WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
al•pin•ist  (alpə nist), 
n. (often cap.)
  1. Sporta mountain climber, esp. in the Alps.
  1. Sporta downhill skier, esp. one engaging in competitive slalom and downhill events.
  • French alpiniste. See Alpine, -ist
  • 1880–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

alpinist /ˈælpɪnɪst/ n
  1. a mountaineer who climbs in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps

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