Inline Alpine is very similar to slalom skiing. In the absence of snow in the summer, the skaters transferred their snow slides to the asphalt slopes. Competitors launch themselves on their skates down slopes equipped with flexible poles held by massive 15kg metal plates.

The discipline  attracts those in search of thrills. The Inline Alpine combines speed and technique with the direct challenge of opponents.

The goal is to gain maximum speed before reaching the gates and to find the right rhythm. The distance between the posts varies from 3 to 8-meters. A run will feature 30 to 60 posts to cross with a length varying between 150 and 250-meters. The finish area must provide enough space to brake or be equipped with mats to dampen the speed of competitors. Bales of straw can be placed in critical points to reduce risks if injury if/ upon falling. The track should be at least 5-meters wide.

There are three different competitions of Inline Alpine:


In slalom, the competitors set off for two runs (2 passages). The goal is to achieve the best possible time to win. The start is given by the commands “Ready – Set – Go! “. From there, the competitor has 10 seconds to leave. Each missed gate is sanctioned with a penalty.


In giant slalom, the gates consist of two poles connected by a canvas. In case of too strong contact, the fabric must be able to be removed to avoid endangering the skater.
The distance between the gates varies from 10 to 15 m
The number of doors varies from 20 to 35 and they have two different colors.
A giant slalom consists of turns with small, medium and large radii. Skaters must be given the opportunity to choose their path between the gates.
The slope of the track must be between 6 and 10%
The regulations recommend avoiding gate gaps forcing competitors to brake hard.
A competitor who misses a gate cannot go back and must continue their race.


In parallel slalom, the competitors compete in a duel. The two courses should be as identical as possible. The two plots are of different colors.
Each course includes between 20 and 25 gates. They are spaced at least 6 m apart. An electrical system is used to start the competition, activating the two starting gates simultaneously. Competitors will switch their lane of passage during their second run.


The protective equipment is similar to that of the descenders but in a lighter version. Competitors start their run off with a helmet featuring full face protection (BMX style helmet), elbow and knee protectors, gloves and above all shin guards to be able to hit the posts without hurting themselves and pass as close as possible. The competitors use the same poles as alpine or downhill skiing.


Skates with large wheels are widely used because they allow you to maintain better inertia (more than 100 mm). Different types of boots are used: high and rigid like for downhill skating in order to have maximum support and precision… or low-cut such as those used in inline speed skating!


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