BEAVER CREEK — Calgary, we have a problem.
Tuesday’s Birds of Prey men’s downhill training run has been canceled because not all the teams scheduled to participate in this week’s racing have arrived in Beaver Creek, according to John Dakin, the chief of press for the event.
The men’s World Cup, as it tradition, starts its North American swing in Lake Louise, Alberta, with a downhill and a super-G. Those events were Saturday and Sunday, respectively. But a blizzard has all but shutdown more than 80 flights in and out of Calgary, Alberta on Monday, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Dakin said in an email sent out Monday evening that there would be a team captains meeting today at 5 p.m. at Ford Hall at Beaver Creek.
Presumably, the men will try to have a training run on Wednesday, but Mother Nature may have other plans. In news that has local skiers and snowboarders salivating, Winter Storm Cleon, which is pounding Alberta, is moving this way. Weather.com is forecasting 1-2 feet of snow for the Central Rockies, especially in higher elevations, from today into Wednesday.
While snow is generally good for this part of the state, it is not good news for ski racing. First, the International Federation of Ski Racing (FIS) requires one day of training at a site for a downhill to be held. Second, for a training run to be held, racers need visibility and a course clear of loose snow.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter-storm warning for the area from today at 9 a.m. to Wednesday at 6 p.m. Weather.com is forecasting 3-5 inches for Tuesday and 5-8 for Wednesday in Avon, which likely means higher totals at Beaver Creek.
The forecast looks better later in the week for ski racing. Thursday’s projection is snow showers and cold temperatures, so that could be a day for training, if the Birds of Prey racecourse can be cleared.
Birds of Prey 2013 features a super-G on Friday and a downhill on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. and a giant slalom on Sunday with runs at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
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