Best Alpine Skiers

The Top Ten

Frida Hansdotter

She is so cool, and she is an Olympic gold medalist.

Been following Frida since 2004.
She is an attractive young lady.
I wish her nothing but the best when she retires in a few weeks,

Ingemar Stenmark

More dominant than anyone. Was not allowed to participate in the '84 Olymics (a season when he had had 7 WC-wins). Still, 2 olympic gold medals, 3 world championships, 86 WC wins ( Maier is 2nd with 54... ).

When I grew up & went to school in the 70's - the only time we were allowed to watch T.V. during school hours was when Ingmar Stenmark was racing. I think most of Sweden was at a stand still. He could beat the opposition by seconds sometimes in stead of hundreds of a second.

Not even a competition. Stenmark was so much better than everyone else of his time. No other have ever been as outstanding of his time.

FIS had to rewrite the rules because Ingemar was just unbeatable. Of course impossible to really compare skiers in different time periods, but Ingemar dominated like no one has done since.

Marcel Hirscher

Definitely the greatest that has ever been riding down the slopes of the world, year after year for 6 consecutive years. In nowadays perfected world of skiing this is a feat so amazing it simply can not be measured against any other achievements of past skiers.

Nobody has been so dominant in 6 consecutive years as Marcel Hirscher. I believe it was easier to win in the "old " days - say 20-30 years ago. Today Skiers are more Athletic, the sport is also faster and more dangerous in general.

6 Overall world Cup wins in a row! 6 time Gold medalist at world Championships... the greatest!

Definitely the best Ski racer of all times. While it is always difficult to compare different decades of skier, no one is more technical dominant as Hirscher.

Ivica Kostelić

One of the best technicians in the world! And the best athlete-musician ever ;)

You must be kidding... this guy should not be event in the top 20... and no comments on the way he is managing the end of his career! Good skier and stop

Excellent skiing technique, the best skier today and presumingly some time soon it will be recorded as one of the best of all times.

best technic, he skies smoothly

Bode Miller

He's just an amazing skier. He loves the mountain and he adores skiing. Bode is incredible and he is always ready to do something strange and dangerous - for example one foot skiing in Lake Louse.

Fun skier to watch as he has personality.

He is fantastic in all disciplines, but he has ofeten a "bad day".

He's highly skilled, unconventional and very daring - do, plus independently minded... -That makes Bode Miller the champion in my eyes!

Kjetil Andre Aamodt

Aamodt became the first male alpine skier to win four gold medals in the Olympics, and is one of only 5 male alpine skiers to have won a World Cup race in all five disciplines.

Are you serious? He crushes the competition. More olympic and world cup gold medals than any competitor.

Both the youngest and oldest male alpine skier to win a gold medal at the Olympics... Says it all.

He has the most medals, thinks that says it all! He also has been top ten in 231 world cup races, more than anyone else! Stenmark has more number 1s, but this guy has been good in every discipline, and he also has been, with his 231 top ten placements, the best one overall in every single race!

Aksel Lund Svindal

Aksel has one a ton of World Cup races should be higher

Amazing athlete. Should be higher on this list!

The most talented by far! Had it not been for his injuries he would have stayed great in giant slalom and combined too.

Two amazing comebacks after stood injuries. Great sportsmanship.

Alberto Tomba

Fantastic abilities in both slalom and giant slalom, 5 olympic gold medals, 50 total world cup wins, and only alpine male skier to have won at least one world cup race per year for 11 consecutive seasons

When he was on the line, alpine ski in Italy (and not only there) was almost more important than football! The Sanremo Festival 1988 (the most important music festival) stopped for allowing the people to follow his race in slalom at Calgary Olympics! And he won, of course! A real phenomenon with a fantastic talent, simply exciting!

The best sponsor ever for alpine ski!

Had he the same character as Stenmark he could have become the greatest of all times... Unfortunately he liked skiing as much as parties

Franz Klammer

Without question the best skier of his time. He was the first skier to put real fire on the slopes, a bit like Bode Miller does today. But overall, Klammer deserves the top spot for all time greats in this dangerous and compelling sport. Bode can quite happily accept 2nd place!

His record speaks for itself - but the run at Innsbruck in 1976 to win Olympic gold took literally death-defying courage. One of the pinnacles of sporting ahievement in any field.

Alway threw caution to the wind and went for it. After seeing him on a programme training by jumping in a circle of varying bars I was hooked. Full of Charisma and someone you always had a belief that he could pull it off.

1976 Olympics win says all that needs to be said. That last run was the single most thrilling event I have ever seen in my 74years.

Lindsey Vonn

The dominate vonn 82 world cup wins 4 overall world cup titles, 3 olympic medals, 8 world championship medals, world cup winner in all five disciplines

The most wins for a female in history. All though injury prone while on the hill always the one to beat.

She is amazing! I love the way she skis!

Um, excuse me! This gal should be number one! The most decorated skier of all time, breaking so many records. She is legendary.

The Contenders

Hermann Maier

To make a come back after such a horrible accident is fantastic he is the greatest...

Just a real legend! Give him credit for his way back after is accident too!

He would find a line that no one else dared to to take, and hold it through the finish. One of the strongest skiers ever.

He is maybe the best super-g skier. He had a terrible car accident

Mikaela Shiffrin

63 world cup wins, 3 overall world cup titles, 3 Olympic medals, 7 world championship medals at 24 years old, most world cup wins in a season 17 ( man or woman)

She clearly is the best in Slalom. Poetry on skis. She may eventually be the best in the remaining alpine disciplines. Time will tell. But it is clear that even at such a young age, the number of her globes don't lie, that she is the one to beat.

Best win ratios, of any racer ever, in total starts, top 3 podiums, top 10 placements. Her perfect combination of strength, balance, reflexes and skiing IQ allows her to make going fast on skis look SO EASY. Simple the "GOAT"

Absolutely the best! No doubt! Four separate discipline wins and a fifth th not far in the future. And...she's only 23.

Pirmin Zurbriggen

He is all-round skier, best his discipline was downhill and super-g, but he was also good in slalom and giant slalom.

I think Pirmin, together with Mark, Ingemar, Toni, Gustav and maybe Alberto represented the top 5 skiers in history...

Best all round skier

So smooth like a hot butter knife through butter.

Tina Maze

Should be higher since she is probably the most versatile ever. Remember in 2013 she could have won the World Cup for that season in all 6 discipline. Had the last downhill not been cancelled and Shifferin not had an incredible 2nd half of her 2nd slalom run of the world cup finale to come from over a second down on Maze, she does win all 6 that season.

The best overall skier ever to grace the slopes.

She is the best alpine skier

So much talent in that pint sized little body. Amazing competitor!

Jean-Claude Killy

3 Olympic medals in one Olympics 1968, 2 world cup overall titles, 6 World Championship medals

Watched this guy on ABC Sports Wide World of Sports ski in numerous events. ALWAYS destroyed the competition. He was fearless. The more pressure there was the faster he skied. THE BEST OF ALL TIME.

He had incredible finesse-if he were in his '20's now- and trained and worked out like they do now- I think he'd be right up there, with anyone, at the top.

Won all three alpine gold medals in '68 Olympics. Speaks for itself.

Marc Girardelli

46 world cup wins, 5 world cup overall titles, 2 Olympic medals, 11 World Championship medals, winnner in all 5 world cup disciplines.

he's the only one which won a world cup in all the alpine sky categories (slalom, giant, superG, downhill).

Would place him second to Stenmark on his record, but above as overall racer of all time.

For this guy only bad thing that he had a few injury

Benjamin Raich

He is really great skier, perfect technician, he is fantastic in slalom, giant slalom and combination, he is very good in super-g and not bad in downhill.

Didier Cuche

Best downhill skier. Really appreciated by all others skiers.

He is the best downhill skier of all times

Stayed on top for such a long time. The best

Spartacuche - 5 time winner of the Hahnenkamm Downhill at Kitzbühel (World most demanding course), 3 World Cup Downhill Discipline titles

Gustav Thoni

Fantastic memories... his battles against Ingemar represent the history of skiing!

Most complete of alls

One of the most complete skier ever lived.

The most technical skier ever lived.

Lasse Kjus

He won medals (2 gold and 3 silver) in every event in the world championship in Vail in 1999

He and Kjetil Andre Aamåt is one of the greatest of all time

5 medals in one world championeship, no one will ever copy that.

Medals inn all 5 diciplines in world championship in 1999. Best single championship result. together with aamodt, he was always to be counted for in all diciplines for more than a decade.

Janica Kostelić

30 World Cup wins, 3 overall world cup titles, 6 Olympic medals, 5 world Championship medals. Retired at age 25.

She is best world skier of all time.

The Olympics’ most medaled female skier with four Olympic Gold and two Silver medals (across the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Turin Games), plus five World Championship Gold medals, three Overall World Cup titles and three Slalom titles, Kostelić burst onto the World Cup tour in Park City at just 16-years-old.
She was 25 years-old when she ended her career in 2007.

Stein Eriksen

Perhaps the first, and longest-lasting "ski god / star! "

Ski it like Stein baby

cool

Ted Ligety

Most perfect skier ever—never looked stressed, like he was taking a walk in the part, despite the fact that he beat his competitors by seconds! Strong, stable, aggressive yet always elegant.

The best technique ever! He skis like poetry!

Fantastic technique, best present skier!

He deserves higher go usa

Henrik Kristoffersen

"An absolute beast of nature"

Steve Podborski

Superb skier in downhill for size

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