Mikaela Shiffrin was gifted a fourth reindeer of her career in Levi after winning a record-breaking 41st slalom race in Saturday's FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup meeting.

The American great was trailing Petra Vlhova after the first run, but her rival crashed out in the second attempt, leaving Shiffrin to coast to victory by 1.78 seconds from Wendy Holdener.

It means Shiffrin is now the outright leader of any skier in slalom wins, surpassing the tally of 40 achieved by the legendary Ingemar Stenmark.

Traditionally, winners in Levi are presented with reindeer and Shiffrin now has four for her collection - steadily setting herself up as a Santa Claus for the snowsport generation.

"I wasn't thinking about [the record] at all today," Shiffrin said. "Nobody asked too so that was pretty nice.

"I was just trying to push Petra, she's skiing really well. I know she had a really tough start to the season with the sickness, so coming out here and being so strong was super impressive.

"She showed great strength not only physically but mentally too. I feel a little bit lucky with this win, but I also feel good with my skiing so I'm happy."

Teenage sensation Alice Robinson was in a state of shock after pipping Mikaela Shiffrin to start the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season with a giant slalom victory in Soelden.

The 17-year-old New Zealander ended last season by finishing second behind the all-conquering Shiffrin in the Soldeu giant slalom.

Robinson turned the tables on the three-time defending overall World Cup champion on Saturday, edging the American out by 0.06 seconds.

The victory was Robinson's first in a World Cup event and she was emotional after a second run of one minute, 9.33 seconds put her on the top step of the podium.

Shiffrin led by 0.14s after the opening run but had to settle for second spot ahead of France's Tessa Worley.

"It's like a dream for me and I'm still in shock," said Robinson.

"To be honest I won by such a small margin against Mikaela, I still feel really lucky to stand here."

Austrian Bernadette Schild was airlifted off the course after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ending her season on the day it started.

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