Oberhofen/Thunersee (Switzerland), January 10, 2007 - Unseasonably warm weather has forced the International Ski Federation to cancel the Freestyle FIS World Cup Aerials competition.
Scheduled for Lake Placid (USA) from January 18-20, 2007, the competition has been cancelled due to lack of snow. Deer Valley (USA) will reschedule one Aerial competition on January 11.
Meanwhile FIS has postponed the Freestyle worlds at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy until early March.
Snow-making at Madonna di Campiglio has only been possible during eight nights in the past two months and as a result, there is insufficient snow to prepare the Freestyle Skiing competition venues according to the Freestyle course specifications. While slopes are open for recreational skiing in the resort, the planned moguls and aerials venues (on the Miramonti slalom slope) as well as the half pipe and ski cross finish areas (on the FIS3Tre slope) are all situated close to the town center for spectator and access reasons, requiring substantial amounts of snow for proper preparation.
“Despite great efforts by the Madonna 2007 organizing committee led by President Olindo Cozzio, FISI and the regional government in Trentino, we had no choice but to look for new dates. We thank the organizers for their flexibility and are very pleased to be able to confirm the new dates for the 2007 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships on 5th–11th March, 2007”, said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
The competition program will remain the same as the original program and the new dates in March now means the event follows immediately after the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo, Japan.
The Ladies' SG, DH and GS events in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, on January 19-21, 2007 have been confirmed.