Calgary, Alta. (Nov. 16, 2016) – The International Ski Federation (FIS) has cancelled the 2016 men’s Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup after two previously delayed snow control dates. FIS Race Director, Hannes Trinkl and Men’s Chief of Race, Darrell MacLachlan have reviewed all possible scenarios but ultimately determined that weather conditions prevented the ability to prepare the race track to World Cup requirements leaving no other option than to cancel the scheduled Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super-G races.
Each World Cup race undergoes a snow control, facilitated by FIS, to determine whether or not the competition can take place or not. With a tough start to the North American ski season, led by variable temperatures in the Rockies, the bottom portion of the track has been heavily reliant on colder temperatures for the resort to make snow. Despite the tireless work from volunteers and all Lake Louise Ski Resort resources pointed towards generating enough snow for the race, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Inconsistent temperatures remained above freezing too often, eliminating the chance to make the required snow for a positive snow control from the FIS.
This is the first time in 29 years that a Lake Louise World Cup race has been cancelled at snow control.
The ladies Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill’s and super G, along with the Nor-Am speed events will continue to move ahead and work towards their respective positive snow controls. The race-organizing committees are fully committed to the delivery of those events.
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Alpine Canada is the national governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada. With the support of valued corporate partners along with the Government of Canada, Own the Podium and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Alpine Canada develops Olympic, Paralympic, world championship and World Cup medallists to stimulate visibility, inspiration and growth in the ski community.
About the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup
The world’s fastest skiers descend on Alberta at the end of November each year to compete at the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup. Held in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada’s highest-profile alpine ski race features the first men’s and ladies’ speed events of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season. First hosted in 1980, the Lake Louise World Cup event is the first outside Europe to be named to the prestigious Club 5, an organization that brings together the most famous and historic World Cup alpine race organizing committees. The event has become synonymous with the start of the ski season each winter. It also represents the only opportunity male and female Canadian alpine skiers have to win a World Cup on home snow. For more information please visitlakelouisealpineskiworldcup.com.
About Lake Louise Ski Resort
Vast and varied, pristine and inspirational, Lake Louise Ski Resort is a friendly wilderness that’s authentically Canadian. Located in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the resort features 4,200 skiable acres of world-class terrain. For more information, please visitskilouise.com.