JUNE MOUNTAIN, Calif. — High, sustained winds of 60 miles per hour forced officials to postpone the giant slalom competition at the X-NIX U.S. Snowboard Championships on Thursday.

Race organizers were able to stage the first run of competition for both men and women, but were forced to postpone the second run due to high winds, which at times gusted up to 72 MPH. The giant slalom second run will be held Friday morning, with women running at 9:00 am Pacific Standard Time and men running at 9:45. The women’s halfpipe competition, originally scheduled for Friday, will begin at 1:00 pm Friday.

After the first run of giant slalom, Mike Kildevaeld of Denmark leads the men’s field, while Sondra Van Ert (Ketchum, ID) is the first-run women’s leader. Van Ert had an extraordinary first run, placing her in tenth-place within the men’s field.