A fourth win in five World Cup giant slaloms since October for the 25-year-old Swiss was also his 14th straight podium finish in his standout discipline through the past two seasons. That run includes his gold medal at the Beijing Olympics last February.
Odermatt’s 17th career win in World Cup races was his 11th in giant slalom. It extended the defending champion’s big lead in the overall World Cup standings.
“When it’s a fast course set like this in the second run and Marco is flying like he is at the moment then I know that there is not that much chance,” said Kristoffersen, after his fifth career podium finish in the Adelboden classic without a win. “Still the only one who is somewhat close (to Odermatt) and far ahead of everyone else.”
The home favorite was roared to the finish line by a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000, mostly gathered around the steep final slope of the storied Chuenisbärgli course.
Warm and snow-free winter weather for several weeks in central Europe created conditions that Swiss broadcasters described as “almost a miracle” organizers could stage a race.
Racers skied down a white ribbon of soft, sun-bathed artificial snow lined by lush green fields that are cow pastures in the summer.
The temperature was just above freezing for the first run Saturday morning and rose to about 7 Celsius (45 Fahrenheit) when the second leg started at 1:30 p.m. local time.
The light fades fast at Adelboden because the sun sets behind surrounding hills during the second run, and the first-run leaders waited out a 15-minute stoppage after Victor Muffat-Jeandet crashed.