Zermatt to Cervinia Men’s World Cup Downhills Called Off

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They were to have been the flagship races of the new season and the first between two countries. A lack of snow has caused the cancellation, but the women’s races may yet take place. NEW

It has been an unseasonably warm autumn and there is not enough snow on the lower section of the course.

Warm temperatures meant not enough snow could be made.

The International Ski and Snowboard Federation said the races for next weekend had to be canceled “due to the lack of snow and the safety situation on last section of the race track” and will not be replaced.

The women are due to race on the same course a week later, and a decision on that event will be made in the next few days.

“Due to the high temperatures the FIS Alpine World Cup Tour has unfortunately been forced to cancel the men’s races scheduled on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October,” said the organisers in a statement.

“However, as the weather forecast for next week calls for temperatures enough to allow for much needed snow, snow check for the women’s race has been moved to Tuesday, October 25.

“The Organizing Committee and both rising plant companies will do everything they can to gain the green light to the organization of the two women’s slopes, scheduled for November 5 and 6.

The 4-kilometer Gran Becca race from Zermatt in Switzerland to Cervinia in Italy was set to become the first cross-border event in Alpine skiing’s World Cup history.

FIS had made much of the new races.

Tope of Klein Matterhorn

Looking from Zermatt into Italy. Image © PlanetSKI.

Organisers are now looking at scheduling next year’s race for later in the season when there is a better chance of snow.

This weekend the women’s GS race in Soelden was called off.

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