Season opener in doubt

Tue, 08 Nov 06:23:00 2011

The first cross-country World Cup race of the season is in doubt due to unseasonably warm weather in Beitostoelen, Norway.

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The lack of snow has led to the possibility the event may be moved to the traditional biathlon venue of Ostersund, although the Swedish town is also suffering from the same warm climes.

"If (the World Cup) is cancelled at Beitostoelen, the FIS will have to look at other arrangements," Vidar Loefshus, a top official of the national cross-country ski team, told Aftenposten.

"But there are no alternatives, there’s no snow anywhere."

Ostersund does, however, boast a reserve of snow saved from last year and stored in warehouses that could facilitate a shift of venue.

The Alpine ski World Cup races scheduled for Levi, Finland, were cancelled last week and moved to Flachau in Austria.

Temperatures across Northern Europe have been so high that it is even too warm to make artificial snow for use in cannon.

Eurosport

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