Nolan Kasper of the United States lost a pole when he tried to clean his goggles during the final part of his run. He still completed the final gates and came 3.34 seconds behind in 25th place.
"It's definitely tough, it's one or two gates in a row that get a lot of splashback," Kasper said. "It's not the snow falling, it's the snow from the gate. That's why I tried to wipe my goggles and dropped my pole. I am probably not going to do that next run."
The second run will be held under floodlights later Friday.