Vincent Kriechmayr took the first men's victory in the FIS World Cup Season Final today in Soldeu ©Getty Images

World champions Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria and Slovenian Ilka Štuhec have secured the first wins of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) World Cup Season Final in Soldeu.

The pair prevailed in the downhill contests in the men's and women's divisions, respectively, in the Andorran resort.

Kriechmayr posted a leading time of 1min 26.59sec to take the men's title, just 0.7sec ahead of Germany's Romed Baumann.

Baumann's compatriot Daniel Hemetsberger then made up the top three 0.13 off the pace while Switzerland's Marco Odermatt, who has already won the Crystal Globe, finished back in 15th.

"It was not so easy, it was more bumpy than yesterday," Kriechmayr said.

"I tried my best, I was pushing from the first gate to the finish.

"It is a short downhill, but I'm happy with my skiing, it was a good race.

"This is my best season so far in downhill, and I will work hard in the summer to close the gap with Odi [Odermatt] and [Aleksander Aamodt Kilde].

"They are always super strong, fantastic skiers, but I will keep pushing."

Just 12 months ago Štuhec was on the verge of leaving the sport but today she took her first win of the season win 1:30.35.

The 32-year-old claimed a narrow win against Olympic champion Sofia Goggia of Italy with 0.51sec separating the two.

Despite finishing second in the race, Goggia claimed the downhill Crystal Globe.

Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland managed to beat Goggia's countrywoman Federica Brignone to the bronze medal by 0.15sec, clocking in after 1:31.16.

"It means really a lot actually because this time last year I was thinking, should I continue?," Štuhec said.

"Should I quit?

"What should I do with my life?

"Then I listened to my guts and I was like OK, I will change things and I will go on because I still had a feeling I could do it and now everyone knows (I can)."

Competition is set to continue tomorrow in Soldeu with the men's and women's super-G events.