Since January 12 until January 15, over 100 male and female athletes from 16 different countries will be in La Molina for the 2009 IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Alpine Skiing World Cup competing in three different classes – sitting, standing and visually impaired. Competitions will include Giant Slalom and Slalom races. The 2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina follows the successful IPC Alpine Skiing European Cups in Pitztal and Kuthai (Tirol, Austria), and is organized by the Federation Catalana Esports Minusvalids Fisics (FCEDF).
La Molina is located in the Spanish region of Catalonia in the Pyrenean Mountains and is the oldest ski resort in Spain founded in 1945. La Molina is part of the Alp 2500 Ski Domain together with Masella. The Alp 2500 combined skiing area is 121 km and 31 lifts. The resort is directly southeast Andorra and 175 kilometres from Barcelona’s International Airport.
The IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level.