The Bansko World Cup slalom race had to be canceled after only 31 competitors completed their runs due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, and deteriorating conditions. FIS Referee Markus Waldner explained that the conditions were unsafe for the remaining racers and the forecast did not show any signs of improvement.
Despite the challenging conditions, many athletes had prepared to compete with a large crowd in the stands. However, as the first 31 racers struggled to produce runs that were close to Clement Noel’s leading time, many of them faced visibility issues and wet goggles. Noel maintained his lead throughout the race, displaying remarkable composure even after a slight bobble near the bottom section of the course.
After careful consideration of the forecast for the second run, FIS Referee Markus Waldner announced that it was unsafe and unfair to continue competing in such conditions. As a result, they decided to cancel the race in favor of fairness and safety for all athletes involved. The next slalom race will take place at Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup on February 25th.