How long is a slalom course?
For men's slalom, the course at PyeongChang is 575 meters and the women's course is 556 meters. For men's giant slalom, the course is 1,326 meters and women's is 1,250m. Skiers are racing downhill with a formidable vertical drop, often between, 591 and 722 feet. The gates are set up to make shifting between them difficult and as skiers navigate the course they appear to snake through it.
How fast do slalom skiers go?
Giant slalom skiers tend to hit an average of 25mph. Skiers tend to go even faster in standard slalom because the gates are closer together and the line is more direct. These high speeds also make falls particularly dangerous and when combined with high winds like at this Olympics, the risk of injury is high, particularly for knee injuries.