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FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
Alpine Ski World Cup
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Austrian alpine skier Marcel Hirscher
GenreAlpine skiing
Location(s)Europe
Canada
United States
Japan (rarely)
Russia (rarely)
Australia (rarely)
Argentina (rarely)
South Korea (rarely)
New Zealand (rarely)
Inaugurated5 January 1967 (5 January 1967) (men)
7 January 1967 (7 January 1967) (ladies)
FounderFrance Serge Lang
France Honore Bonnet
United States Bob Beattie
Organised byInternational Ski Federation
PeopleChief race Directors
Italy Markus Waldner (men)
ItalySlovenia Peter Gerdol (ladies)
SponsorAudi Quattro

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France (Honore Bonnet) and the USA (Bob Beattie).[1] It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5, 1967. Jean-Claude Killy of France and Nancy Greene of Canada were the overall winners for the first two seasons.

Rules

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom. The World Cup originally included only slalom, giant slalom, and downhill races. Combined events (calculated using results from selected downhill and slalom races) were included starting with the 1974-75 season, while the Super G was added for the 1982-83 season. The current scoring system was implemented in the 1991-92 season. For every race points are awarded to the top 30 finishers: 100 points to the winner, 80 for second, 60 for third, winding down to 1 point for 30th place. The racer with the most points at the end of the season in mid-March wins the Cup, with the trophy consisting of a 9 kilogram crystal globe.[2] Sub-prizes are also awarded in each individual race discipline, with a smaller 3.5 kg crystal globe. (See the section on scoring system below for more information.)

The World Cup is held annually, and is considered the premier competition for alpine ski racing after the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Many consider the World Cup to be a more valuable title than the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several disciplines throughout the season, and not just in one race.[3]

Races are hosted primarily at ski resorts in the Alps in Europe, with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and east Asia, but a few races have also been held in the Southern Hemisphere. World Cup competitions have been hosted in 25 different countries around the world: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.[4] (Note that all World Cup races hosted in Bosnia were held when it was still part of Yugoslavia.)

Lower competitive circuits include the NorAm Cup in North America and the Europa Cup in Europe.

Overall winners

Multiple individual overall World Cup winners are marked with (#).

Discipline titles

Top 10 Small Crystal Globe podiums

  Still active

Most small globes per discipline

Combined crystal globe was officially awarded from 2007 to 2012. However, there are counted all season titles, both official and unofficial. The records for most World Cup titles in each discipline are as follows:

Men's season titles

Most race wins in each discipline

As of 1 March 2020

Men

Ladies

Top World Cup hosts

Most successful race winners

A common measurement of how good individual skiers are is the total number of World Cup races won during their skiing career. The following skiers have won at least 20 World Cup races:

Most podiums and Top 10 results

As of 23 November 2019.[9][10]

  Still active

Career podiums

Career Top 10 results

  • Note: Only parallel events from (1975, 1997, 2011-2013, 2016) which count for overall ranking, included on this list, are considered as official individual World Cup victories.

Greatest alpine skiers of all time

Based on ski-database super ranking system (since 1966), this scoring system is calculated using points from three categories: Olympic Games, World Championships, and World Cup (overall titles, discipline titles and individual top 10 results).

Men's super ranking

Ladies' super ranking

update: 26 January 2020

Parallel slalom

Parallel slaloms from 1976 to 1991 counted for Nations Cup. Number of athletes are limitless. 32 in main competition. Qualifying introduced in 2017.

Men

Date Place Season Winner Second Third
Nations Cup
20 March 1976   Canada Mont St. Anne 1975/76 Italy Franco Bieler Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Canada Jim Hunter
26 March 1977   Spain Sierra Nevada 1976/77 Austria Manfred Brunner Austria Klaus Heidegger Italy Bruno Nöckler
19 March 1978    Switzerland  Arosa 1977/78 United States Phil Mahre Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Austria Leonhard Stock
1978/79 Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Italy Mauro Bernardi Italy Karl Trojer
14 March 1980   Austria Saalbach 1979/80 Austria Anton Steiner Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Norway Jarle Halsnes
30 March 1981    Switzerland  Laax 1980/81 Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Norway Jarle Halsnes United States Phil Mahre
28 March 1982   France Montgenèvre 1981/82 United States Phil Mahre Sweden Ingemar Stenmark Austria Hans Enn
21 March 1983   Japan Furano 1982/83 United States Phil Mahre Liechtenstein Andreas Wenzel
25 March 1984   Norway Oslo 1983/84 Austria Hans Enn Austria Anton Steiner Sweden Ingemar Stenmark
6 January 1986   Austria Vienna 1985/86 Italy Ivano Edalini Germany Markus Wasmeier Austria Anton Steiner
22 March 1986   Canada Bromont Liechtenstein Paul Frommelt Italy Marco Tonazzi Luxembourg Marc Girardelli
28 December 1986   Germany Berlin 1986/87 Austria Leonhard Stock Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bojan Kri?aj Germany Michael Eder
22 December 1987   Italy Bormio 1987/88  Switzerland  Pirmin Zurbriggen  Switzerland  Joël Gaspoz  Switzerland  Martin Hangl
27 March 1988   Austria Saalbach Italy Alberto Tomba  Switzerland  Pirmin Zurbriggen Austria Helmut Mayer
11 March 1989   Japan Shiga K?gen 1988/89 Austria Bernhard Gstrein  Switzerland  Pirmin Zurbriggen Austria Rudolf Nierlich
24 March 1991   United States Waterville 1990/91  Switzerland  Urs Kälin  Switzerland  Paul Accola
Promotional event
2 January 2009   Russia Moscow 2008/09 Germany Felix Neureuther United States Bode Miller
21 November 2009   Russia Moscow 2009/10 Austria Marcel Hirscher France Steve Missillier Canada Michael Janyk
World Cup
23 March 1975   Italy Val Gardena 1974/75 Italy Gustav Thöni Sweden Ingemar Stenmark  Switzerland  Walter Tresch
24 October 1997   France Tignes 1997/98 Austria Josef Strobl Norway Kjetil André Aamodt Austria Hermann Maier

Ladies

Date Place Season Winner Second Third
Nations Cup
20 March 1976   Canada Mont St. Anne 1975/76  Switzerland  Bernadette Zurbriggen West Germany Irene Epple Austria Monika Kaserer
26 March 1977   Spain Sierra Nevada 1976/77 Germany Christa Zechmeister  Switzerland  Marie-Theres Nadig
19 March 1978    Switzerland  Arosa 1977/78 Austria Annemarie Moser-Pröll West Germany Christa Zechmeister United States Viki Fleckenstein
16 March 1980   Austria Saalbach 1979/80 Italy Claudia Giordani West Germany Maria Epple
30 March 1981    Switzerland  Laax 1980/81 United States Tamara McKinney West Germany Traudl Hächer Liechtenstein Hanni Wenzel
28 March 1982   France Montgenèvre 1981/82 Germany Maria Epple Austria Lea Sölkner France Perrine Pelen
21 March 1983   Japan Furano 1982/83 France Anne-Flore Rey Liechtenstein Hanni Wenzel Austria Anni Kronbichler
25 March 1984   Norway Oslo 1983/84 Czechoslovakia Olga Charvátová  Switzerland  Erika Hess United States Tamara McKinney
22 March 1986   Canada Bromont 1985/86  Switzerland  Vreni Schneider  Switzerland  Maria Walliser  Switzerland  Corinne Schmidhauser
18 January 1987   Germany Munich 1986/87 United States Tamara McKinney  Switzerland  Corinne Schmidhauser
Italy Bormio 1987/88  Switzerland  Brigitte Oertli  Switzerland  Corinne Schmidhauser  Switzerland  Michela Figini
27 March 1988   Austria Saalbach Germany Christina Meier Austria Ulrike Maier Austria Roswitha Steiner
11 March 1989   Japan Shiga K?gen 1988/89  Switzerland  Chantal Bournissen Germany Michaela Gerg-Leitner United States Tamara McKinney
24 March 1991   United States Waterville 1990/91 Austria Anita Wachter Austria Ingrid Salvenmoser  Switzerland  Chantal Bournissen
Promotional event
21 November 2009   Russia Moscow 2009/10 Sweden Therese Borssén Germany Maria Riesch Sweden Frida Hansdotter
World Cup
24 March 1975   Italy Val Gardena 1974/75 Austria Monika Kaserer Italy Claudia Giordani France Fabienne Serrat
24 October 1997   France Tignes 1997/98 France Leila Piccard Sweden Ylva Nowén Austria Alexandra Meissnitzer
28 November 1997   Germany Hilde Gerg Germany Martina Ertl Austria Alexandra Meissnitzer
20 December 2017   France Courchevel 2017/18 United States Mikaela Shiffrin Slovakia Petra Vlhová Italy Irene Curtoni
9 December 2018    Switzerland  St. Moritz 2018/19 United States Mikaela Shiffrin (2) Slovakia Petra Vlhová  Switzerland  Wendy Holdener
15 December 2019    Switzerland  St. Moritz 2019/20 Slovakia Petra Vlhová Sweden Anna Swenn-Larsson Austria Franziska Gritsch

City event

Parallel city event is a version of parallel slalom where only Top16 ranked are allowed to compete. Length of the track and course/gates setting are also different from classic parallel slalom, and as of 2019/20 season, they are completely replaced with normal parallel races with qualification run.

Men

Ladies

Parallel giant slalom

Introduced by the International Ski Federation to the World Cup as a spectator-friendly event in late 2015, the parallel giant slalom competition, or shortened parallel-G, joining the parallel slalom, is intended to lure more speed specialists into the faster of the two technical disciplines, along with attracting their fans to watch the races at the venue, on-line, and on television.[11] The Federation has not indicated, as of early 2016, that they are fully committed to duplicating the effort, however, their long-term calendar shows that the plan is to return to Alta Badia twelve months after the inaugural event in December 2016, and then again, tentatively, through December 2018.[12] Few venues offer the slope and conditions required to host an extremely short Giant Slalom course that can be readily viewed in its entirety by a compact gallery of fans. Modified or not, the Federation has not suggested that they will push the format to lower-level tours like the NorAm and Europa Cup.

Format

The Chief Race Director of the inaugural event at Alta Badia, Markus Waldner, on 20 December 2015 stated that "great performances" and "head-to-head fights" between the best Giant Slalom racers is the goal of the competition. The course for the first race was very compact at about 20-22 seconds duration, or about one-third of a normal GS run, however, the pace and cadence will be the same as Giant Slalom, not standard Slalom. Gates were set at roughly the same distances as GS and on a slope of about the same pitch. The field of thirty-two were drawn following an "invitational" format. The top four men in the overall World Cup rankings were automatic invitees, if they chose to compete. Another sixteen racers were selected from the top of the current GS start list rankings, and the final twelve competitors were selected from the 1st run efforts at the standard GS event the day prior at the same venue. Overlapping qualifications allowed the sponsors to invite lower ranked participants to fill in gaps, as needed, and to replace individuals who declined to participate. Points were awarded and accumulated according to current standards for the race season in all relevant categories: the GS discipline, Overall and Nations Cup. The field was filled with thirty-two first round participants, each getting a run on either course. The best combined times moved the fastest racer to the second round through bracket preference protocols. From the second round, skiers the head-to-head competitions were held over one run only, with the faster skier from the previous round granted course selection between the 'red-right' or 'blue-left' course. At about one-third the time of a standard GS event, top performers/finalists were able to make multiple runs without the fatigue of a longer event. The course was methodically set with lasers, and a GPS-equipped Snowcat, to guarantee that both courses on the hill were as identical as possible to ensure equity and a fair competition. The Race Director suggested the difference between the two lanes were within "1-to-2 centimeters" tolerance of one another.

Events

Ladies' World Cup parallel giant slalom events
Venue Date Winner Second Third Fourth Notes
Italy Sestriere 19 January 2020   France Clara Direz Austria Elisa Mörzinger Italy Marta Bassino [21]

Various records

NOTE: Only crystal globe awarded discipline officially counts as titles. And medal's awarded DH, GS, SL disciplines in seasons 1967-1977 as well. Combined crystal globe was officially awarded only in seasons 2007-2012.

World Cup timeline

Calendar

KB - Classic/Super/Alpine combined; PS - Parallel slalom; CE - City event (parallel); PG - Parallel giant slalom; K.O. - Knockout slalom
Season   Men   Ladies   Team
DH SG GS SL KB PS CE PG K.O. Total DH SG GS SL KB PS CE PG K.O. Total SC PG Total
1967 5 N/A 5 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 4 N/A 6 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 N/A N/A N/A
1968 5 N/A 7 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 6 N/A 7 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 N/A N/A N/A
1968-69 6 N/A 7 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 22 4 N/A 7 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 20 N/A N/A N/A
1969-70 6 N/A 11 11 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 28 5 N/A 9 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 26 N/A N/A N/A
1970-71 7 N/A 8 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 24 6 N/A 8 9 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 23 N/A N/A N/A
1971-72 7 N/A 7 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21 7 N/A 7 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21 N/A N/A N/A
1972-73 8 N/A 8 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 24 8 N/A 8 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 24 N/A N/A N/A
1973-74 7 N/A 7 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 21 5 N/A 6 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 17 N/A N/A N/A
1974-75 9 N/A 7 7 3 1 N/A N/A N/A 27 8 N/A 7 7 3 1 N/A N/A N/A 26 N/A N/A N/A
1975-76 8 N/A 7 7 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 25 7 N/A 8 8 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 26 N/A N/A N/A
1976-77 10 N/A 10 10 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 8 N/A 8 8 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 27 N/A N/A N/A
1977-78 8 N/A 7 7 -- N/A N/A N/A N/A 22 7 N/A 8 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 22 N/A N/A N/A
1978-79 9 N/A 10 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 7 N/A 7 8 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 26 N/A N/A N/A
1979-80 7 N/A 8 8 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 27 7 N/A 8 9 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 28 N/A N/A N/A
1980-81 10 N/A 11 10 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 10 N/A 9 9 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 N/A N/A N/A
1981-82 10 N/A 9 9 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 8 N/A 9 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 31 N/A N/A N/A
1982-83 11 3 7 11 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 8 2 7 9 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 30 N/A N/A N/A
1983-84 10 4 8 10 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 8 2 7 11 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 N/A N/A N/A
1984-85 10 5 6 10 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 8 4 7 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 N/A N/A N/A
1985-86 13 5 7 13 7 N/A N/A N/A N/A 45 10 5 8 9 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 N/A N/A N/A
1986-87 11 5 8 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 7 5 8 10 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 31 N/A N/A N/A
1987-88 10 4 6 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 30 8 4 6 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 28 N/A N/A N/A
1988-89 10 4 6 8 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 31 8 4 7 7 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 28 N/A N/A N/A
1989-90 9 6 7 10 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 8 6 8 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 N/A N/A N/A
1990-91 8 3 7 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 28 9 5 6 7 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 29 N/A N/A N/A
1991-92 9 6 7 9 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 7 6 7 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 30 N/A N/A N/A
1992-93 10 7 6 8 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 9 6 7 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A N/A N/A
1993-94 11 5 9 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 7 6 9 10 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 N/A N/A N/A
1994-95 9 5 7 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 9 7 8 7 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A N/A N/A
1995-96 9 6 9 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 9 7 7 10 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 N/A N/A N/A
1996-97 11 6 8 10 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 8 7 7 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A N/A N/A
1997-98 11 5 9 9 2 1 N/A N/A N/A 37 6 6 8 9 2 2 N/A N/A N/A 33 N/A N/A N/A
1998-99 10 6 8 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 9 8 9 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 N/A N/A N/A
1999-00 11 7 9 11 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 40 10 8 11 10 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 40 N/A N/A N/A
2000-01 9 5 9 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 8 8 8 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 N/A N/A N/A
2001-02 10 6 8 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 9 5 9 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 N/A N/A N/A
2002-03 11 6 8 9 2 N/A N/A N/A 1 37 6 8 9 8 1 N/A N/A N/A 1 33 N/A N/A N/A
2003-04 12 7 7 11 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 39 9 8 8 10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 N/A N/A N/A
2004-05 11 7 8 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 8 8 8 8 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 33 N/A N/A N/A
2005-06 9 6 8 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 8 8 9 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 1 N/A 1
2006-07 11 5 6 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 9 7 7 9 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 1 N/A 1
2007-08 9 7 8 11 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 40 9 7 7 9 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 35 -- N/A --
2008-09 9 5 8 10 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 36 7 7 8 9 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 1 N/A 1
2009-10 8 6 7 9 4 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 8 7 7 8 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A 1 1
2010-11 9 6 6 10 4 N/A 1 N/A N/A 36 8 6 6 9 3 N/A 1 N/A N/A 33 N/A 1 1
2011-12 11 8 9 11 4 N/A 1 N/A N/A 44 8 7 9 10 2 N/A 1 N/A N/A 37 N/A 1 1
2012-13 8 5 8 9 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A 34 7 6 9 9 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A 35 N/A 1 1
2013-14 9 6 8 9 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 34 9 6 8 8 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A 2 2
2014-15 10 7 8 10 2 N/A N/A N/A N/A 37 8 7 7 9 1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 32 N/A 1 1
2015-16 11 8 10 10 3 N/A 1 1 N/A 44 9 8 9 10 3 N/A 1 N/A N/A 40 N/A 1 1
2016-17 8 6 8 10 2 N/A 1 1 N/A 36 8 7 9 9 3 N/A 1 N/A N/A 37 N/A 1 1
2017-18 9 6 7 9 2 N/A 2 1 N/A 36 8 8 8 9 2 1 2 N/A N/A 38 N/A 1 1
2018-19 8 7 8 10 2 N/A 2 1 N/A 38 8 6 8 9 1 1 2 N/A N/A 35 N/A 1 1
2019-20 9 6 7 9 3 N/A N/A 2 N/A 36 8 6 6 6 2 1 N/A 1 N/A 30 N/A
2020-21 1 N/A N/A N/A 1 1 N/A N/A 1 N/A
Total events 496 217 420 497 134 2 10 6 1 1783 417 238 419 469 106 6 10 1 1 1667 3 11 14
Double wins 4 4 1 2 -- -- -- -- -- 11 3 3 5 4 -- -- -- -- -- 15 -- -- --
Triple wins -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 -- -- --
Total winners 500 221 421 499 134 2 10 6 1 1794 420 243 426 473 106 6 10 1 1 1686 3 11 14
Diff. winners 116 81 100 109 40 2 8 6 1 292 99 78 101 107 41 5 8 1 1 249 2 5 6

Last updated: 18 October 2020

Men's double winners

World Cup hosting countries
No. Season Place Discipline Winners
1 1977-78 Austria Kitzbühel downhill Germany Sepp Ferstl Austria Josef Walcher
2 1984-85 Japan Furano super-G Australia Steven Lee  Switzerland  Daniel Mahrer
3 1999-00 Austria St. Anton super-G Austria Werner Franz Austria Fritz Strobl
4 2002-03 Japan Shiga-K?gen slalom Finland Kalle Palander Austria Rainer Schönfelder
5 2004-05  Switzerland  Lenzerheide super-G United States Bode Miller United States Daron Rahlves
6 2005-06 Japan Shiga-K?gen slalom Finland Kalle Palander Austria Reinfried Herbst
7 2010-11  Switzerland  Adelboden giant slalom France Cyprien Richard Norway Aksel Lund Svindal
8 2011-12 Norway Kvitfjell super-G  Switzerland  Beat Feuz Austria Klaus Kröll
9 2012-13 Italy Bormio downhill Austria Hannes Reichelt Italy Dominik Paris
10 2013-14 Norway Kvitfjell downhill Norway Kjetil Jansrud Austria Georg Streitberger
11 2017-18 Sweden Åre downhill Austria Vincent Kriechmayr Austria Matthias Mayer

Ladies' triple winners

No. Season Place Discipline Winners
1 2002-03 Austria Sölden giant slalom Norway Andrine Flemmen Austria Nicole Hosp Slovenia Tina Maze
2 2005-06 Norway Hafjell super-G Austria Michaela Dorfmeister United States Lindsey Kildow  Switzerland  Nadia Styger

Ladies' double winners

20 wins and more in speed/technical events

All-event winners

Only a few racers have ever managed to win races in all five classic World Cup alpine skiing disciplines during their career, as listed in the table below. Marc Girardelli (1988-89), Petra Kronberger (1990-91), Janica Kosteli? (2005-06) and Tina Maze (2012-13) are the only skiers to have won all five events in a single season. Bode Miller is the only skier with at least five World Cup victories in all five disciplines.

Men

Career Times Seasons Wins DH SG GS SL KB PSL+CE
United States Bode Miller 1997-2017 5 0 33 8 5 9 5 6 -
Luxembourg Marc Girardelli 1980-1996 3 1 46 3 9 7 16 11 N/A
 Switzerland  Pirmin Zurbriggen 1981-1990 2 0 40 10 10 7 2 11 N/A
1989-2006 1 0 21 1 5 6 1 8 -
Austria Günther Mader 1982-1998 1 0 14 1 6 2 1 4 -

Ladies

Career Times Seasons Wins DH SG GS SL KB PSL+CE
Sweden Anja Pärson 1998-2012 3 0 42 6 4 11 18 3 -
Sweden Pernilla Wiberg 1990-2002 2 0 24 2 3 2 14 3 -
Austria Petra Kronberger 1987-1992 2 1 16 6 2 3 3 2 N/A
United States Lindsey Vonn 2001-2019 2 0 82 43 28 4 2 5 -
Croatia Janica Kosteli? 1998-2006 1 1 30 1 1 2 20 6 N/A
Slovenia Tina Maze 1999-2015 1 1 26 4 1 14 4 3 -
United States Mikaela Shiffrin 2012-active 1 0 66 2 4 11 43 1 5
  • Mikaela Shiffrin is the only skier in history who has won in six different disciplines--i.e., aside from the classic five disciplines, she has also won in parallel slalom.

Most race wins in a single season

The following skiers have won at least 10 World Cup races in a single season (events not available in a given season are marked by NA):

World Cup scoring system

The World Cup scoring system is based on awarding a number of points for each place in a race, but the procedure for doing so and the often-arcane method used to calculate the annual champions has varied greatly over the years. Originally, points were awarded only to the top 10 finishers in each race, with 25 points for the winner, 20 for second, 15 for third, 11 for fourth, 8 for fifth, 6 for sixth, 4 for seventh, and then decreasing by 1 point for each lower place. To determine the winner for each discipline World Cup, only a racer's best 3 results would count, even though there would typically be 6-8 races in each discipline. For the overall Cup, the best three results in each discipline would be summed. Until 1970, also the results of Winter Olympic Games races and Alpine World Ski Championship races were included in the World Cup valuation (i.e. Grenoble 1968 and Val Gardena 1970); this was abandoned after 1970, mainly due to the limited number of racers per nation who are admitted to take part in these events. For the 1971-72 season, the number of results counted was increased to 5 in each discipline. The formula used to determine the overall winner varied almost every year over the next decade, with some seasons divided into two portions with a fixed number of results in each period counting towards the overall, while in other seasons the best 3 or 4 results in each discipline would count.

Starting with the 1979-80 season, points were awarded to the top 15 finishers in each race. After 1980-81, the formula for the overall title stabilized for several years, counting the best 5 results in the original disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, and downhill) plus the best 3 results in combined. When Super G events were introduced for the 1982-83 season, the results were included with giant slalom for the first three seasons, before a separate discipline Cup was awarded starting in 1985-86 and the top 3 Super G results were counted towards the overall. The formula for the overall was changed yet again the following season, with the top 4 results in each discipline counting, along with all combined results (although the combined was nearly eliminated from the schedule, reduced to only 1 or 2 events per season).

This perennial tweaking of the scoring formula was a source of ongoing uncertainty to the World Cup racers and to fans. The need for a complete overhaul of the scoring system had grown increasingly urgent with each successive year, and in 1987-88 the FIS decided to fully simplify the system: all results would now count in each discipline and in the overall. This new system was an immediate success, and the practice of counting all results has been maintained in every subsequent season. With the ongoing expansion of the number and quality of competitors in World Cup races over the years, a major change to the scoring system was implemented in the 1991-92 season. The top 30 finishers in each race would now earn points, with 100 for the winner, 80 for second, 60 for third, and then decreasing by smaller increments for each lower place. The point values were adjusted slightly the following season (to reduce the points for places 4th through 20th), and the scoring system has not been changed again since that year. The table below compares the point values under all five scoring systems which have been in use:

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Current System
1993-
100 80 60 50 45 40 36 32 29 26 24 22 20 18 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
1992 System
1992
100 80 60 55 51 47 43 40 37 34 31 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Top 15 System
1980-1991
25 20 15 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
1979 System +
1979
25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Original System
1967-1979
25 20 15 11 8 6 4 3 2 1
Place 1 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
Parallel slalom
100 80 60 50 40 40 40 40 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15

+ NOTE: The scoring system changed during the 1978-79 season; this special system was used for the last 2 men's downhills and the last 3 races in every other discipline except combined.

Statistical analysis

Since the Top 30 scoring system was implemented in 1991-92., the number of completed men's or women's World Cup races each year has ranged from 30 to 44, so the maximum possible point total for an individual racer is about 3000-4400 under the current scoring system. However, very few racers actually ski in all events; for example, Bode Miller was "the only skier to have competed in every World Cup race"[22] during the three seasons from 2003-2005. The current record for total World Cup points in a season is Tina Maze's 2414 points in 2012-13, with the men's record of 2000 points set by Hermann Maier in 1999-2000. The fewest points for an overall champion under the current system thus far have been 1009 for men by Aksel Lund Svindal in 2008-09 and 1248 for women by Vreni Schneider in 1994-95. The largest margin of victory in the overall has been Maze's 1313 points in 2012-13, more than doubling second-place finisher Maria Höfl-Riesch's total, while the largest men's margin was 743 points by Hermann Maier in 2000-01. Note that in the early days of World Cup (when the first place was awarded only 25 points), even larger relative margins of victory were recorded in 1967 by Jean-Claude Killy with 225 points over Heinrich Messner with 114 points and in 1973-74 by Annemarie Moser-Pröll with 268 points over Monika Kaserer with 153 points. The closest finishes since 1992 have been minuscule margins of 6 points in 1994-95 (Vreni Schneider over Katja Seizinger), 3 points in 2004-05 (Anja Pärson over Janica Kosteli?) and in 2010-11 (Maria Riesch over Lindsey Vonn), and only 2 points in 2008-09 (Aksel Lund Svindal over Benjamin Raich). The current men's record for total World Cup points in one month of the season is Ivica Kosteli?'s 999 points from January 2011.

The tables below contain a brief statistical analysis of the overall World Cup standings during the 21 seasons since the Top 30 scoring system was implemented in 1991-92. In general, over 1000 points are needed to contend for the overall title. At least 1 man and 1 woman has scored 1000 points in each of these seasons, but no more than 5 men's or women's racers have crossed that threshold in any single season. Of the 42 men's and women's overall champions in these years, 38 scored over 1200 points, 30 had over 1300 points, 19 reached 1500 points, and only 7 amassed more than 1700 points during their winning seasons. As for the runners-up, 37 of the 42 second-place finishers scored over 1000 points, 18 had over 1300 points, and only 4 reached 1500 points yet failed to win. Most overall titles have been won quite convincingly, by more than 200 points in 23 of 42 cases, while only 11 margins of victory have been tighter than 50 points.

Annual Statistics Calculated for the 1992-2012 Seasons
Men's Overall World Cup
Races Completed 1st Place Points Margin of Victory 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Number of Skiers per Season:
> 1000 Pts > 500 Pts > 200 Pts
Maximum 44 2000 743 1454 1307 5 21 50
Average 35.4 1414 258 1155 1001 2.5 14 41
Minimum 30 1009 2 775 760 1 8 37
Women's Overall World Cup
Races Completed 1st Place Points Margin of Victory 2nd Place Points 3rd Place Points Number of Skiers per Season:
> 1000 Pts > 500 Pts > 200 Pts
Maximum 39 1980 578 1725 1391 5 19 45
Average 33.4 1570 244 1326 1117 3.3 13 37
Minimum 30 1248 3 931 904 1 9 32
Aggregate Statistics Calculated for the 1992-2012 Seasons
Men's and Women's Overall World Cups: Total Numbers Across 21 Seasons
> 1700 Pts > 1500 Pts > 1300 Pts > 1200 Pts > 1100 Pts > 1000 Pts > 900 Pts > 800 Pts
First Place 7 19 30 38 41 42 42 42
Second Place 1 4 18 24 28 37 40 41
Third Place - - 4 7 15 27 36 40
> 600 Pts > 500 Pts > 400 Pts > 300 Pts > 200 Pts > 100 Pts >= 50 Pts < 50 Pts
Margin of Victory 2 6 10 19 23 28 31 11

World Cup Finals

Since 1993 the International Ski Federation (FIS) has hosted a World Cup Final at the end of each season in March. During five days, men's and women's races are held in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. Only a limited number of racers are invited to ski at the Finals, including the top 25 in the World Cup standings in each discipline, plus the current junior World Champions in each discipline. Because of the smaller field, World Cup points are only awarded to the top 15 finishers in each race.

Hosts of the World Cup Finals:

The 2004 final was held in all FIS disciplines except Ski Jumping. The Freestyle events were held in neighbouring Sauze d'Oulx and the Snowboard events in Bardonecchia.
The 2008 final was held in all FIS disciplines except Ski Jumping. The Freestyle and Snowboard events were held in neighbouring Valmalenco.

World Cup winners by country

The table below lists those nations which have won at least one World Cup race (current as of 18 October 2020).[25][26]

Alpine team event

Rank Nation Total By disciplines
PSL PGS
1   Switzerland 4 - 4
2  Austria 3 2 1
 Sweden 3 - 3
4  Germany 2 - 2
5  Italy 1 1 -
 Czech Republic 1 - 1
Total 14 3 11

Individual race wins are counted in this table, along with the nations team events held at World Cup Finals since 2006 (counts double as both men & women in mixed competition contribute to a win). The "parallel race" is a head-to-head slalom race format used occasionally from the 1970s through 1990s, and again in 2011. Team event wins are doubled (because on one team event race competed both women and men; so it's counted separately each for women and men). Results for West Germany and Germany are counted together in this table. All of Yugoslavia's wins are currently lumped in with Slovenia, since the skiers who won races for former Yugoslavia were all Slovenes from Slovenia (one of six Yugoslav Republics), and thus are listed under Slovenia in online databases. The Soviet Union and Russia are counted separately, as are Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

A total of 24 countries have won World Cup races, with 19 different countries winning men's races and 20 winning women's races. As expected, the top 10 nations in this list are the same as the 10 nations listed in the Nations Cup summary table (with slight changes in order).

Some interesting facts can be found in the data: Marc Girardelli accounted for all of Luxembourg's 46 wins, while Janica Kosteli? has 30 of Croatia's 56 and her brother Ivica has the rest. Ingemar Stenmark still has nearly one-half of Sweden's 192 wins more than two decades after his retirement. Some nations specialize in either speed (downhill and Super G) or technical (slalom and GS) disciplines, while others are strong across the board. Among nations with 30+ wins, the Canadian team has won 73% of its races in speed events, while Yugoslavia/Slovenia has won 84% and Sweden 86% of their races in technical events, especially notable in Sweden's case given its large number of wins. Several nations with under 30 wins have 100% of them in technical events, led by Finland and Spain. In contrast Germany and Norway have the most even distribution without disproportionate strength or weakness in any one discipline. Some nations have strong teams in only one gender, as 92% of Norway's wins have come from their men and 83% of Germany's from their women, while the Swiss and Canadian totals are split almost equally.

Nations Cup

The Nations Cup standings are calculated by adding up all points each season for all racers from a given nation.

Year Standings (total)   Standings (men)   Standings (women)
First Second Third First Second Third First Second Third
1967  France  Austria  Canada  France  Austria    Switzerland   France  Austria  Canada
1968  France  Austria    Switzerland   Austria  France    Switzerland   France  Austria  United States
1969  Austria  France  United States  Austria  France    Switzerland   France  United States  Austria
1970  France  Austria  United States  France  Austria    Switzerland   France  United States  Austria
1971  France  Austria    Switzerland   France    Switzerland   Austria  France  Austria  United States
1972  France  Austria    Switzerland     Switzerland   France  Italy  France  Austria  United States
1973  Austria  France    Switzerland   Austria  Italy    Switzerland   Austria  France  West Germany
1974  Austria  Italy    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany  France
1975  Austria  Italy    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Austria    Switzerland   West Germany
1976  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany    Switzerland 
1977  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   France
1978  Austria    Switzerland   United States  Austria  Italy  Sweden  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany
1979  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria  West Germany  United States
1980  Austria    Switzerland   Liechtenstein  Austria    Switzerland   Sweden   Switzerland and  Austria  Liechtenstein
1981    Switzerland   United States  Austria  Austria    Switzerland   United States    Switzerland   United States  West Germany
1982    Switzerland   Austria  United States  Austria    Switzerland   United States  West Germany    Switzerland   United States
1983    Switzerland   Austria  United States    Switzerland   Austria  Sweden    Switzerland   Austria  United States
1984    Switzerland   Austria  United States  Austria    Switzerland   Sweden    Switzerland   United States  Austria
1985    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany    Switzerland   Austria  Italy    Switzerland   West Germany  Austria
1986    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany  Austria    Switzerland   Italy    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany
1987    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany    Switzerland   Austria  Italy    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany
1988  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany  Austria    Switzerland   Italy    Switzerland   Austria  West Germany
1989  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany    Switzerland   Austria  France
1990  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   West Germany
1991  Austria    Switzerland   Germany  Austria    Switzerland   Norway  Austria    Switzerland   Germany
1992  Austria    Switzerland   Germany    Switzerland   Austria  Italy  Austria  Germany    Switzerland 
1993  Austria    Switzerland   Germany  Austria    Switzerland   Norway  Austria  Germany    Switzerland 
1994  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria  Norway    Switzerland   Germany  Austria    Switzerland 
1995  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria  Italy  Norway    Switzerland   Germany  Austria
1996  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Italy  Austria  Germany    Switzerland 
1997  Austria  Italy    Switzerland   Austria  Italy  Norway  Germany  Austria  Italy
1998  Austria  Germany  Italy  Austria    Switzerland   Norway  Germany  Austria  Italy
1999