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Slopestyle skiing World Cup opener canceled due to heavy snow

2019 Burton U.S. Open Championships

VAIL, COLORADO - MARCH 01: Miyabi Onitsuka of Japan in action during Women’s slopestyle finals during the Burton U.S. Open Championships at Golden Peak on March 1, 2019 in Vail, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Milchev/Getty Images)

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The first freestyle skiing slopestyle event of the 2019-20 World Cup season, due to take place this weekend in Stubai, Austria, has been canceled.

“Last week’s heavy snowstorm combined with high avalanche danger kept the resort closed for two days over this past weekend, causing major delays in course preparations, which in turn the postponement of Wednesday’s first training session,” international organizers FIS said.

The forecast also called for another snowstorm to blow through the area on Thursday, exacerbating the situation.

Slopestyle specialists will have to wait until January to begin their season in Font Romeu, France. The series then heads to Italy before hopping to North America for events in Mammoth Mountain, Calif., and Calgary. The fifth and final remaining event on the calendar will be in March in Silvaplana, Switzerland.

But the U.S. team will still be busy. Many slopestyle skiers also compete in big air and have World Cup events scheduled at two unusual venues in December — a former steel mill in Beijing and SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves’ baseball stadium, which will be transformed with 29,000 pieces of steel and 800 tons of snow.

The Winter X Games take place in the week between the Italy and Mammoth World Cup stops.

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