The FIS World Cup Ski season got underway over the weekend in Solden to a mixed start. The women's races included British skier Chemmy Alcott's first finish of the season, yet the men's race was cancelled due to bad weather.
The Rettenbach glacier is the traditional host for the first race of the season and with good early snow this year it had the makings of a good race weekend. The first GS race of the season is usually seen as a good indicator of what's to come and current Olympic champion Viktoria Rebensberg didn't disappoint with her first win of the season.
The women's race was dominated by the Germans placing first, second and fifth, while Chemmy Alcott placed in 27th and US skiing's superstar, Lindsey Vonn, also finished low in the pecking order, down in 18th place.
Unfortunately the men's race offered much less excitement due to poor visibility, with bad fog over a section of the course forcing race organisers to abandon the contest. It is yet unclear whether the race will be left as cancelled or re-scheduled for later in the season.
All in all the weather offered up a little bit of drama and Chemmy had her first race of the season, let's hope next week in Saas Fee is more successful on both of those fronts.
Written by Charlie Hamilton-Beaufort