The opening FIS Ski World Cup men's giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, was canceled today due to heavy snow and strong winds. After last year's cancellation, the International Ski Federation (FIS) has changed the rule, and it is now possible to replace the opening race in case of a cancellation. FIS is expected to announce early next week a replacement date and venue for Sunday's canceled race.
The Rettenbach Glacier received approximately 50cm of new snow overnight at the top of the course and 40cm at the finish, and another 20cm were forecasted throughout the day on Sunday. In addition to this, the weather forecast wasn’t announcing any decrease in the snowfall or the wind strength. Strong winds, with gusts up to 70kph, also reduced visibility, prompting the race jury, together with the local organizing committee and the Austrian national ski association, to cancel Sunday's giant slalom.
After last years’ cancellation, the rule has been adapted and it is now possible to replace the opening race in case of a cancellation. The giant slalom will be taken over by another venue, that is to be announced early next week.
This means the men will kick off their World Cup season in Levi, Finland, with a slalom race.