The principle of ski racing is simple - fastest time from top to bottom wins.
Alpine skiing has changed over the past 150 years with great advances in ski equipment, technology and timing equipment but the essence has stayed the same.
New Zealand has a rich history of ski racing. The sport is run through Snow Sports NZ, the national federation for the International Ski Federation (FIS), under the guidance of the Alpine Sport Committee.
The five core disciplines ski racers compete in at the Olympics, speed and technical disciplines are: