The 8th World Cup season began in December 1973 and concluded in March 1974. Piero Gros of Italy won the overall title, denying the runner-up, countryman Gustav Thöni, a fourth straight overall title. Annemarie Pröll of Austria won the women's overall title, her fourth of five consecutive.
The Men's Overall World Cup 1973/74 was divided into three periods. From the first 6 races the best 4 results count, from the next 10 races (Race No 7 to No 16) the best 6 results count and from the last 5 races the best 3 results count. Four racers had a point deduction.
In Women's Downhill World Cup 1973/74 all 5 results count. No racer had a point deduction. After her 8 victories of the previous season Annemarie Pröll reached a total of 11 downhill victories in a row, still records for female single discipline serial winner and downhill serial winner (Ingemar Stenmark later won 14 giant slaloms in a row).
In Women's Giant Slalom World Cup 1973/74 the best 5 results count. One racer had a point deduction, which is given in (). Hanni Wenzel won the cup with only four results. In 6 races there were 5 different winners.
In Women's Slalom World Cup 1973/74 the best 5 results count. One racer a had point deduction, which is given in (). Christa Zechmeister won four races in a row. All 6 races were won by athletes from West Germany!