US Open weather delay reminiscent of Hahnenkamm climate issues

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 22, 2009 9:20 am

The US Open finish on a Monday due to weather was the first since 1983. It has completed play on a Monday before, including last year, but only because of the 18-hole playoff format instead of sudden-death play golf.

This is in stark contrast to the 2007 Hahnenkamm wherein the lack of weather cancelled the downhill race completely. What a major disappointment to ski racing fans who consider this to be the Super Bowl of skiing.

It’s not a rarity for the Hahnenkamm races to be cancelled either. In 2005, the downhill race was nixed due to heavy snowfall and safety issues. In 2003, the race was shortened due to fog and American Daron Rahlves ended up the victor.

In the US Open golf tournament they do not cancel they persist. One interesting note about the US Open is the fact that the venue changes yearly. Should the Hahnenkamm follow suit? Unlikely. It’s steeped in tradition and would detract from the fanfare and the glory.