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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