The second training run ahead of the Bombardier presents Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup races was canceled today (Nov. 25) by winds gusting over 100km per hour.

The unpredictable winds made the track unsafe and unfair for all the racers. Darrell MacLachlan, Chief of race, decided to pull the plug.

“It was really windy outside, it was gusty winds. We checked with a number of our weather services and the systems were coming rapidly at us with wind gust up to 140 km/h,” said MacLachlan. “We couldn’t have the racers go down the race course, it was a matter of safety. The wind gusts were unpredictable and we needed to make sure that we could provide a fair race for everyone and that wasn’t the case today.”

“Tomorrow the system will be improving and there will certainly be a better chance to hold  training,” added MacLachlan.

Friday (Nov. 26), weather permitting, will be the final downhill training run before the official speed season kicks off Saturday with the first downhill race following by a super-G race on Sunday at Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart.

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Hank McKee
Senior Editor
In memoriam: The veteran of the staff, McKee started with Ski Racing in 1980. Over the seasons, he covered virtually every aspect of the sport, from the pro tours to junior racing, freestyle and World Cup alpine competition. He wrote the first national stories for many U.S. team stars, and was still around to report on their retirements. “Longevity has its rewards,” he said, “but it’s a slow process.”



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