The Bansko World Cup slalom race was unfortunately canceled after the first 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. Despite the challenging conditions, a large crowd had gathered in the stands and athletes were prepared to compete. The first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, with many of them battling visibility and wet goggles.
Noel had a strong lead ahead of the field after his stellar performance, maintaining composure even after a bobble toward the bottom section of the course. However, FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the conditions were unsafe for the remaining racers and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement. The decision to cancel the race was made in the interest of fairness and safety for the athletes.
The next slalom race will take place at the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.