Squaw Valley Cancels World Cup Cross Events

Lacking snow, resort can't host international competition

Feb 18, 2015
Outside Magazine
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The 2012 FIS Skicross World Cup in Telluride, Colorado.    Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing

Squaw Valley Ski Resort has canceled the USANA Health Sciences International Cross Cup FIS events that had been scheduled to take place there in early March due to lack of snow, according to a February 13 announcement by U.S. Freeskiing. Although the area has seen some precipitation over the past month—the resort reported more than two feet of snow in the past week—the overall amount of snow is much below what is needed to hold world-class races.

The contests were the first World Cup–level events to be scheduled for Squaw Valley, the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, since 1969. The resort receives an average of 450 inches of snow each year but has recorded only 140 inches so far this winter at its 8,200-foot summit, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Squaw Valley executives said they need to allocate their snowmaking resources entirely toward the mountain’s noncompetitive skiers, who visit the mountain for fun.

“A preeminent factor in this decision was our need to create and provide for the best possible conditions for our guests across the mountain while still building a viable venue for this event,” Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows told the Sacramento Bee.

In addition to the World Cup competitions, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Hole Shot NorAm and U.S. Revolution Tour ski cross and snowboard cross—both of which were planned for Squaw Valley—have been postponed but not canceled as directors try to find a new host site. The next snowboard cross event in the FIS Snowboard World Cup is planned for March 13 to 15 in Veysonnaz, Switzerland. The last event of the winter will be the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup, which takes place March 14 and 15 in Megeve, France.