Levi World Cup canceled because of warm weather

Associated Press

HELSINKI (AP) — The World Cup ski races scheduled for northern Finland next week were canceled Thursday because of a lack of snow and unusually warm weather.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) was looking to reschedule the men's and women's slaloms that were slated for Levi on Nov. 12-13 and would provide more information by Sunday.

"The situation was looking promising until last Friday, when the forecast changed," said Hans Pieren, an FIS race director. "Even with the highly efficient snowmaking installations, we simply had no chance when it's not cold enough."

The federation said there was no snow cover in Finland at the end of October, "although it ought to reach the middle and north of Lapland by this time of the year."

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