Alps snow shortage moves ski races to Åre
The Local/ms · 5 Dec 2014, 15:39
Published: 05 Dec 2014 15:39 GMT+01:00
The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced on Friday that the women's giant slalom and slalom races scheduled to take place in the French resort on December 13th and 14th had been cancelled, after the men's races at Val d'Isère were also called off.
It later confirmed to The Local that Åre in Sweden would now host the races instead.
Åre is one of Sweden's largest ski resorts and is located in Jämtland near the border with Norway. It is home to around 1,500 people and derives some 25 percent of its income from tourism.
The resort, which is operated by stock market listed company Skistar, has previously hosted the Alpine World Championships in 1954 and 2007 and was preparing to host the contest in 2019.
France is experiencing an unusually warm winter, which has caused several ski resorts – from the Alps to the Pyrenees and Jura - to delay their seasonal openings by at least a week.
Despite the Alps getting some snow in early November, the snow has since melted away, leaving the slopes bare.
Resorts located in the southwestern Pyrenees mountain range and the eastern Jura range are experiencing similar problems.