The decision to cancel the Bansko World Cup slalom race came after a careful consideration of the forecast for the second run. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions were unsafe for the remaining racers. Despite these challenges, a large crowd had gathered in the stands to watch the athletes compete.
The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time. Many of them battled visibility and wet goggles as they navigated through the course. Noel maintained his lead after his stellar performance, even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course.
However, with the forecast showing even worse conditions for the second run, it was decided that it was unfair and unsafe for the athletes to continue competing. The next slalom race will take place at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.