11th November 2022
It comes as seven out of eight World Cup races of the season have been cancelled due to unfavourable conditions. Warm temperatures have played havoc with the schedule and some question whether the season should start later. NEW
The World Cup Levi opens the Alpine Skiing women’s World Cup season after the races in Soelden, Zermatt and Lech were cancelled.
The courses have been inspected and declared fit for competition.
There are two races next weekend in the resort in Finland on November 19th and 20th.
Almost 60,000 cubic meters of snow was stored on the Levi Black ski slope in the spring and this has now been used to prepare the resort.
“We have seen the organizing committees and the Levi Ski Resort hard work, which they have done on the slope in the last few weeks,” said a statement from the International Ski Federation.
“The slope and the snow are ready for the competition. After two challenging corona years, the event can finally be made a full public event again, where the competitors are also involved in the starting number draw during Friday’s opening ceremony, side events for the public and full grandstands.”
Levi has had an exceptional number of skiers from alpine teams training from the beginning of November.
16 national teams have trained on the Front slope and on the Levi Black race slope, which will be closed for training on Saturday 12th November 2022 for the upcoming race weekend.
Here at PlanetSKI we have been reporting on the cancelled races.
Seven out of eight World Cup alpine ski races have been cancelled with only the men’s GS race on Soelden able to take place:
The cancelations have left some asking if FIS should push the start of the alpine World Cup to later in the season.
After the cancelation of the Zermatt race, FIS race director Markus Waldner said the organisation would discuss the future of holding World Cup events in October and November.
“We absolutely need to review the dates because we need to have more guarantee,” said Waldner.
“We have to observe the nature. We have this climate change, we had a very extremely warm summer, extremely warm autumn, also. These are signals and we need to respect this.”
The next scheduled race for the men is a downhill and two super-Gs in Lake Louise in Canada.
The area has seen heavy autumn snow and the resort opened on November 4th.
There is almost half a metre of snow at the top of the resort.
We have full details in this report:
This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.