David Poisson passed away following an accident at the Canadian resort of Nakiska.
Dave Ryding was aiming to become the first British skier to win an alpine skiing World Cup race, but he made a costly mistake.
Petra Vlhova claimed her third FIS World Cup victory in Levi as she edged out defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin by one tenth.
With 100 days to go until the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Dave Ryding is hoping to build on his breakthrough season in 2016-17.
Gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour prevented the elite male slalom racers from getting their seasons under way in Tirol.
Giant slalom champion Tessa Worley had to settle for second in the season-opener in Austria, where Viktoria Rebensburg came out on top.
Former overall champion Lara Gut will join Lindsey Vonn on the startline in Solden this weekend as the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup begins.