Poor weather scuppers alpine ski World Cup events

Alpine ski World Cup events in Germany and Slovenia were called off Sunday because of the poor course conditions at the two venues.

The men's giant slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany was scrapped after the race jury ruled conditions were not suitable following a long period of sleet.

In Maribor, Slovenia, the women's slalom began but was abandoned after 25 starters on the first of the two planned runs.

The course was already soft following high temperatures but the surface began to break up as rain fell. The results will not count.

In Garmish-Partenkirchen, international ski federation (FIS) race director Markus Waldner said: "There is nothing you can do against nature - unfortunately a little too often this season.

"We tried everything. This morning at 5 am the piste was OK, but now as a result of the fog and the wet snow it has gone the other way... safety could no longer be guaranteed."

Waldner said thought would be given to holding the race at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia in the first March week.

A men's downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Saturday was won by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway.

The men's World Cup season continues next weekend with downhill and super-g races at Jeongseon, South Korea, the venue for alpine ski speed events at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The women's World Cup is scheduled to continue next weekend at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

On Saturday, FIS said the men's slalom cancelled in Levi, Finland in November will not be rescheduled.

Last update: Sun, 31/01/2016 - 13:46

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