|Governing Body:||International Ski Federation|
Alpine skiing, also known as downhill skiing is a snow sport in which racers wearing skis with fixed-heel bindings ski down the snow-covered hills or mountains in the fastest time possible for them. The sport consists of four main disciplines- downhill, slalom, giant slalom and super-G. The sport is usually practised at ski resorts. It is a part of Winter Olympics since 1936 (except 1940). The sport was originated during the 1850s when Sondre Norheim of Telemark, Norway developed a ski with toe and heel bindings after which the sport was popularized as a recreational activity. The international federation of alpine skiing- FIS was founded in 1924.
To run down the course and cross the gate line in the fastest time possible to win the race.
Male and female skiers compete as individuals or as teams in various disciplines of alpine skiing.
The race course called "piste" for each of the discipline of alpine skiing has different measurements:-