Nadia Fanchini speeds down the Lake Louise super-G course en route to winning Sunday's World Cup race. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

Italy's Nadia Fanchini won the season-opening World Cup women's super-G on Sunday in Lake Louise, Alta.

Franchini handled the 2,032-metre course in one minute, 20.97 seconds, giving her a fairly comfortable margin over Switzerland's Fabienne Suter and Austria's Andrea Fischbacher, who tied for second in 1:21.25.

The top Canadian was Emily Brydon of Fernie, B.C., who finished sixth in 1:21.50.

Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, B.C., the first racer down the hill, was seventh in 1:21.55, and Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C., was 12th in 1:21.65.

Montreal's Emily Desforges finished 44th (1:23.55), and 19-year-old development team member Georgia Simmerling was 54th (1:25.82). Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., did not finish.

Canada failed to land a podium spot in Lake Louise, which also hosted the first downhill of the season on Friday. A second downhill scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to heavy snow, and Sunday's race was delayed about 30 minutes while an army of course workers removed the 11 centimetres of snow that fell overnight.

"It's a little disappointing," said Max Gartner, Alpine Canada's chief athletics officer. "We wanted to have a podium here, that was a clear goal.

"On the bright side the girls have shown they are competitive again this year and in the hunt. It's a very encouraging start for the team. I think they are going to go with a positive attitude to the next stop."

Reigning World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn of the U.S., the winner of the downhill opener, was ninth in 1:21.57.

With files from the Canadian Press