Lake Louise to host women’s downhill opener after warm weather wipes out Swiss stop


The begin of alpine’s World Cup downhill season reverts to Lake Louise, Alta., with the cancellation of European races in Zermatt-Cervinia.

Tuesday’s cancellation of the women’s cross-border races scheduled for Nov. 5-6 follows the calling off of males’s downhills scheduled for Friday to Sunday on the similar venue due to “unseasonably warm” circumstances, organizers in Switzerland and Italy introduced.

The subsequent downhill races on the calendar are the lads’s Nov. 25-27 and the women’s Dec. 2-4 in Lake Louise, which has been the standard opener for the velocity season.

The earlier cross-border downhills with the beginning home in Zermatt, Switzerland and the end line in Cervinia, Italy, have been on a slope tabbed to make its World Cup debut this season.

But organizers reported heavy rainfall at altitudes above 3,000 metres and dangerously smooth snow on the decrease part of the course.

“Nature should be revered and accepted,” organizing committee president Franz Julen stated.

The first males’s World Cup in Lake Louise final yr went from a three-race to a one-race weekend.

Heavy, moist snow pressured the cancellation of one in all two downhills in addition to a super-G.


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