The two Alpine skiing World Cup races scheduled for Sunday, the men's slalom in Val d'Isere and the women's super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, have been cancelled due to poor weather conditions overnight, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said.
Due to the current conditions on the track after the rain and snowfall of the night and to ensure the safety and fairness of the riders, the jury has decided to cancel the slalom scheduled for today," a FIS spokeswoman said on Telegram on Sunday morning.
A few minutes later, the FIS also announced the cancellation of the women's super-G in St. Moritz "due to a drastic change in the condition of the track" and "to ensure the safety of the athletes".
Really disappointed, we're a bit incomprehensible," said French Olympic champion Clément Noël at home in Val d'Isère. "It's a shame, I felt good and I wanted to race in front of the French public."
The Alpine Skiing World Cup continues its disastrous start to the season, especially for the men, who see a seventh race cancelled out of nine initially scheduled. The women have so far been a little luckier in terms of weather with only three races cancelled out of nine contested.
At the end of October, the men's giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, had to be cancelled due to wind. Then came the men's and women's downhill races in Zermatt, Switzerland, and the men's races in Beaver Creek, USA, which could not take place due to bad weather conditions.
It's very frustrating not to race, for all the work it represents in terms of organisation," said Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet. "Maybe we'll have to find ways forward because it's been a lot of times that there's been a lot of effort to not put on a show at the end."
In fact, the men were only able to ski one slalom in Gurgl, Austria in mid-November and a giant slalom in Val d'Isère on Saturday. The pure speed specialists have not yet been able to put on a bib.
These multiple cancellations are a headache for the FIS, which is struggling to reschedule the races in an already very busy calendar.
While one men's giant slalom and one downhill have been rescheduled, the other five cancelled men's races (three downhills, one super-G and Sunday's slalom) and the three women's races (two downhill, one super-G) are not yet certain to be rescheduled.
The men's World Cup continues Thursday in Val Gardena, Italy, while the women travel to Val d'Isère on Saturday.