Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the pastime of sliding down snow-covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings. It has been an event at the Winter Olympic Games since 1936.
The birth of modern alpine skiing is often dated to the 1850s, and during the late 19th century, skiing was adapted from a method of transportation to a competitive and recreational sport. Norwegian legend Sondre Norheim first began the trend of skis with curved sides, bindings with stiff heel bands made of willow, and the slalom turn style.
The various age groups are divided into three main groups, A, B, and C.
Group A Men: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ (A01–A06)
Group B Men: 60+, 65+,70+,75+, 80+, 85+, 90+, 95+, 100+ (B7–B15)
Group C Women: 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+, 85+, 90+ (C1–C13)
Masters competitors must have reached their 30th birthday by December 31st of the year prior to the competition to be permitted to take part in the WWMG. The age at this date further defines the athletes age category.
Possible events and disciplines
The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.