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Weather postpones Aspen downhill

Ian CroppVail, CO Colorado
WWC Aspen Snow1 SM 12-7-07
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ASPEN – Anyone involved with the Birds of Prey World Cup races knows that if you want it to snow, you just have to schedule a downhill race. Now, the Aspen Winternational World Cup crew knows this adage to be true. Friday’s Women’s World Cup downhill race in Aspen was postponed to today because of heavy snow and poor weather conditions. The super-G race originally slated for today has been scrapped. Organizers are hoping to have the course ready for today’s 10:45 a.m. start even with more snow in the forecast.”The best chance for (today) is to try to keep the downhill based on the track we had before the storm moved in,” said Jan Tischhauser, an official with the International Ski Federation. A storm that started Thursday night dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of the course in less than 24 hours. Race crews worked from 2 to 5 a.m. Friday morning clearing the pitch but had to stop to let the course set. “The bad luck was that between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., we got at the top – no exaggeration – a foot of snow,” Tischhauser said. “With the snow falling all morning and afternoon, there was nothing we could do in regards to the race. There was not one moment it didn’t snow.” Crews took down nets on the side of the course in order to better remove all the snow.Regardless of what happens with today’s downhill, a slalom race is slated for Sunday.Many World Cup racers used the day off to ski some powder on Aspen Mountain. Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at icropp@vaildaily.com or 784-9368.


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