Snowbasin, UT, Jan. 27--Despite the fact that all of Utah's ski resorts areopen and operating at nearly full capacity, International Ski Federation(FIS) officials Wednesday opted to move February World Cup alpine skievents. While the Snowbasin Ski Area near Ogden is open for recreationalskiing, warm temperatures have precluded organizers from developing thehard-packed, man-made snow surface required for World Cup downhill andsuper G races. The FIS is expected to reschedule the World Cup events inEurope.
FIS officials made the decision Wednesday, after a course inspection onthe required 10 days prior to the first day of training for a World Cupcompetition.
The move will impact the scheduled Feb. 10-12 women's World Cupdownhill and super G at Snowbasin. The decision will also effect thescheduled Feb. 6 women's World Cup slalom at Deer Valley, even thoughthe popular resort is fully-prepared and operating at nearly fullcapacity. The Snowbasin and Deer Valley races were part of a 'alpinecombined' race package on the World Cup calendar. Deer Valleysuccessfully played host to a World Cup freestyle event earlier inJanuary.
"It's a disappointment for us because skiing is great here in Utah rightnow," said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President ofAthletics Alan Ashley. "But the level of preparation required for aWorld Cup downhill is significant. Despite a lot of hard work byeveryone involved, Snowbasin has not been able to make the level ofman-made snow necessary to prepare a World Cup race course over the pastfew weeks."
USSA is continuing with its plans to hold its elite-level internationalSuper Series events at both Deer Valley and Park City Mountain ResortFeb. 7-10. Both resorts are fully-prepared for the events, which willdetermine the women's champions for the series.
Officials also stated that they plan to hold the men's Super Seriesfinals on the Snowbasin downhill course Feb. 25-27. USSA and Snowbasinofficials will continue to work on that course to be sure it's properlyprepared for the race.