Each winter Hakuba holds official IPC paralympic events and this season we have the Asian cup starting on the 22nd of March through to the 25th. Athletes from around the world will come and compete in numerous events on Happo One which is where they held the downhill events for the 98 Nagano Winter Olympics.
Athletes in Alpine Skiing events must combine speed and agility while racing down slopes at speeds of around 100km/h. There are five events on the Paralympic Programme: Downhill, Super-G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Slalom. Paralympic competition accommodates male and female athletes with a physical disability such as spinal injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, les autres conditions and blindness/visual impairment. Athletes compete in three categories based on their functional ability, and a results calculation system allows athletes with different impairments to compete against each other.
It is amazing to watch these guys and girls fly down the mountain as a spectator. If you are visiting Hakuba in March then make some time to check them out. If you are involved in the sport or just want to come and watch these inspiring athletes then contact the White Horse Hotels for assistance with accommodation.
For more information on the IPC check out their website here