Meribel

Meribel 2020: Bad Weather Conditions Cause Problems On Day One

One event has been postponed to the end of the week following heavy rainfall on Sunday.

Poor weather conditions have caused further problems on the first day of the 2020 Inter Services Snow Sports Championships in France.

Heavy rainfall on Sunday caused some training sessions and qualification rounds to be cancelled at the Meribel ski resort.

Despite an improvement in the weather, the first event of the tournament had to be postponed over "course issues" as the rain caused rocks to surface on the course, the organisers said.

Riders were able to finish the qualification rounds but the BFBS Snowboard Cross Final will now take place on Friday.

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Snowboarders huddle during bad weather on Sunday (Picture: Crown Copyright).

"The course was running pretty well to start off with... but it's quite apparent that some of the areas were a bit more gnarly than we'd have liked them," Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Ledger, chief of race for snowboarding, said.

"As the temperature got warmer, we suddenly realised that actually, the course was beginning to move away from us...with rocks coming through.

"We made a call early on, we said 'we'll run qualifiers today, we'll change the course around and we'll run the finals on Friday'."

The Telemark Giant Slalom Final is still expected to go ahead on Monday.

In practice runs for the Alpine Ski Downhill Final, three female skiers crashed out, with concerns that one Royal Navy competitor may not be fit for tomorrow's event. 

In total, 12 events are taking place across the five-day tournament.

Cover image: Qualification rounds were held despite the poor conditions (Picture: Crown Copyright).