Paralympic alpine skiing can be a challenging sport. Icy terrain and high speeds make it necessary for athletes to show both skill and determination when taking part in this activity. With a representative at every single Winter Paralympic Games since they were first established in 1976, Australia has also won a Paralympic medal at every games since the 1992 Winter Paralympics in Albertville. Michael Milton, the first Australian to win an Olympic or Paralympic Winter medal took out the lead position in the men’s slalom even in 1992.
The AIS directly supports the Australian Paralympic Committee, who manage the Paralympic Preparation Program, with 10 of the 14 athletes representing Australia at the Winter Paralympic Games of 2010 there as AIS scholarship holders.
Head coach Steve Graham oversees the Preparation Program, training standing, sitting and vision-impaired skiers, who ski with a sighted guide, to prepare for events such as the Paralympic Winter Games, the National Alpine Championships or the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup events. The program has had a great deal of success, with two gold medals won at the 2009 IPC World Alpine Skiing Championships and a 6th place finish at the 2009 IPC World Alpine Skiing World Cup finals.
With four snow training camps during the domestic season and dry land training camps held in the lead up to the domestic and international seasons, athletes are supported as they train and race in Europe and America up to four months a year. The athletes involved are able to take advantage of the strength and conditioning training offered, as well as the expertise of sports medicine practitioners, psychologists and other therapeutic specialists.