Next weekend is the Hahnenkamm, the world's greatest downhill course and arguable the world's greatest ski event. By virtue of its legendary status and fixture on the World Cup calendar, the famed Kitzbühel race is the time when racers are in peak-season form, when the picture is becoming clear as to what the BIG story of the year will be.
Is it Bode? Is it Hermann? Nope ... it's global warming.
According to the New York Times, race organizers have spent close to $400k to carry more than 100,000 cubic feet of snow by helicopter to create a sufficient snowpack to run the race.