Downhill action was cancelled in Crans-Montana on Sunday ©Getty Images

La Thuile will host a rescheduled International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup women's downhill on Friday (February 19) after the cancellation of the planned race in Crans-Montana.

Unsafe conditions at the Swiss resort on Sunday (February 14) led to the abandonment of the race, as heavy snow fell on the course.

This meant that the snow was so soft that the safety of racers could not be guaranteed.

Italian resort La Thuile was already the next scheduled stop on the women's World Cup circuit, with a downhill initially scheduled for February 20 before a super-G on February 21.

The rescheduled race means, therefore, that two downhills will be held on consecutive days on the course.

These races could prove significant in the race for the overall World Cup title with current leader Lindsey Vonn and her nearest challenger Lara Gut both downhill specialists.

Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn will now race two downhills in La Thuile
Overall World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn will now race two downhills in La Thuile ©Getty Images

American Vonn has 1060 points with Swiss skier Gut on 973.

Vonn had earlier backed the decision to cancel in Crans-Montana.

"I agree with the FIS decision," she tweeted.

"It was not safe to race."

FIS chief race director Atle Skaardal added: "If you look at the amount of snow that we've had, it is obvious that it is difficult to prepare a race course under these circumstances, especially in downhill of course where the requirements are extremely high in terms of safety."

A slalom race did go head in Crans-Montana on Monday (February 15) as conditions improved.