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Killington's Cup Giant Slalom Preview

Updated: Nov 23, 2023


Lara Gut-Behrami, Marta Bassino, Sara Hector. Killington Cup Giant Slalom Podium 2023
Killington Cup 2023. Giant Slalom Podium. Picture: Killington Resort & US Ski & Snowboard

Next weekend the Alpine Ski World Cup Tour in North America will begin on the east coast in Vermont with the Giant Slalom and Slalom races at the Killington ski resort.

The Killington Cup Giant Slalom and Slalom will be held November 25-26, 2023. It will be the seventh time Killington has hosted the Alpine Ski World Cup.

The Stifel Killington Cup, is a regular stop on the Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup Calendar since 2016.


November 25th Giant Slalom 1 Run 10:00 LOC / 16 :00 CET - 2 Run 13:00 LOC / 19 :00 CET

November 26th Slalom 1 Run 10:15 LOC / 16 :15 CET - 2 Run 13:00 LOC / 19 :00 CET


Technical Data Superstar Giant Slalom racecourse

  • Start Altitude: 1,128 m

  • Finish Altitude: 780 m

  • Vertical Drop: 348 m



In the 2022-2023 winter season, Lara Gut-Behrami won the first Women's World Cup Giant Slalom race of the year in Killington on November 26, 2022 but failed to win another race in the tech discipline afterwards (7th-7th-2nd-5th-3rd-2nd-5th-DNF).

Gut-Behrami won the Alpine Ski World Cup Opener in Sölden ahead of Federica Brignone (+ 0.02) and Petra Vlhova (+0.14).

The 32-year-old skier from Ticino claimed 6 of her 38 World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom. She was on the podium 75 times in the World Cup, 19 of them in Giant Slalom.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 19

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 6



Federica Brignone achieved eight of her 21 World Cup victories in Giant Slalom. Also, 30 of her 57 podiums came in the same discipline. She won the Giant Slalom in Killington in November 24, 2018, and finished in second place in 2019.

Italian women won at least one World Cup Giant Slalom event in each of the last seven seasons (2015-2016 to 2021-2022).

Back in 2020, Federica Brignone Grabs the Overall, Giant Slalom, and Alpine Combined Globes. Brignone can be proud to be the first Italian woman to conquer the Overall Globe. Brignone joined the Italian-Overall club composed of Piero Gros, Gustav Thoeni, and Alberto Tomba on the Men's field.

Federica Brignone finished in second place in the Giant Slalom in Sölden.

Since her first win in 2015-2016, she has only failed to win a World Cup Giant Slalom race in 2020-2021 and 2022-2023.

Federica Brignone, 33 years old, can become the oldest women to win a World Cup Giant Slalom race, surpassing Anita Wachter who was 32 years and 319 days old when she won in Lienz on 28 December 1999.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 30

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 8


Petra Vlhova finished in the Top-3 in the Giant Slalom standings twice: two-second places in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. She finished sixth, fourth, and fifth in the last three seasons respectively.

The 28-year-old finished in third place in the Alpine Ski World Cup Opener in Sölden.

Petra Vlhova claimed the first-ever World Championships gold medal for Slovakia at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre (SWE) in the Giant Slalom event.

Six of her 28 victories in the World Cup came in the Giant Slalom, and 18 of her 68 podiums were also in this discipline.

Vlhova never finished on the podium in the Giant Slalom in Killington. Her best result at Killington in the Giant Slalom was a 6th place in 2019.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 18

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 6


Mikaela Shiffrin won seven Giant Slalom events in the 2022-2023 winter season (Semmering I and II, Kranjska Gora, Kronplatz I and II, Are, and Soldeu). The only alpine skier (male or female) to record more than seven Giant Slalom victories in a single season is Ingemar Stenmark: 10 in 1978-1979.

After winning the last race of the 2022-2023 season in Andorra, with 21 victories, Mikaela Shiffrin is the woman with the most World Cup event wins in the Giant Slalom.

The 28-year-old secured the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe at Are. It's her second Crystal Globe in the discipline. In total, Shiffrin finished the 2022-2023 season with a total of 15 Crystal Globes (5 total, 7 in Slalom, 2 in Giant Slalom, and 1 in Super-G).

Shiffrin can become the first woman to successfully defend her Giant Slalom title since Anna Veith in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

The U.S. skier has won five World Cup events in Killington, but all her wins were in the Slalom event. In Giant Slalom she was on the podium twice, second in 2017, and third in 2019.

Shiffrin finished out of the podium, in sixth podition, the first Giant Slalom of the season in Sölden.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 38

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 21


Sara Hector claimed 13 World Cup podiums in the Giant Slalom, including four wins in Courchevel, Kranjska Gora, and Kronplatz in the 2021-2022 winter season. Her injury deprived her to become the second Swedish winner of the Women's Giant Slalom Crystal Globe, after Anja Pärson (2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2006).

Hector won the Olympic Giant Slalom gold in Beijing.

In 2022 Hector finished in third position in the Giant Slalom held in Killington.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 13

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 4





Marta Bassino won the World Cup Giant Slalom event in Killington in November 30, 2019. Last season Bassino finished in second place +0.07 seconds behind Gut-Behrami.

Bassino won the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe in 2021 after being the most consistent racer in the discipline in the 2020-2021 season.

The 27-year-old Italian has won six Giant Slalom World Cups. She claimed her victories in Killington, Sölden, Courchevel and Kranjska Gora (2), and Sestriere. The four Italian women with the most victories in Giant Slalom are Deborah Compagnoni (13), Federica Brignone (8), Denise Karbon (6), and Bassino.

She finished in fifth podition the first Giant Slalom of the season in Sölden.


Giant Slalom World Cup Podiums: 20

Giant Slalom World Cup Wins: 6


Austria has won a record 93 women's World Cup Giant Slalom events, but its most recent victory was more than seven years ago: by Eva-Maria Brem in Jasná on March 7, 2016.

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