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Heavy Snowfall Wreaks Havoc Across Europe

By Megan Harrod
December, 6 2020
St. Moritz Cancellation
Heavy snowfall across Europe has forced the cancellation of the FIS Ski World Cup at St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Christophe Pallot - Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Winter has arrived in Europe...which is great because it's a snowy, winter wonderland—but also presents a challenge to FIS Ski World Cup organizers attempting to get safe and fair races off. 

After about 50 cm (19.6 inches) of snow fell on Friday into Saturday, Saturday's first of two super-G races were cancelled at St. Moritz, Switzerland. As the snow continued to fall Saturday in St. Moritz, the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF of Davos elevated the Engadine region of Switzerland to the high danger of avalanches. Due to the high level of danger, St. Moritz ski area decided to close the access and therefore cancel Sunday's super-G as well. 

Over in Santa Caterina, Italy, the men were able to hold a successful giant slalom race on Saturday despite nearly 40 cm (15.7 inches) of fresh snow that fell at the venue, though as snow continued to fall on Saturday into Sunday, it was decided by all stakeholders that the second of two giant slalom races scheduled for Sunday would be postponed until Monday, Dec. 7. 

The International Ski Federation (FIS) will announce any replacement competitions and venues as they are confirmed.

*All times EST

Sunday, Dec. 6
4:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom - Re-Air Nov. 21, Levi, FIN, Broadcast NBC

Monday, Dec. 7
4:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men's giant slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Santa Caterina, ITA, Streaming Peacock
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's giant slalom - LIVE, Santa Caterina, ITA, Broadcast Olympic Channel
7:00 a.m. FIS Alpine Ski World Cup men's giant slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Santa Caterina, ITA, Streaming Peacock