Levi slaloms cancelled
Next weekend's World Cup slalom races scheduled to be held in Levi in Finland have been cancelled due to a lack of snow.
"The decision was clear in the end, since there was no snow on the race hill on the day of the snow control and the forecast didn’t promise a significant cold front. We can’t postpone the races by a week, since the speed events in Lake Louise would be too close in the calendar,2 said general secretary of the organising committee Mikko Saarinen.
October was the eighth month in a row when the mean temperature in Finland was above the long term average.
"The situation was looking promising until last Friday, when the forecast changed. Even with the highly efficient snow-making installations, we simply had no chance when it’s not cold enough," added Hans Pieren, the designated snow controller and FIS race director for the men’s technical events.
The International Ski Federation is currently evaluating options for rescheduling the slalom events.
"It has been extraordinarily warm in the whole of Europe for this time of the year. We highly value the efforts put in by the experienced Levi team for this year’s competition and already look forward to returning to Finnish Lapland in November 2012," commented Günter Hujara, FIS chief race director for men.