On Tuesday, FIS announced a positive snow control for Lech/Zuers, which is scheduled to host men’s and women’s parallel events Nov. 26-27. The races were pushed back two weeks from their original date due to a lack of snow, which appears to have made the difference.
The announcement comes a day after Courchevel was given the green light and just days after a large block of racing in Val d’Isere was also confirmed. With France under extended COVID restrictions, those events were all in question. Courchevel is set to host a pair of women’s giant slaloms on Dec. 12-13.
“The organization takes into account the health restrictions and obligations linked to the Covid-19 pandemic by the French government,” a statement from the organizers reads. “The variation for sport of government health decisions preserves the organization of professional or high-level sporting events. These provisions allow the two World Cup skiing events to be maintained in Courchevel within the framework of an organization behind closed doors, without a partner space and without a hospitality program.”
All told, after a great deal of uncertainty due to COVID-19 lockdowns and unfavorable snow conditions, the Alpine World Cup seems to be in pretty good shape, at least through the first half of December.
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