Defending overall World Cup champion Tina Maze of Slovenia has been voted skier of the year by journalists.

The international association of ski journalists chose the 30-year-old Maze for the Skieur d'Or - Serge Lang Trophy, its annual award named for the founder of Alpine skiing's World Cup in the 1960s.

Maze earned her first overall title last season, winning 11 races and gathering a record point total of 2,414. She won the crystal globes for best super-G and giant slalom skier and added a gold medal in super-G at the world championships in Schladming, Austria.

Maze became the 14th female winner of the award and the first since American standout Lindsey Vonn in 2009. Men's overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria picked up the trophy last year.