Only a lack of snow stands in the way of Zermatt races



Zermatt/Cervinia – Thursday, 09/22/2022, 08:01 a.m

The organizers of the first cross-border ski world cup events are optimistic after the latest inspection by the world association FIS.

According to a broadcast, nothing stands in the way of the speed races planned for October and November for men and women with a view of the Matterhorn. Only the weather still has to play along. The start of the race is above Zermatt on Swiss territory, the finish is at Cervinia on the Italian side.

At the beginning of the week, the FIS delegation visited the “Gran Becca” piste, which mainly leads over glaciers, the start and finish area, TV facilities and various localities in the village.

“A lot has happened since the last inspection in July 2022. Our suggestions for improvement have been implemented accordingly, the work on and off the piste is going according to plan. The backdrop with a constant view of the Matterhorn is unique,” says Markus Waldner, FIS Race Director for the men. “Assuming further snowfall and low temperatures, nothing stands in the way of a successful staging.”

Organizers are confident

The hot and dry summer in Europe has hit the Alpine glaciers enormously and tended to result in a loss of mass. Recently, however, there was snowfall, the ski area above Zermatt was reopened.

“Fresh snow is anything but unusual at this time of year at this altitude. We still had snow on the glacier at the end of October and remain confident that this will be the case this year,” says Franz Julen, President of the local organizing committee .

Source: Laola1

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