Anchorage skier Kieffer Christianson collected his first career victory in a Nor-Am race, skiing to first place in the men's giant slalom Thursday in Vail, Colo.
Christianson, a 20-year-old who is a member of the U.S. Ski Team development team, put down a sizzling first run that allowed him to hold off a number of challengers in the second run.
He won the first run in 1 minute, 2.43 seconds, one-hundredth of a second faster than Norway's Nikolai Narvestad and nearly a second faster than everyone else.
Eight skiers had better times than both Christianson and Narvestad in the second run, but none were fast enough to close the gap. Christianson triumphed with a two-run time of 2:05.61, one-tenth of a second faster than silver medalist Narvestad. Nicholas Krause of the United States was third in 2:05.96.
Stassel 2nd in big air
Competing on an 85-foot jump, Girdwood's Ryan Stassel captured second place in snowboard big air Wednesday at the Paul Mitchell Progression in Park City, Utah.
The competition at 3 Kings Park was part of this week's U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe. The big air wasn't an FIS event, but it featured some of the sport's top young snowboarders.
Taking gold was Kyle Mack with 95 points. Stassel, a 20-year-old who trains in Truckee, Calif., was second with 92 and Mark Hoyt took bronze with 91.