At Shigakogen, the high winds that forced the cancellation of Friday's giant slalom calmed down somewhat, but fresh snow came into play, causing course workers to be out most of the night to ready the track for Saturday's slalom.

“They worked really hard on the course so we had a really good track. I had a really good run in the first run, but made two really big mistakes and ended up 25th after the first,” said Grandi, who added the 25th-place finish was decent considering those two mistakes.

The wind and snow picked up just in time for the second run to begin. According to Grandi, “you couldn't see much” but that didn't stop him from having a solid run that helped him move into 15th position with a total time of one minute, 43.73.

“It was important to get a race off here after the GS was cancelled. We've all been sitting in a hotel for a week,” said Grandi. “It was important for me heading to Norway to qualify for the Finals in the two events and solidifying my position in the top-20 in both events.”

After Saturday's slalom, Grandi sits 16th in the slalom, and 18th in the giant slalom in those disciplines' overall standings. Only athletes ranked in the top 25 in each discipline qualifies to compete at the World Cup Finals held in Lillehammer, Norway, this week.

Two men stood on the top step of the podium following Saturday's race. Finland's Kalle Palander recorded his fourth first-place finish of the season, finishing in a total time of 1:41.14