While many Americans were out shredding powder and dealing with holiday weekend crowds, the best skiers in the world took to the slopes of Cortina, Wengen, and Hakuba in search of glory.
Women's Alpine World Cup: Vonn Returns to Downhill in Cortina, Shiffrin Wins Super-G
The much-anticipated return of the winningest female skier of all time finally arrived in Cortina, Italy on Friday. Lindsey Vonn, who was injured in a crash while training earlier this season at Copper Mountain, skied in both downhill races. She finished well, but not quite as high as she would have liked.
On Sunday, Mikaela Shiffrin continued her historic season with a win in the women's super-G in Cortina. The difficult course favored her technical prowess, and was less than forgiving for downhillers like Vonn.
Men's Alpine World Cup: Bennett Takes Fifth in Wengen Downhill
The fastest men in the world took on their first alpine combined race of the season, as well as the longest downhill course on the tour and a slalom. The alpine combined was run in a way to favor the technical skiers, while the slalom came dawn to one-tenth of a second separating third place from first. But the highlight was American Bryce Bennett earning his third top-five finish of the season in the downhill.
Italians Dominate Freeride World Tour in Hakuba, Japan
For the first Freeride World Tour stop of 2019, the best freeride competitors took to the snow of the Japanese Alps like white on rice. While SkiBoss Tanner Hall's run had more tricks, his score wasn't enough to knock Italian Markus Eder off the top of the podium. Meanwhile, the women saw the first stomped backflip in a FWT competition, but the winner, Arianna Tricomi of Italy, cleaned up with a great line and a 360 at the top.