COURCHEVEL, France: Mikaela Shiffrin led the first run of the World Cup giant slalom on Monday, and overall standings leader Petra Vlhova exited for the first time this season.
Shiffrin navigated a clever set of turns 0.07 seconds faster than Marta Bassino in the final four gates, who are seeking a third straight victory in the giant slalom.
Federica Brigon, the defending overall champion, finished third at 0.14 in the afternoon with Olympic champion Shifferin to score a run at the upscale Courchevel.
No other racer was within half a second of the leading trio.
The world champion in the giant slalom, Vhhova, was one of three high-ranked racers in the first group to debut, dropping out near the end of their runs in the sun-drenched French Alps.
Shifrin is chasing her first win this season, after which Valhova and Bassino competed in five World Cup events.
The race was postponed from Sunday to prepare a safe ice surface. Bassino won on consecutive falling snow on Saturday, when Shifferin was fourth at 1.70.