The first men's downhill of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season has been postponed ©Getty Images

Heavy snow and reduced visibility has forced organisers to postpone the first men's downhill of the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup season.

It has now been rescheduled to Saturday, with downhill replacing one of the two planned super-G races at Lake Louise.

Another super-G is scheduled for Sunday at the resort in Banff National Park.

"Sadly our Men’s downhill event has been cancelled today due to current weather patterns," the organisers said on their Instagram page.

"But racer safety is paramount.

"The good news is we will run the downhill event tomorrow!"

Earlier this month, the Alpine Ski World Cup saw the parallel giant slalom races at Lech-Zürs being cancelled.

Two downhill legs in Zermatt and Cervinia were also cancelled due to a lack of snow.

Last season, the resort faced a similar situation when weather forced a three-race programme to be reduced to a single downhill.

The women's circuit will begin at Killington with giant slalom and slalom legs on Saturday (November 26).