French winter sport events cancelled due to lack of snow in Alps and Pyrenees

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Several winter sport events in France have been cancelled, postponed or moved because abnormally warm temperatures have stripped mountain slopes of their snow covering, organisers have said.

Milder weather and rain since mid-December have melted the little snow already on France's ski slopes, forcing many resorts to close in regions that depend on their income.

Only those at the highest altitudes in the French Alps have managed to keep most ski runs open.

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In the Alps, the Tignes resort has been forced to cancel the Andros Trophy, a car and motorbike race on ice, on January 13 and 14.

"The warm weather of recent weeks and the weather forecast for the coming days with no cold spell or fresh snow predicted for next week are not favourable to preparing the track" at 1,550 metres altitude, organisers have said.

In Contamines, further north along the Swiss border, the Telemark World Cup due to be held this month has been postponed to February.

In Chatillon-de-Michaille, a dog sled race called the Retordica due to be held this weekend has been cancelled due to a "lack of snow", the French federation of dog sledding has said.

In Megeve, organisers of another dog sledding competition -- the Grande Odyssee VVF -- said they would still hold the 13-day event to start on Saturday, but would have to move the route several kilometres (miles) away to a higher altitude.


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