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Drought prompts cancellation of World Cup event in Sierra
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OLYMPIC VALLEY  (AP) — Another dry winter in the Sierra Nevada has prompted the cancellation of World Cup skicross and snowboardcross races at the Squaw Valley resort in early March.

Squaw Valley has recorded only 140 inches of snow so far this winter at its 8,200-foot summit, putting it on pace to receive well below its annual average of 450 inches.

The Sierra Sun of Truckee reports the competition was expected to feature top stars in the sport, including Olympian and seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland and Olympic medalists Alex Deibold and Lindsay Jacobellis.

Cross racing pits athletes against each other in head-to-head racing down a course packed with jumps, bumps and berms.

Snowboardcross made its Olympic debut in 2006, while skicross debuted in 2010.

The Sierra’s drought began in 2011.