La Molina will be the stage for the 11th Catalan Championship organized by the Federació Catalana d’Esport per a Persones amb Discapacitat Intel·lectual - ACELL, with the support and collaboration of the station. The meeting will take place this Saturday, February 11, in the modalities of alpine skiing and snowshoeing. In total, thirty athletes are expected to participate: 17 in the skiing category and 20 in the snowshoe category.
By holding this competition, La Molina highlights its values based on the firm will to collaborate with inclusive sport. That is why, for one more season, it offers its facilities for the development of this type of tests.
On the other hand, this weekend, February 11 and 12, the Spanish Alpine Skiing Ciutadans Championship will also take place, the 42nd CIT ALWC International Derby – Iu Vidal Bernad Memorial. On Saturday the 11th the giant will take place at the Solell stadium and on Sunday the 12th the slalom in Els Plans. It is one of the oldest events in the European calendar for this category, and has been contested at the La Molina resort since 1951. This traditional international ski race is scored for the Citizens' World Championship.
La Molina, resort committed to adapted sports
For many years, La Molina has been a clear example of an accessible resort, a space designed so that people with physical or intellectual disabilities can enjoy the practice of winter sports.
FGC Turisme and ACELL signed a collaboration agreement in 2021, valid until the 2025-2026 season, with the aim of working together in the promotion and dissemination of competitive sports for people with intellectual disabilities .
This season, La Molina will host the Para Snowboard World Championships from March 8 to 17. The competition will have 71 participants from 21 countries: 53 athletes in the men's category and 18 athletes in the women's category, and various disciplines such as Snowboard Cross and Dual Banked Slalom will be contested.
In addition, throughout its history, the resort has hosted a large number of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) events: in 2013, the IPC Alpine Ski World Championships were held and in 2015, it was the 'stage of the IPC Snowboard World Cup and the IPC Alpine Ski World Cup. In 2017 it hosted the IPC Snowboard World Cup and in 2019 it hosted the IPC Snowboard and Alpine Ski World Cups. In this sense, therefore, La Molina and the adapted competition are two inseparable elements season after season.
The Adapted Sports Center of La Molina
As part of this commitment, La Molina offers the Adapted Sports Center for all those people with disabilities who want to get involved in sport, both in winter and summer.
The Girona station stands out for being one of the most advanced centers in terms of resources for people with reduced mobility. Through the collaboration with the Johan Cruyff Foundation and the Play and Train association, La Molina has adapted the resort's infrastructure and, in addition, offers skiing lessons, snowboarding and guided lessons with experienced teachers.
The adapted parking spaces, the rental of specific equipment for different types of disability or the access to different parts of the station make La Molina a benchmark in fully adapted and accessible facilities.