Austrian skier Benjamin Raich has resumed training six months after left knee surgery following a crash during the world championships in Germany.

The 33-year-old Raich was back on skis for the first time Wednesday for a practice session at the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria.

Raich said earlier he was hoping to start at the season-opening giant slalom race at the same course on Oct. 23.

The 2007 overall World Cup champion, who has won 35 World Cup races, tore ligaments and damaged his cartilage and meniscus during the first run of the parallel slalom team event at the worlds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February.