Once again, weather worries return to Alpine venue

Published February 23, 2010

| AP

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Alpine skiing at the Vancouver Olympics is ending the same way it began — clouded by bad weather.

With three races left over the next four days, the forecast calls for more snow and fog at the Whistler resort — the same type of weather that wreaked havoc with the first week's Alpine schedule.

Organizers worry that thick fog limiting visibility to 100 yards could create problems for the women's giant slalom Wednesday.

One to two inches of snow was expected overnight, stopping before sunrise but followed by morning fog and more wet snow in the afternoon.

Women's race director Atle Skaardal said the race could be delayed from its 10 a.m. start until the afternoon.

"This is not going to be easy," Skaardal said. "We can work with the snow, but it will be difficult. We will use the afternoon if necessary."

The final two races are the women's slalom Friday and the men's slalom Saturday. Thursday is a reserve day.

While bad weather is often a problem for speed races, it's more unusual that it affects the giant slalom or slalom. Only last month, however, the season's most highly awaited men's World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, was abandoned after the first run because of a whiteout.