The organisers in Crans-Montana haven’t exactly been spoiled by Mother Nature. As if the considerable additional organisation efforts due to the Covid-19 protective measures were not enough, some 60 centimetres of fresh snow fell this Wednesday, covering the Mont Lachaux piste with a thick layer of powder. Perfectly prepared before this episode, the course must now be repaired for the two Women’s European Cup races this weekend. Race director Markus Murmann and piste director Patrice Morisod, the heads of each sector and their teams have been called upon to work pretty much 24 hours a day.
The good news is that the soldiers of the 14th Carabiniers Battalion –from the canton of Geneva unit, have come to lend a hand to the teams in place with a contingent of 170 men, 120 of them on the piste. In addition, some thirty members of the civil defence forces, and the volunteers, have arrived in time. In any case, there is no other way to deal with the snow, which is welcome in itself, but has come at the worst moment. The three additional state-of-the-art Kässbohrer snow groomers, which are being used as well as the CMA ski lift company’s machines, are proving extremely useful for clearing the piste.
Despite the Herculean task that is being carried out at the moment, it was not possible on Wednesday evening to assess how the training and races will proceed. The jury will meet on Thursday morning, and will decide together with the organisers about the next stages of the programme.
From Thursday 14 January, see all the news concerning the Women's European Cup events in Crans-Montana, on /en/european-cup/sidebar/news/
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