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Ordinarily at this time of year — we residents of the high country are thrilled by big dumps of snow, especially over on the I-70 corridor where several big ski resorts tend to gain international attention.

But this morning, heavy snowfall and strong winds forced race organizers to call off today’s men’s World Cup downhill on the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek. This latest storm is on top of the foot of fresh power that fell the day before the World Cup races began in Beaver Creek.

While the race is postponed, race crews are working with snowcats on the hill to ready it for better racing weather tomorrow. The town, of course, isn’t stopping the festivities because of the weather. There is live music around the town square along with Santa visits (no doubt to check out the snow conditions for his sled), and the racing athletes will be around signing autographs in designated spots.

Saturday’s downhill races at Beaver Creek are set to begin at 10:00 a.m.

Snow continues to fall in Chaffee County and Monarch Mountain which is celebrating even more natural snowfall to add to the base on its opening day on Dec. 1.

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