Giacomo Bertagnolli won gold on home snow on day one ©Getty Images

Italy's double Paralympic gold medallist Giacomo Bertagnolli tasted home victory on day one of the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Prato Nevoso.

The event is the second stop of the World Cup season, with three consecutive days of slalom racing.

Bertagnolli, the slalom and giant slalom winner at Pyeongchang 2018 who is also a World Championship gold medallist, won the men's visually impaired category in 1min 33.23sec after his two runs.

It was an early birthday present for the home favourite, who turns 21 on Saturday (January 18).

Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia was second in 1:39.23, with Patrick Jensen of Australia third in 1:53.61.

Finland's Santeri Kiiveri won the men's standing class, clocking 1:39.51.

Silver went to Nico Pajantschitsch of Austria in 1:43.59, as Russia's Alexander Alyabyev finished in 1:43.60 for bronze.

Jesper Pedersen of Norway won the men's sitting, ending both runs in 1:35.71.

Dutchman Jeroen Kampschreur was the silver medallist in 1:35.76, as Japan's Takeshi Suzuki took bronze in 1:37.6.

Santeri Kiiveri won the men's standing class ©Getty Images
Santeri Kiiveri won the men's standing class ©Getty Images

China won a pair of titles in the women's races.

Mengqiu Zhang won the standing class in a time of 1:47.46, with Germany's Anna-Maria Rieder second in 1:50.10.

Varvara Voronchikhina of Russia was the bronze medallist (1:52.19).

Sitong Liu was the second Chinese winner in the sitting class, timing in at 1:57.33.

Yoshiko Tanaka of Japan won silver in 2:07.08 and Dutch skier Barbara van Bergen took bronze in 2:09.57.

In the women's visually impaired, Veronika Aigner of Austria crossed the line in 1:35.14 for gold.

Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick came second (1:48.41) and Noemi Ewa Ristau of Germany took bronze (1:48.53).