The snow has finally hit Europe and the best winter sport athletes are ready to start their season off with a bang.

First stop was Solden, Austria for the Giant Slalom races where Britain’s Alex Tilley was competing in the Alpine World Cup season opener.

A snowstorm hit most of the Alps during the weekend, which played havoc with conditions on the Rettenbach Glacier in Solden. The start had to be lowered for the ladies Giant Slalom due to high winds and excessive snowfall, which meant the racers started just before the entry to the steep pitch.

Federica Brignone had the advantage of going bib 1 and managed to hold the lead throughout the first run, with Viktoria Rebensburg, Tessa Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin within a second of her lead.

Britain’s Alex Tilley was bib 24 and attacked the first section of the course with real intent. The loose snow and flat light made it tough work for the Brit and she struggled to stick on the racing line. Eventually Tilley basically grounded to a halt as she tried to stay in the course, she then re-entered the course to finish her run.

Tilley finished the first run 5.44 seconds behind the first run leader Brignone and finished 49th place after the conclusion of the opening run. Only the top 30 qualify for the second run, so unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Tilley this time around. Her race pace from the top of the course was really encouraging going into the rest of the season.

Ski Club Honorary President and former GB World Cup skier, Chemmy Alcott said on her Instagram story: “Tilley went for that! She is going to be fast this season.”

  

The race was eventually won by France’s Tessa Worley ahead of Federica Brignone of Italy, with last season’s overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin in third.

On Sunday, the men’s race was cancelled due to excessive snowfall and high wind speeds. The international governing body FIS have announced the race will be rescheduled to Saalbach Hinterglemm on the 20th December 2018. 

The cancellation will be a blessing in disguise for Britain’s Charlie Raposo who wasn’t fully fit for the original Solden opener due to a back injury sustained in the summer. Raposo may be able to get fit to compete in the rescheduled race in December instead.

Next competition for Team British Ski and Snowboard will be the World Cup Big Air in Modena, Italy on the 4th November 2018. 

That's then followed by the next World Cup Alpine Salom races in Levi, Finland on 17th November 2018. 

For full results of the ladies GS click here