Five years after his first World Cup podium on the same course, Italian Dominik Paris mastered tricky conditions at the French Alpine resort of Chamonix to win a men's World Cup downhill race ahead of American veteran Steven Nyman on Saturday.

Paris finished second in Friday's Alpine combined race and carried that form over into the downhill, flying through the fog and heavy snowfall on the soft and powdery La Verte des Houches course for a fifth career win and 13th podium.

His first podium came here when he was an up-and-coming skier, placing second place behind Swiss skier Didier Cuche in 2011.

"It's been a good course for me. I was very precise and very aggressive," the 26-year-old Paris said through a translator. "I was a bit surprised, because even though I was confident after yesterday it was still a very difficult course. So you're never sure of yourself."

The Italian clocked one minute, 58.38 seconds to finish .35 clear of Nyman and .39 ahead of Swiss racer Beat Feuz, who secured his 20th podium.

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Italy's Dominik Paris celebrates in the finish area after winning a men's downhill race, in Chamonix, France, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Giovanni Auletta/The Associated Press)

Vancouver's Manuel Osborne-Paradis was seventh and Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was eighth.