First no snow, then too much: The Matterhorn defends itself against the ski circus

First no snow, then too much
The Matterhorn defends itself against the ski circus

It was not meant to be. The men’s second descent from Zermatt-Cervinia and thus the entire race weekend on the Matterhorn has also been canceled. Racing on one of the controversial world association president Johan Eliasch’s prestigious routes remains a dream.

The Alpine World Cup races on the Matterhorn remain wishful thinking. After the premiere last year with two runs each for women and men was canceled due to a lack of snow, the two planned starts for men this weekend also had to be canceled. The reason this time: wind – and too much snow.

The races on the “Gran Becca”, which runs from the glacier area above the Swiss town of Zermatt down to Cervinia in Italy, are a prestige object of the controversial world association president Johan Eliasch. There had already been criticism in advance: the route, which is located at a high altitude, is considered to be susceptible to wind and the weather in November is unstable.

Next try next weekend

The men were only able to complete a training run on Wednesday, after which nothing worked from Thursday onwards, initially only because of the gusty wind, then also because of the snowfall that began. An improvement should not occur until the middle of the week. The two women’s downhill races are scheduled for next weekend.

After three canceled races, the men now have to wait until Saturday to start the season – then a slalom will be held in Gurgl in Austria. The next start in the supreme alpine discipline is scheduled for just under three weeks. From December 1st to 3rd, two downhill runs and a Super-G are scheduled to take place in Beaver Creek/USA.

“It’s very frustrating,” said German head coach Christian Schwaiger after the cancellation of the first race on Saturday: “We were motivated that it finally started today.” The men were unable to finish their giant slalom at the season opener in Sölden due to wind.

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