Squaw Valley, Calif. March 12, 2002 (USSA)--Warm temperatures and soft snow conditions have forced officials of the 2002 Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships to cancel the men's and women's downhills which had been set for Thursday at Squaw Valley according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). The rest of the schedule remains unchanged, with the U.S. super G races set to open the Championships on Friday.
USSA Vice President of Events Annette Royle said the race jury was concerned about how recent snow and warm temperatures have affected the race course at Squaw Valley. While recreational skiing is very good at Squaw Valley, downhill race courses require a much more solid racing base. The downhills will not be rescheduled.
Local weather is calling for snow on Thursday.
"There's no question racer safety is the most important issue and with the speed skiers generate in downhill, we have to be even more cautious," said Royle.
The championships will open with super G racing for men and women on Friday and the Chevy Truck Return of the Champions on Saturday, where past ski team stars including most of the 1960 Olympic Team will compete head-to-head against current stars. The Championships move to nearby Sugar Bowl Sunday for men's and women's slaloms, before returning to Squaw Valley Monday and Tuesday for the giant slalom races.