Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won her fifth...

Vreni Schneider of Switzerland won her fifth World Cup race of the season and became a clear favorite to dominate the World Alpine Skiing Championships at Vail, Colo., in 25 days.

While Schneider won a women’s slalom at Maribor, Yugoslavia, her third slalom victory of the season, and appears in top form for Vail, Jan. 29-Feb. 12, American Tamara McKinney was third and also could be a factor in the championships.

Patricia Chauvet of France led after the first of two slalom runs but skied off the course in the second run.


Schneider’s winning time was 1:22.65. Placing second in dense fog was Austrian Monika Maierhofer in 1:23.81. McKinney was third in 1:24.14.

Schneider’s domination is reflected in the World Cup standings. Overall, she leads Austrian Ulrike Maier, 157-74. In the slalom, Schneider leads with 75 points, followed by Maierhofer with 32.