National Ski Team Cancels Chile Training Camp Due to Lack of Snow

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Athlete drills on a GS course in Valle Nevado. Credit: Markus Aichner

A lack of snow in some parts of Chile has led to the Swiss Women’s National Ski Team cancelling their planned training camp in South America and instead remain in Switzerland and train on the glaciers of Zermatt and Saas Fee.

Unseasonably warm weather in Chile has caused an unusual lack of snow for this time of year at some popular summer training destinations. Women’s Head Coach Beat Chuor acknowledged that local training organizers did all they could to guarantee quality, safe training but unfortunately the weather proved too difficult of a challenge.

A second tech-focused Southern Hemisphere training camp in Argentina set for later in the summer is not in jeopardy and according to the Swiss team, some of the speed skiers will attend this second camp to train super-G.

The central Andes have been hurting this winter, with one Argentinian resort closing early due to lack of snow, and a Chilean cat-skiing operation not opening at all.

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