The Tremblant FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup on December 2 and 3, 2023, promises to be a thrilling event, bringing together 80 of the most talented and competitive athletes in the sport. With a star-studded lineup that includes the current top 10 giant slalom skiers, this event is set to showcase incredible skill on the slopes.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the skiers to watch and contenders from Team Canada during this anticipated competition.
Best Giant Slalom Skiers
At the forefront of the women’s alpine skiing scene is Mikaela Shiffrin. The Vail-born skier has consistently proven her prowess, capturing the attention of fans worldwide. Known for her exceptional technique and unparalleled speed, the American star is a force to be reckoned with on any course. In the 2022/23 season, Shiffrin broke Lindsey Vonn’s women’s World Cup wins record of 82 before eclipsing Ingemar Stenmark’s overall score of 86 which had stood for 34 years.
Swiss skier Lara Gut-Behrami is a formidable contender in the alpine skiing world. Her aggressive style and precision make her a constant threat on the slopes. With a string of remarkable achievements under her belt, including 3 Olympic medals and 37 World Cup victories, Gut-Behrami is a name that commands attention.
Hailing from Italy, Marta Bassino is one of the most complete skiers on the women’s World Cup circuit. Her tenacity and determination have propelled her to win 6 World Cup races. Bassino’s dynamic skiing style and ability to adapt to various conditions make her a true contender for victory.
Petra Vlhova is the most successful Slovakian alpine skier of all time, winning the World Cup overall title in 2021 and a gold medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Her technical prowess and relentless drive have earned her a place among the elite. As a consistent podium finisher, Vlhova is undoubtedly a skier to watch at the Tremblant World Cup.
Italian skier Federica Brignone brings a mix of power and precision to the slopes. Brignone won the World Cup overall title in 2020, becoming the first Italian female to achieve this feat. She also won the silver medal in the giant slalom and the bronze medal in the combined at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Representing Sweden, Sara Hector’s consistency and dedication have allowed her to establish herself as a top contender in the alpine skiing world. At her third Winter Olympics in 2022, she was the gold medallist in the giant slalom. This was her first Olympic medal and the first Olympic gold for Sweden in the women’s GS event in thirty years.
Canadian skier Valerie Grenier, a rising star, demonstrated remarkable resilience in her return to competition despite setbacks. Her hometown advantage at the Tremblant World Cup could prove beneficial due to her familiarity with the course. Recently, she secured her first World Cup victory in a giant slalom event in Slovenia, becoming the first Canadian woman to do so since 1974. Grenier concluded her standout season with a bronze medal in the World Cup final in Andorra.
Norwegian skier Ragnhild Mowinckel made her return to the World Cup in the 2021 season after suffering serious injuries and has since made steady progress back towards the top. Despite these setbacks, she has consistently demonstrated her resilience and skill. Mowinckel’s ability to rise to the occasion could lead to a standout performance at the Tremblant World Cup.