December 6, 2023

Alpine skiing – Zermatt Cervinia: the first women’s downhill race on the Matterhorn canceled – weather causes problems again

A week after the fiasco surrounding the cancellation of two men’s downhill races, organizers of the World Cup race in Zermatt-Cervinia have now also canceled the first women’s downhill race.

Once again, the weather thwarted organizers’ plans to hold a race on the Swiss Matterhorn circuit. Early Saturday morning, an attempt was made to buy time by delaying the lifting process for 45 minutes because the wind did not allow the lifting systems to operate.

As the morning progressed, it became increasingly clear that conditions would not allow a landing to occur.

This means that the seventh attempt failed to achieve the premiere on the Matterhorn.

The Matterhorn continues to wait – the next opportunity is on Sunday

Last year, two races for women and men were canceled due to lack of snow; Last weekend, two men’s races fell victim to strong winds and heavy snow.

The races on the “Gran Pica”, which stretches from the glacier region above the Swiss city of Zermatt all the way to Cervinia in Italy, are a hippie topic for the world federation’s controversial president, Johan Eliach. There have already been prior criticisms: the road, which is at a high altitude, is considered vulnerable to winds and the weather in November is unstable.

Another women’s descent is scheduled for Sunday (11:45 a.m.).

Convincing performance: a turn on the podium again