Alpine Skiing at the 1948 Winter Olympics

Dates 2 – 5 February 1948
Medal Events 6

The format was changed slightly from 1936, with the addition of a downhill and a slalom event for men and women. Combined competitions were held again, as in 1936. The downhill events were held at the Corviglia-Piz Nair ski area above St. Moritz. The slalom events were held at Suvretta, above and to the west of St. Moritz. Because of World War II these were the first full international championships since the 1939 World Championships. The combined events consisted of a special slalom competition that followed the open downhill, which was used for the combined event as well. The combined would be discontinued at the Winter Olympics after 1948, although it would continue to be contested at the World Championships, and it would return to the Olympics in 1988.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Downhill, Men Olympic 2 February 1948 111 25
Slalom, Men Olympic 5 February 1948 77 22
Combined, Men Olympic 2 – 4 February 1948 78 24
Downhill, Women Olympic 2 February 1948 37 11
Slalom, Women Olympic 5 February 1948 28 10
Combined, Women Olympic 2 – 4 February 1948 28 10
166 (126/40) 25 (25/11)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Downhill, Men Henri OreillerFRA Franz GablAUT Karl Molitor
Ralph Olinger
Slalom, Men Edy ReinalterSUI James CouttetFRA Henri OreillerFRA
Combined, Men Henri OreillerFRA Karl MolitorSUI James CouttetFRA
Downhill, Women Hedy SchluneggerSUI Trude BeiserAUT Resi HammererAUT
Slalom, Women Gretchen FraserUSA Antoinette MeyerSUI Erika MahringerAUT
Combined, Women Trude BeiserAUT Gretchen FraserUSA Erika MahringerAUT

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Switzerland SUI 2 2 2 6
France FRA 2 1 2 5
Austria AUT 1 2 3 6
United States USA 1 1 0 2