Vail-based American racer Lindsey Vonn won her first ever World Cup Giant Slalom race, her 42nd World cup race win, to open the season which is one of those one-in-four winters without an Alpine World Championships or an Olympic Games.

Vonn's other wins include 21 downhills, 14 super Gs, 4 combined races and 2 slaloms but this is her first GS victory. The 42nd victory puts her equal with Sweden's Anja Paerson for the fourth most Women's World Cup victories and only 20 titles behind Annemarie Moser-Pröll of Austria who finished her career which lasted from 1969 to 1980 with 62 titles. Vonn's victory was also the first by a US female in GS in 20 years.

Last season's overall World Cup champion, who took the title in the last race from Vonn last winter after the American had won the three previous seasons, Maria Hoefl-Riesch from Germany, finished 24th.

Next weekend the World Cup season, which opened in the Northern Hemisphere with an indoor snow snowboarding competition at SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands earlier this month, moves to Saas Fee in Switzerland for another boarding contest.

Lindsey Vonn is based in Vail, Colorado, where the resort, which will host the 2015 Alpine Skiing World Championships, has already named a run after America's most successful ever female downhill ski racer.