The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

Lack of snow in France moves World Cup races to

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VAL D’ISERE, FRANCE » Two men’s World Cup races sched­uled in France next week were switched to Italy on Thurs­day be­cause of a lack of snow.

The In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion said Val d’Isere could not stage gi­ant slaloms on Dec. 5- 6 which now go to Santa Ca­te­rina Val­furva.

The can­celed races were due to open three straight week­ends of World Cup races at Val d’Isere in a re­drafted pro­gram that skips North Amer­ica dur­ing travel re­stric­tions in the coro­n­avirus pandemic.

Un­til the global health cri­sis, the men’s cir­cuit was to spend the first week­end in De­cem­ber rac­ing at Beaver Creek, Colorado, be­fore re­turn­ing to Europe.

Val d’Isere is sched­uled to host men’s down­hill and su­per-G races on Dec. 12-13. Three women’s speed races are sched­uled at the French Alps re­sort on Dec. 18-20

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