MUNICH — The FIS announced today that due to unseasonably warm temperatures and no cold weather in the near forecast, the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup City Event scheduled at the Munich Olympiapark in Germany for Jan. 1, 2014 has been cancelled. There will be no replacement of this City Event at any other point during the winter.
It has been a tough start to the season in central Europe, and organizers in Munich simply have nowhere else from which to harvest snow for the event. The race was also cancelled in 2012 for the same reason. Temperatures dropped in the German city to winter-like conditions today, but there is no sustained cold weather in the upcoming forecast.
“Despite the challenges caused by the constant weather changes, the organizers tried truly everything to prepare and stage this big event. Significant ticket sales and a huge number of requests from media partners and stakeholders showed a big interest in the Munich City Event,” commented FIS men’s chief race director Guenter Hujara when the 2012 race was cancelled. “At least 60 hours of temperatures below minus 5 degrees and dry conditions are needed (to produce enough snow) but not in the forecast. All alternatives were checked but the probability of success of all these efforts was too low.”