turisme (ACT) as a promoter of sports and tourism for people with disabilities.
Thanks to FGC together with the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the entity Play and Train, La Molina can welcome people who need special equipment for skiing or snowboarding. The station has adapted infrastructures, such as the entrances to the chairlifts, also makes available specific rental material for different types of disabilities and in addition these people can also have local restaurant services, toilets and parking adapted for wheelchairs .
The origin of the competitions of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
The IPC World Cup, a test held every two years, is the most important international competition for people with disabilities, together with the Paralympic Games and the IPC World Championships.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and acts as the International Federation and, as such, organizes all international sport competitions. The history of sport for people with disabilities was born with the Second World War. It began to promote the practice of physical activity with war wounded.
In 1947 annual competitions were started in different places of the world for people with disabilities.
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