Are Men Alpine Skiers faster than Ladies?

The common feeling is that men professional alpine skiers are faster than women professional skiers. Though, it is not easy to prove it. Usually, even the competitions at the same places have different course lengths and poles set for ladies and men’s races. And then there is a weather factor, so there are just a few occasions when we can compare the speed of both genders at the track. Thankfully, we found one and compared the times.

For those who do not like to read many words, here is the answer:

Question: Are Men Alpine Skiers faster than Ladies?

Answer: Men Alpine Skiers are faster on average approximately by a second at 200 meters.

The explanation and reasoning can be found below.

Team Event Parallel – the same conditions for ladies and men.

A team event parallel is a mixed team competition when teams of two ladies and two men are racing on the same track at the same time.

Therefore, it is the right place to compare the speed.

The parallel giant slalom is the shortest alpine skiing discipline with a vertical drop minimum of 50 meters and a length of 160 meters (compared to a vertical drop of 300 – 400 meters of normal Giant Slalom).

The track is the same for all competitors. They are going one after one, so weather conditions are also the same for everyone. That is an ideal situation to put numbers on the table and see what the reality is.

We looked at the team event that took place at FIS Alpine World Championships 2023. Here are all times racers reached in semifinals, small and big finals.

Big FinalSteen Olsen Alexander [Norway]Men21.95
Big FinalRadamus River [USA]Men21.99
Semi FinalRadamus River [USA]Men22.01
Semi FinalRead Erik [Canada]Men22.03
Semi FinalSteen Olsen Alexander [Norway]Men22.03
Semi FinalHaugan Timon [Norway]Men22.10
Semi FinalRaschner Dominik [Austria]Men22.14
Small FinalRead Erik [Canada]Men22.39
Semi FinalBrennsteiner Stefan [Austria]Men22.44
Small FinalRaschner Dominik [Austria]Men22.50
Small FinalBrennsteiner Stefan [Austria]Men22.54
Semi FinalFord Tommy [USA]Men22.59
Semi FinalRead Jeffrey [Canada]Men22.60
Big FinalFord Tommy [USA]Men22.67
Big FinalMoltzan Paula [USA]Ladies22.74
Big FinalStjernsud Thea Louise [Norway]Ladies22.74
Semi FinalStjernsud Thea Louise [Norway]Ladies22.74
Semi FinalMoltzan Paula [USA]Ladies22.78
Semi FinalGrenier Valerie [Canada]Ladies22.83
Small FinalGrenier Valerie [Canada]Ladies22.91
Semi FinalScheib Julia [Austria]Ladies23.09
Big FinalOBrien Nina [USA]Ladies23.14
Big FinalLysdahl Kristin [Norway]Ladies23.27
Semi FinalOBrien Nina [USA]Ladies23.40
Small FinalScheib Julia [Austria]Ladies23.47
Small FinalGritsch Franziska [Austria]Ladies23.47
Small FinalRichardson Britt [Canada]Ladies23.56
Big FinalHaugan Timon [Norway]Men24.17
Semi FinalRichardson Britt [Canada]Ladies24.40
Small FinalRead Jeffrey [Canada]Men25.26
Semi FinalGritsch Franziska [Austria]Ladies27.30impacted by fall of competitor
Semi FinalTviberg Maria Therese [Norway]LadiesDNF

The result is absolutely clear.

Nevertheless, if we make a simple average, then the men’s average time (for the 14 fastest racers*) for this race was 22.28. The ladies’ average time (for the 14 fastest racers*) was 23.18.

*There were 32 racers altogether. However, one of them Tviberg did not finish her semifinal race and Franziska Gritsch’s time was impacted by the Tviberg fall and subsequent crossing of her track. Also, two men: Haugan Timon in the big final and Jeffrey Read in the small final had big technical problems during the race that impacted their time. We skipped the two above-mentioned ladies and men from the average calculation.

The difference is almost one second (0.90) and even the fastest lady was slower than the last men who finished the race without falling.

Of course, this is just a numbers game. It does not mean that ladies’ races are boring and slow. No way, they are just as fun as the men races.

Enjoy the skiing.

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Simon is the leading editor of for almost 3 years. He started skiing in his teens and now he switches from Alpine to Cross-Country Skiing regularly. He tried also snowboard for a few years, but then returned to conventional skiing :) In his free time he follows soccer, tennis and reads a lot of contemporary proses and novels.

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