St. Moritz scrapped; FIS looks to Aspen |

St. Moritz scrapped; FIS looks to Aspen

Ian Cropp

ASPEN – The women’s World Cup races scheduled for Dec. 9-10 in St. Moritz, Switzerland, were cancelled Saturday due to a lack of snow and warm conditions. FIS women’s alpine director Atle Skaardal said that FIS is looking to reschedule what would have been a downhill and super combined in St. Moritz as super combined in Aspen.”We’re still working very hard together with (the United States Ski Association), media partners, and Aspen to find a solution here for a super combined next week after Lake Louise, (Alberta).” Next weekend, the women have two downhill races and a super-G in Lake Louise. Because the technical racers would leave Aspen today after the slalom race, Skaardal still needs to determine how the schedule would work to a fit all of the racers travel plans. Skaardal said they will try and sort out the issue by tonight.There is no plan to race a makeup downhill at Beaver Creek, which had been considered earlier, or in Aspen.Jeff Hanle, chief of press for the Aspen Winternational, was very open to the idea of hosting the St. Moritz super combined. “The process for the next 12 days would be horrible, but the end result would be great,” Hanle said. “There’s still the potential that none of the business dealings work out. It’s going to take a huge community commitment – the lodging, the food and all the community sponsors.”

Warm conditions are in the forecast for the next few days in Val d’Isere, France, where the men are schedule to race two downhill races and a super combined a week after Birds of Prey.Skaardal said that a decision will be made Wednesday by the men’s FIS alpine director Gunter Hujara concerning the possible cancellation in Val d’Isere. Beaver Creek has been considered a site for makeup races for Val d’Isere.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at or 970-748-2935.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO

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