Alpine Skiing

Alpine Skiing, one of the most popular downhill disciplines, debuted at the Winter Universiade in Chamonix, France, in 1960. The events, including the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Alpine Combined, and Mixed Team Parallel, will be held at Whiteface Mountain, host of Alpine for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Traditionally dominated by Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Switzerland and United States, the Alpine competitions promise to be some of the most exciting of the Games. Events will be held at Whiteface Mountain.

This is the shortest and most technical of the Alpine races, with the tightest turns of all the events. The winner is the racer with the fastest combined time of two runs.


The Giant Slalom course is longer and wider than the Slalom, with a greater vertical drop, fewer turns, and more distance between the gates. The winner is the racer with the fastest combined time of two runs.

Giant Slalom

The Super-G races feature a mix of speed and technical abilities, with one run determining the winner. The course is faster than the Giant Slalom, with wider turns, a higher vertical drop, and fewer gates than other Slalom events.


This event is a combination of one run in the Super-G and one in the Slalom, with the winner determined by the fastest combined time of both races.

Alpine Combined

In this event, two men and two women per team compete head-to-head against other teams on the Slalom course, with the winner being the team with the overall fastest combined time.

Mixed Team Parallel

About The Venue

A series of flags of different nations line the road leading to Whiteface Mountain ski resort

Whiteface Mountain

With the greatest vertical drop of any lift-serviced mountain in the Northeast, mile after mile of groomed cruisers, renowned backcountry, and host to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Whiteface Mountain is surrounded by some of the most charming mountain towns in the Northeast.