New Zealand alpine ski racer Alice Robinson has recorded a DNF in a stacked field on the opening day of the FIS World Cup Giant Slalom event in France.
Weather conditions were tough with snow falling throughout the duration of the race in Courchevel, resulting in variable visibility and fresh snow on the course.
Robinson was sitting in an impressive sixth place after run one, 1.3 second behind leader Petra Vlhova of Slovakia.
The New Zealander came out of the start gate for run two looking strong but part way down the course she lost her left ski, resulting in a crash and a DNF for the race.
Robinson’s coach Chris Knight set the course for run one, in what was the first time New Zealand has ever been awarded a World Cup Giant Slalom course set.
Marta Bassino of Italy took the win ahaead of Sweden’s Sara Hector and Vlhova.