TALLINN - The organizing committee of the Otepaa World Cup cross-country skiing competition decided to go ahead with the planned Jan. 27-28 race in Estonia despite poor snow. "To carry out the program we must produce enough snow to cover the ski stadium and a track of at least 2.5 kilometers," said Alar Arukuusk, chairman if the organizing committee.
Forecasts from the Estonian Meteorology and Hydrology Institute show the temperature will fall low enough to allow for the production of artificial snow. "We must conclude preparation of the track by [Jan. 25]," Arukuusk said. The Otepaa World Cup races were in doubt because it was not possible to produce artificial snow due to unusually warm weather.