Skiing was developed as far back as 5000 years ago with the Norwegians believed to be the first to strap on rudimentary skis as a way of hunting across snow covered terrain. Alpine skiing evolved from the early cross-country sport, which had evolved within Scandinavia and Russia, to the first primitive downhill competition held in Oslo in the 1850s. Decades later the sport spread to the remainder of Europe and to North America and in 1936 alpine skiing became an Olympic event. Since this time, alpine skiing has grown not only on a world-wide stage, but has become a very popular recreational sport and a high profile competitive sport in Canada.
Alpine skiing has been a prominent part of the Canada Games since its inception in 1967 in Québec City. It has remained a part of every Canada Winter Games with the exception of Prince Edward Island in 1991.
Three events made up the sport of alpine skiing at the 2007 Canada Winter Games: Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G. All of these events are based on the challenge of getting from the top to the bottom of a snow-covered mountain in the fastest time and on a pre set course.
Two events make up the sport of para-alpine skiing at the 2015 Canada Winter Games: Slalom and Giant Slalom.