Men's Giant Slalom race action got underway Wednesday as spring conditions continued at Nakiska in Alberta.

BC Ski Team's Scott Hume of Whistler stood on the second podium step, while team-mates Graham Kraft of Vernon and Dustin Fraser of Mt. Washington grabbed 5th and 9th spots respectively. Sean Cochrane of Prince George was a mere one hundredth of a second from a podium finish, settling for 4th.

The National Development Team's John Kucera of Calgary won Wednesday's GS by nearly two seconds.

“My first run was really solid, but my second run felt kind of grindy,” Kucera said after winning both runs. “The course got rougher for the second run, but it worked out well.” He went on to thank Nakiska and the course workers for the excellent snow conditions in spite of the warm weather: “The snow is good, this is the best conditions for Spring Series that I can remember.”

In second place was Scott Hume of Whistler and the BC Ski Team. Hume said that his run was “alright”, commenting that spring series for him was a time to have fun and relax while getting in a few more days of racing. “I had a good season,” Hume said, “things picked up a bit at the end of the year.”

Paul Stutz, who won the past two days of slalom racing was not totally happy with his third place finish. “It wasn't great