Pirmin Zurbriggen of Switzerland fought down a slippery, mist-shrouded ski course, nearly falling at the bottom, to capture a men's World Cup giant slalom Tuesday for his second victory of the season and the 33rd of his career.

Rudolf Nierlich of Austria posted the fastest time on the afternoon run but failed by 16-hundredths of a second to catch Zurbriggen and had to settle for second place. His compatriot, Hans Enn, was third.Zurbriggen, who won a super-giant slalom Sunday in Schladming, Austria, to open the men's World Cup season, had a combined time of two minutes, 09.32 seconds for Tuesday's two runs.

The Swiss superstar won two medals at the Calgary Olympics.