December 28, 2015

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) A lack of snow and mild temperatures in central Europe have forced the International Ski Federation to reschedule four World Cup races in the first half of January.

FIS said on Monday it moved two slaloms planned next week for Zagreb, Croatia, to the Italian resort of Santa Caterina, which will host a women's race on Jan. 5 and a men's event the next day.

The men's World Cup is currently visiting Santa Caterina for a downhill on Tuesday.

Also, two women's speed races on Jan. 9-10 were rescheduled from St. Anton to Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, both in Austria.

Zauchensee is a regular stop on the women's World Cup and last hosted races in 2014. A sprint downhill on a shortened course in a two-run format will be held on Jan. 9, followed by a super-G the next day.

The women's downhill race and super-G in St. Anton were canceled last weekend as the Tyrolean resort couldn't produce sufficient snow for a World Cup course due to the relatively warm weather.

Men's races in the Jan. 9-10 weekend in Adelboden, Switzerland, were expected to go ahead as planned.

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