IPC Para-Alpine World Cup

Who: Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team.

Where: Across the globe.

When: Multiple events between January and the middle of March.

2013-14 IPC World Cup schedule

What’s at stake: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Cup is one of the highest levels of competition in para-alpine ski racing. Only the Paralympics and world championships are bigger. Canada’s athletes compete against the best para-alpine skiers from around the world in all five alpine disciplines: downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super combined and super-G, in three different categories: visually impaired, standing and sitting.

Like the able-bodied World Cup circuit, points are awarded to the top 30 finishers: 100 points for the winner, 80 for second, 60 for third, descending to one point for the 30th-place finisher. At the end of each season, World Cup Crystal Globes are given to the overall winner in each category (visually impaired, standing and sitting) and in each discipline within each category (example: standing slalom, standing downhill, etc.).

Quick fact: Like the FIS World Cup, the overall para-alpine Crystal Globes weigh nine kilograms and are produced in Zwiesel, Germany. Smaller event trophies are awarded in the five disciplines and they weigh 3.5 kilograms each.