The safety and organising committies of the Red Bull Linecatcher got together today after the violent winds that swept through the East of France on the 6th January 2012. The decision to cancel the Red Bull Linecatcher, which was initially due to take place between the 11th to the 18th of January, was a difficult one. It was finally jointly taken by the safety and organizing committies, who estimated that the safety conditions for the 20 athletes running in the competition were not optimal.

Damiano Levati / Red Bull Photofiles

The factors that encouraged this cancellation are the following :

  • A lack of snow on the face of Eyssina (where competition was to be held) following the violent winds of Friday 6th January, which swept away the snow and made it too versatile.
  • The weather forecast for the dates of 11th-18th January does not show any sign of snowfalls sufficiently abundant to cover the Eyssina face.

Freestyle backcountry skiing is a demanding discipline which involves doing jumps that require a safe landing and a specific snow quality. The conditions of recent snowfalls – windblown and hard in the couloirs of Eyssina face – make the snowpack unreliable and inadequate for high level freestyle backcountry skiing.

We are affected by this decision but confident that you will understand and respect this choice.

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