Alpine Ski World Cup speedsters still have to wait for the first race of the season. The Beaver Creek departure was canceled Friday after being delayed nearly two hours. The ideal line was shoveled after an overnight snowfall in Colorado, but around 12:30 local time, heavy snowfall resumed on “Birds of Prey” and fog blurred visibility.
“In the reserve start you can’t even see the next gate,” explained world association ORF race director Markus Waldner. “They worked well, they tried everything, but the snow didn’t stop.” Those responsible tried to postpone the race by 2.15 hours and shorten the route, but to no avail.
The fact that the fall locations were sometimes not clear played a role in the decision. “A lot of people make driving mistakes there. If you deviate from the ideal line, you’ll flip over and tear your legs off,” Waldner summed up: “It’s very dangerous.”
The men’s World Cup is still not under a good star. Of the first five races, only the Gurgl slalom could be completed as planned. The first two speed races in Zermatt/Cervinia also failed to take place. A triple at Beaver Creek could be scheduled, but there’s still hope for a downhill run on Saturday and a Super-G on Sunday (both at 6:45 p.m./ORF 1). The FIS race director was not overly optimistic. Strong winds were waiting. “We must continue to fight. Nature was stronger today.”
The Canadian Ski Association had the good news of the day after Broderick Thompson took a bad fall during practice on Wednesday. “He is conscious and his condition is stable,” the statement said. Thompson was removed for compression after the “Golden Eagle” jump and suffered serious head trauma.