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Alpine Skiing World Cup: 20 photo highlights from the 2016-17 season

Updated 1455 GMT (2255 HKT) March 23, 2017
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The Alpine Skiing World Cup traverses the globe in order to crown the world's best male and female downhill skiers. The 2017 season kicked off in Austria in October and concluded in Aspen, US. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Erik Guay soars through the Val Gardena sky when the World Cup went to Italy in December. The Canadian became skiing's oldest world champion in February. Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull Content Pool
Switzerland's Patrick Kueng prepares himself for a training run ahead of the men's downhill race in Wengen, Switzerland. FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images
Norway's Leif Kristian Haugen loses his balance during the men's giant slalom race in Adelboden, Switzerland. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Mikaela Shiffrin performs in front of a home crowd in Killington, USA, where she was victorious. Erich Schlegel/USA TODAY Sports
America's golden girl Shiffrin enjoyed a storming season so far. On her way to claiming the overall title, she made history with her third successive world championship slalom title. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
In Levi, Finland, Shiffrin claimed an unusual first prize -- a reindeer. MARTTI KAINULAINEN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The tradition extends to the men's competition, too. Marcel Hirscher of Austria greets his prize reindeer, Leo. MARTTI KAINULAINEN/AFP/Getty Images
Hirscher went on to win the overall title in the men's competition and get his hands on skiing's coveted crystal globe Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
From one champion to another, tennis legend Roger Federer watched the men's downhill at the World Ski Championships in St. Moritz following his victory at the Australian Open. Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The Swiss tennis legend isn't the only celebrity to have been slopeside during the tour. Former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone was in Kitzbuehel, Austria, where he spoke to CNN. JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway flies high in St. Moritz. The Swiss resort is characterized by its wealthy clientele and treacherous start gate. Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
France's Alexis Pinturault throws himself over the finish line in St. Moritz. He overtook Jean-Claude Killy's national record of World Cup wins in January. DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest names in skiing, had had a tumultuous season after breaking her arm in November. She has made an impressive return, claiming the 77th World Cup win of her career in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Here, Vonn poses with the two Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games mascots ahead of the tour visiting Jeongseon, South Korea. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Jasmine Flury of Switzerland is momentarily air-bound at Jeongseon, where she finished 21st. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Spectacular sunsets were seen in Levi when the Lapland resort hosted the tour in November. Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Low clouds produced a stunning skyline on the mountain top. Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Dominik Paris of Italy is pictured on his way to victory in the men's downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Off the slopes, Kitzbuehel has a reputation for its large crowds and party atmosphere. ROBERT JAEGER/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
France's Tessa Worley competes in the first run of January's giant slalom race in Maribor, Slovenia. JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
An emotional Tina Maze bid goodbye to professional skiing in October. The Slovenian, who won two Olympic golds, four world championship titles and the 2013 overall World Cup crown, spoke to CNN about retirement. HANS KLAUS TECHT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images