A mix of heavy snow and fog canceled both the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races in St. Moritz and Kranjska Gora Saturday (credit: FIS)
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 1) - Heavy snow over the past 36 hours mixed with fog during the day Saturday canceled both the men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in St. Moritz and the women's giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Nearly two feet of snow fell at both venues Friday forcing organizers to pull the final men's downhill training run and the women's free ski. The snow subsided Saturday, but wamer temperatures moved in creating variable snow and visibility. A men's giant slalom is slated for St. Moritz Sunday with a women's slalom in Kranjska Gora. They are the final World Cup competitions before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games open Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia.
Snow and fog across Europe canceled the men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in St. Moritz, Switzerland and the women's giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
Nearly two feet of snow fell Friday forcing the juries to pull the final men's downhill training run and the women's free ski.
Warm temperatures moved in Saturday which ushered in variable snow and visibility for unsafe race conditions.
It would have been the final men's downhill and women's giant slalom prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games opening Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia.
The men's race was originally scheduled for Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany but was moved to St. Mortiz due to lack of snow.
Similarly, the women's race was planned for Maribor, Slovenia, but moved to Kranjska Gora due to warm temperatures in Maribor.
A men's giant slalom is slated for Sunday in St. Moritz with a women's slalom in Kranjska Gora.
Reigning World Champions Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) are scheduled to compete for the U.S. Ski Team.
QUOTES Guenther Hujara, Chief Race Director, Men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Tour We have tried everything we possibly could to get this race to happen, but it's just not safe with the visibility conditions continuously changing. Unfortnately we had to cancel today's downhill.
Atle Skaardal, Chief Race Director, Women's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Tour The race line was quite good but we had a lot of loose snow on the outside. And then in connection with the freezing rain and the bad visibility, the complete situation was not acceptable. I am convinced it was the right decision. The organizing committee has done a tremendous job over the last days and hours to even bring us to the position to consider to start a race.