This is how the black slope in Levi looks like when enough snow. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

World Cup in Levi cancelled

Warm autumn in the Barents Region is bad news for those who can’t wait for the snow to come.
November 05, 2015

International Ski Federation (FIS) on Thursday announced what many for a long time had feared. The traditional World Cup opening for slalom in Levi next weekend can’t be arranged.

“Due to warm temperatures, lack of snow and unfavourable weather forecasts the ladies’ and men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup slaloms in Levi (Finland) scheduled for November 14th and 15th 2015 have been cancelled,” reads the short note on the FIS-portal.

There is simply not cold enough for the snow-machines to produce snow.

Snowmaking is at the ski resort in Levi in Finnish Lapland is used to supplement natural snow, and key to the November opening of the winter season’s slalom World Cup.

Weather forecast for the week to come can’t promise any snow or enough cold to produce artificial snow for the black slope at the resort. Record high temperatures have been measured all around the Scandinavian north in the first week of November.

Also in 2011, the World Cup opening supposed to take place in Levi was cancelled.