Downhill- Athletes compete on one run down a steep hill while passing through a given number of gates. The athlete with the fastest run without missing any gates wins.
Slalom- Athletes compete in two runs of different courses on the same day. While the course is shorter than most other events it is also very technical including a large number of gates that skiers must pass through. If a skier misses a gate they are disqualified. Times from both runs are combined and ranked in ascending order.
Giant slalom- Athletes compete in two runs of different courses on the same day. This event includes a longer course and fewer gates than a typical slalom course. The number of gates is determined by the vertical drop of the course adding a greater technical challenge.
Super G- The super G is a speed event which is shorter than downhill but longer than slalom. Each athlete performs one run down the course and they are ranked by time in ascending order.
Super combined- The Super combined is a combined competition of either the downhill or Super G and the slalom courses. Each athlete competes in two runs on a different course in the same day.
Snowboard cross- This is completed on a man-made course that includes a variety of terrains including banks and jumps. Each athlete is allowed three runs down the course with the fastest two runs counting.
|Courtesy of Disabled Sports USA & Ken Watson|