Alpine skiing as a sport was an innovative new technique coming out of Norway that emerged in Canada in the 1930s. Both men's and women’s alpine skiing debuted at the Olympics in 1936 and Team Canada has won 11 Olympic medals since its debut.
The sport joined the Canada Games program at the inaugural Canada Games in 1967 held in Quebec City, QC. Alpine skiing has stayed on the program for all but one Canada Winter Games and has always featured female and male events.
Initially, alpine skiing featured only able-bodied athletes until the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax, NS. The integration of para sit ski into the Canada Games program ensured the involvement of athletes with a disability to make the sport much more inclusive.
Para-alpine skiing has been part of the Paralympic Games since the first Winter Games in 1976, and Canada has won medals at each Games since then.
Featuring notable alumni such as Jan Hudec, Kurt Oatway, Brittany Phelan, Alana Ramsay, Broderick Thompson and Candace Crawford, the alpine ski and para alpine program has a proud tradition as one of the most deep rooted sports at the Canada Games.
Nestled in the scenic central area of PEI, the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale features a 250 foot vertical drop alpine hill with nine trails. The longest run is approximately 2,400 feet.
Located in the neighbouring province of New Brunswick, Crabbe Mountain is home to the largest vertical descent in the Maritimes and offers some of the best terrain in Atlantic Canada. Crabbe Mountain was first skied in the spring of 1959 when three explorers cut the first trail on the mountain, Tippy Canoe. The early trails known as Tippy Canoe, Little Brave and War Dance recognized First Nations people.