Crans-Montana did not have the chance to host the ladies world Cup this weekend. Saturday in addition to Sunday, the abundant snowfall did not allow the organisers to sufficiently prepare the slope to be safe for the lady skiers.
In any case, great efforts were made, 200 people and five snow tractors worked on the path of the Mont-Lachaux. "In certain sectors, the slope was perfect. However, other parts were problematic, the fresh snow did not become hard enough", explained Marius Robyr, president of the organising committee, reminding us that more than two meters of snow had fallen on the slope since the beginning of the week.
The decision, taken on Sunday at 11:30am, was taken unanimously by the members of the jury of the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS) and the trainers. A decision also saluted by the athletes. "It is really a pity to cancel, but I am in agreement with the FIS. It was not safe enough to ski", reacted, for example, Lindsey Vonn, the number one Downhill skier.
"The deception is enormous, but it was not possible to play with the safety of the athletes", added Marius Robyr. "We did everything we could and we have no regrets. We received congratulations from the FIS for the work we have done", he added.
Cancelled a first time on Saturday, the downhill was postponed to Sunday in the place of the Alpine combined. Because of this, neither of the two races that were programmed for this weekend could take place, that should generate a loss of 400,000 francs, estimated Marius Robyr. "In any case we have a good insurance policy and I think that we will be able to meet our costs", he said.
Confident for the slalom
Fortunately, for the resort of the Haut-Plateau, there is a slalom race programmed for Monday (10:00am/1:00pm). A slalom race that had been cancelled on 31 January in Maribor, before being hosted by Crans-Montana. The preparation of the slalom slope has fewer constraints than the downhill, a certain optminism is present, even if the weather forecasts are not wonderful for Monday.
In order to put all chances on their side, the organisers will prepare two slalom paths: the first one will be watered down to harden the snow, and the second one will be left to react to the humidity.
As a final note, the downhill that was cancelled in Crans-Montana could be re-programmed for next week in La Thuile in Italy. For the combined Alpine race, the FIS has already announced that it would not be made-up for this winter.
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