Winter sports centres in Yugoslavia are suffering an unseasonal shortage this year. They have no?
MV PAN ZOOM INTO CU Sign "Kranjska Gora" and map of ski-runs
GV PAN Snowless slopes
GV PAN Hotel with small amount of snow on roof
SV Sightseers walking along snowless road
GV TILT DOWN & MV ZOOM OUT Bare patches on ski slope (2 shots)
GV PAN Bare patches is snow
GV PAN, MV & GV Empty cable chairs (3 shots)
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SPORT - SKIING
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Background: Winter sports centres in Yugoslavia are suffering an unseasonal shortage this year. They have no snow. Ski slopes and resorts -- usually several feet deep in snow -- are almost bare at the moment.
Kranjska Gora, a winter sports centre in the Slovenia region of the country, was to have been the scene of tow major skiing competitions over the Christmas period. But, both had to be cancelled because of lack of snow cover. Both competitions -- the World Cup Giant Slalom for Man (scheduled for 20 December) and the big Hot Dog Skiing Tournament (scheduled for 26 and 27 December) -- are now to be held in the middle of January. But the prospects are doubtful unless heavy snow falls occur in the next two weeks.
Skiers, hoping to celebrate the New Year's holiday on the slopes around Kranjaka Gora are disappointed. The snow cover is so minimal that even pleasure skiing is impossible, and the only cable lift in operation carries tourists to view the unusually-bare slopes.
The situation is much the same in winter sports centres throughout Yugoslavia. As a result, it is now highly likely that the international ski-run competition -- doe to be held beside Bohinj near Kranjska Gora on 4 and 5 January -- will now be held instead at Pokljuke ... at an altitude of 1300 metres (4,265 feet) where the snow cover is just about adequate.
SYNOPSIS: Yugoslavian winter sports centres like Kranjska Gora in Slovenia are suffering an unseasonal shortage this year. They have no snow.
Bare slopes caused the cancellation of two major ski competitions over the Christmas period. The World Cup Giant Slalom for Man and the International Hot Dog Skiing competition must now be held in mid-January. In the meantime, holiday skiers in the resort for the New Year are disappointed.
Where it occurs, the snow cover is no minimal that even pleasure skiing is impossible. The prospects for holding the cancelled ski competitions in January look dim unless substantial snow falls occur early in the month.
And the situation is much the same in other ski resorts in Yugoslavia.
Cable cars -- usually full at this time of year -- lie idle now. The only one in operation is carrying tourists to view the bare slopes. And it seems likely that the international ski-run competition to be held near Kranjska Gora this week will have to be cancelled.