Heavy snow cancels women's World Cup super-G's at Val di Fassa

VAL DI FASSA, Italy -- Heavy snow forced the cancellation of women's World Cup super-G races on Saturday and Sunday in Val di Fassa.

It was the sixth and seventh women's speed races canceled this season.

A women's super-G and downhill were lost last month in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, because of warm temperatures and poor snow conditions.

Heavy snowfall also forced the cancellation of a super-G in St. Moritz in December, while the opening two speed races of the season at the Matterhorn mountain on the Swiss-Italian border were called off to heavy snow and strong winds.

Lara Gut-Behrami leads the super-G standings with a slender five-point advantage over Cornelia Huetter. The Swiss skier also leads in the giant slalom and downhill as well as overall, having overtaken Mikaela Shiffrin earlier this month with the American star out injured.

Next up on the women's schedule is a Scandinavian swing with downhill and super-G races in Kvitfjell, Norway, next weekend followed by technical races in Åre, Sweden, the following weekend.

Shiffrin is hoping to return for the races in Sweden.