Despite the perilous snow condition, the FIS gives the green light to the giant slalom and slalom in Adelboden. Also in Wengen it must be driven.
Sunshine, spring air and a view of the Alps – what sounds like a fantastic description from a holiday catalog is causing serious anxiety for the race organizers in Adelboden at the moment. In the Bernese Oberland, as in the whole of Switzerland, it has been very warm these past few days and weeks, and skiing has not yet been an option.
So the classics at Chuenisbärgli from January 7th and 8th were on the brink of collapse. Snow was simply missing. Now the International Ski Federation (FIS) has provided it all – for the moment. The snow check on Friday was positive, and the giant slalom and slalom should take place as planned.
Piste manager Tony Harry was happy to note this: “This takes a quarter of the load off our shoulders. Now it’s about getting the existing snow to the right place and creating a race-ready slope.” Harry was confident that there were still reserves in Adelboden.
Green light for Wengen, too
The same goes for the Lauberhorn races: Snow control was also positive in Wengen, Super-G should be organized as well as downhill and slalom (January 13-15).
It remains to be seen if the races – especially in Chuenisbärgli – can really be held. The weather forecast for the next few days does not bode well for any real improvement and is likely to present some difficulties for the organisers.
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