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BRITS TAKE ON THE WORLD AS SEASON HITS TOP GEAR

Posted on 18/01/19 by Rare Management

From now until the end of the season the snowsport action will not let up, with the opening World and Junior World Championships of 2019 set to take place alongside a host of World, Europa and Nor-Am Cup events.

In this week’s preview we will look at what’s coming up in the days ahead for each discipline and also go back through the key events of the past week.

   

ALPINE

World Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Tuesday 15 January: Alex Tilley recorded her best result of the season and one her career-best World Cup finishes at Tuesday’s giant slalom World Cup in Italy. Tilley was 22nd on the first run then put down the 15th-best second run to climb to 20th. She has only ever finished higher twice at World Cup level.

Invitational slalom, Crans-Montana SUI – Wednesday 16 January: Some of the world’s best slalom skiers converged on Crans-Montana on Wednesday night to participate in an invitational night event. French young gun Clement Noel led the all-star field through the two runs with GB Alpine’s Dave Ryding finishing second ahead of Julien Lizerouz, Andrew Myhrer and Marc Rochat.

Europa Cup giant slalom, Kronplatz ITA – Thursday 17 January: World Cup skiers Charlie Raposo (35th) and Jack Gower (46th) were the highest-finishing British skiers at Tuesday’s Europa Cup in Italy. Competing in just his second-ever Europa Cup – and the first of this season – Iain Innes recorded a DNF on his first run.

World Cup slalom, Wengen AUT – Sunday 20 January: Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor return to action on Sunday in Austria with just three World Cup events remaining before February’s World Championships. The pair will be looking to bounce back after they both crashed out in the first run of last Sunday’s event in Adelboden and Ryding will be buoyed by his night slalom victory earlier this week at the Crans-Montana invitational.

The Wengen World Cup slalom will be broadcast live on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player from Sunday 9am (1st run) and 11:45am (2nd run).

CROSS COUNTRY

Norwegian Cup, Nes NOR – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: After a fantastic weekend in Dresden, GB Cross Country have bypassed this week’s World Cup in Estonia in favour of the Norwegian Cup races in Nes Skianlegg. All four British skiers – Andrew Young (3rd), James Clugnet (7th), Annika Taylor (6th) and Nichole Bathe (22nd) – made it through the prologue, however only Young qualified for the semi-finals. The three-time Olympian was then second in his semi before finishing fifth in the final.

While Clugnet will head to the World U23 Championships in Finland after today’s race, the remaining athletes will compete in distance classic (Saturday) and free skate (Sunday) events over the weekend.

U23/Junior World Championships, Lahti FIN – Sun 20 to Fri 25 [=][: A small contingent will represent GB Cross Country at the World U23 & Junior World Championships in Finland next week. James Clugnet and Hamish Wolfe will compete in the U23s while Oliver Newman will take part in the Junior (U20) events.

The Championships kick off on Sunday when Newman takes part in the Junior sprint classic, and he will also compete in the 10km free (Tue 22 Jan) and 30km classic mass start (Thu 24 Jan). Clugnet and Wolfe will take part in the U23 sprint classic on Monday and 15km free on Wednesday, while Wolfe will also enter the 30km classic mass start (Fri 25 Jan).

 

PARK & PIPE

World Cup snowboard slopestyle, Laax SUI – Wed 16 to Fri 18 January: Jamie Nicholls hadn’t competed at the highest level since last year’s Olympics but he showed glimpses of his class this week in Laax. After qualifying through Wednesday’s heats in impressive fashion, the two-time Olympian was unable to reproduce that form in today’s semi-finals, finishing in 22nd position overall.

Europa Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Snowboarder Matt McCormick and freeskier Harris Booth both came away from the midweek Europa Cup in Austria with success which took them to the podium. On Wednesday the pair both qualified through to their respective slopestyle finals and picked up a pair of third places. McCormick went one better yesterday with second in the big air however Booth was unable to land a jump in the final on his way to 11th.

Other midweek events: There was more success for GB Park+Pipe this week at a number of events. At the World Rookie Tour in Livigno, snowboarders Maisie Hill (rookie) and Mia Brookes (grom) both picked up second place finishes. Top five results were also recorded by Amber Fennell (4th, grom) and Gabe Adams (5th, rookie).

Freeskier Cal Sandieson was fifth at a FIS slopestyle event in Meribel and Connie Brogden was fourth at the Elite Rev Tour at Waterville, New Hampshire. Brogden will compete in a second slopestyle event later today.

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

World Cup ski cross, Idre Fjall SWE – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January: Ollie Davies was the sole British competitor in action at the Ski Cross World Cup in Sweden today. Despite strong times in practice, Davies was unable to turn that into a top 32 qualification for either Saturday’s or Sunday’s elimination rounds.

Nor-Am Cup ski cross, Calabogie Peaks CAN – Fri 18 to Sun 20 January : A trio of British skiers are taking to the Nor-Am Cup in Canada this week. World Junior bronze medallist Elliane Hall is joined by 2018 Olympian Emily Sarsfield and World Cup skier Emma Peters in qualifying today ahead of two races across the weekend.

Europa Cup snowboard cross, Grasgehren GER: While Charlotte Bankes is not competing in Germany after taking out both of last week’s Europa Cup races in France, a trio of British riders will be in action. Maisie Potter will fly the British flag in the ladies’ races after an impressive fourth-place finish last week, while Kyle Wise and Chris Gregory are in the men’s events.

 

PARA ALPINE

World Cup slalom, Zagreb CRO – Wed 16 to Thu 17 January: Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith produced the best result from the GB team at the Para Alpine World Cup in Zagreb this week. Gallgher and Smith were third in Wednesday’s slalom, while teammates Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe’s best result came yesterday with fourth. Sixteen-year-old Neil Simpson continued his good season with a pair of fourth-place finishes with guide Jamie Robertson while PyeongChang Paralympian James Whitley scored a fifth and seventh place from his two races.

World Championships, Kranjska Gora SLO & Sella Nevea ITA – Mon 21 Jan to Fri 1 February: The GB Para Alpine team to contest the World Championships from next week will be announced later today. The technical events (slalom, giant slalom) will be held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia starting on Monday, with the speed events (super G, downhill) to follow in Sella Nevea, Italy.

 

MOGULS

World Cup, Lake Placid USA – Thu 17 to Fri 18 January: Max Willis and Thomas Gerken Schofield were unlucky not to qualify through to today’s 16-man World Cup moguls final in Lake Placid, missing out by the narrowest of margins. The pair were 17th and 18th respectively, with Max finishing just 0.06pt out of a finals place, with Thomas 0.07pt further back. They were still fantastic results with both Max and Thomas registering their highest-ever World Cup performances in individual moguls. Makayla Gerken Schofield (34th) and Wil Willis (43rd) missed out on the finals.

The quartet will be joined by Will Feneley next week when the final World Cup before the World Championships takes place in Tremblant, Canada.

 

PARA NORDIC

World Cup cross country & biathlon, Östersund SWE – Sat 12 to Fri 18 January: The last World Cup before the Para Nordic World Championships has been taking place this week in Sweden with some positive results across the events.

Scott Meenagh (5th) qualified for the final of the cross country sprint, also finishing fifth in the long distance event and sixth in the middle distance. He was sixth in the sprint biathlon and competes in the individual event later today.

Rachel Morris (6th) also made the final of the cross country sprint at just her second World Cup since moving into para nordic skiing, and was fourth in the long distance event.

Callum Deboys and Terry Ahrens competed in the cross country events, while Steve Thomas and Steve Arnold joined Meenagh in both cross country and biathlon.

The individual biathlon will be streamed from 3pm this afternoon at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIISQ5zpHIY.

 

TELEMARK

World Cup, La Thuile ITA – Sun 20 to Mon 21 January: Jasmin Taylor will lead the GB Telemark team into the opening World Cup of the year on the back of her best-ever season. In 2017/18, Taylor broke through for her first World Cup victory, going on to win four events and stand on the podium 14 times.

Taylor will be the only Brit in the ladies’ field while the men’s events will be contested by Ben and Jack Emsley, Sion Bingham and Louis Hatchwell. This event’s races will be contested in the classic and sprint disciplines and can be streamed live from Sunday 8am at https://livestream.com/TeleHo/events/8469138.

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS SPEARHEAD HUGE WEEKEND FOR GB SNOWSPORT

Posted on 14/01/19 by Rare Management

More than 30 British skiers and snowboarders were in action over the weekend and it was GB Cross Country leading the way with some historic World Cup results in Germany, while Charlotte Bankes continued her dominance in the snowboard cross Europa Cup.

 

Cross Country World Cup, Dresden GER – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

GB Cross Country delivered a fantastic series of results over the weekend in Dresden where the sprint World Cup took place on the banks of the River Elbe.

In Saturday’s free skate sprint race, Andrew Young went one-better than 2018 when he qualified second in the prologue, while James Clugnet made it to the top 30 for the third straight race in 14th. Unfortunately both were unable to win through from their heats into the semi-finals with Clugnet edged out by just 0.05sec for the final lucky loser place.

Young eventually matched his result from last year in 13th while Clugnet was 23rd overall in his second-best individual World Cup result.

The following day’s team sprint brought much-anticipation in both the men’s and women’s races.

Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe missed out on a place in the final, however in finishing 15th in the team sprint, they created history by earning Great Britain’s first-ever women’s World Cup Nations Cup points.

In the men’s race, Young and Clugnet were looking to improve on their ninth-place finish from last year with the first hurdle being to make it through the semi-finals. In the second and much-faster semi, the Brits stayed with the lead group throughout and held onto a top five place through the finish to earn a place in the final.

The pair were just as competitive in the final, with the top five teams only breaking away in the final stages to leave GB in sixth place, less than 2.5sec off the podium. The result was Britain’s highest-ever team sprint result at a World Cup, Clugnet’s best World Cup finish while Young has only finished higher once before when he stood on the sprint podium in Toblach in 2015.

The quartet from Dresden will compete at the Norwegian Cup in Nes next week before Andrew Musgrave rejoins the squad the following week for the World Cup in Sweden.

 

Snowboard Cross Europa Cup, Puy St Vincent FRA – Sat 12-Sun 13 January

Snowboard cross star Charlotte Bankes has continued her fantastic form to start the season with a pair of Europa Cup victories in France.

 

After starting the season with a win in Austria, the 23-year-old backed up a World Cup podium with two more victories over the weekend to sit comfortably on top of the Europa Cup standings with three wins from four races.

Having previously competed in 16 Europa Cup races and never finished better than 17th, Maisie Potter showed her comeback from a heel injury is on track with two of her best ever results. In just her third race since almost a year on the sidelines, the 21-year-old finished 11th on Saturday before qualifying through to her first Europa Cup final and fourth place in Sunday race.

In the men’s races, Kyle Wise recorded his equal-second best career Europa Cup result with 24th on Sunday, while Chris Gregory’s best finish of the weekend was 41st in Saturday’s race.

 

Moguls World Cup, Calgary CAN – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

GB Moguls commenced a three-week block of World Cup competition in Calgary over the weekend with Makayla and Thomas Gerken Schofield both earning more World Cup points.

While unable to progress through to the finals, Makayla finished 22nd in the women’s event and is currently ranked 17th on the World Cup standings. Thomas was 24th in the men’s event and presently sits 26th on the season.

Wil Willis was 41st in the men’s competition while brother Max recorded a DNF.

The Moguls World Cup tour heads to Lake Placid, USA next week before returning to Canada for the final pre-World Championships event in Tremblant.

 

Alpine World Cup, Adelboden SUI – Saturday 12-Sunday 13 January

It was an unhappy weekend for the trio of men’s alpine skiers who took to the World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland.

Charlie Raposo (giant slalom), Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor (both slalom) all recorded DNFs on a course which caused plenty of trouble for many of the world’s best.

Taylor will be hoping for a better outing tomorrow when he competes in the Europa Cup slalom in Reiteralm, Austria. Raposo will also contest a Europa Cup giant slalom this Thursday in Kronplatz, Italy alongside compatriots Iain Innes and Jack Gower.

Kronplatz is also the venue for tomorrow’s giant slalom World Cup where Alex Tilley will be flying the British flag. A lack of consistency has plagued the PyeongChang Olympian this season with a 21st place in Killington her best result so far.

Tilley has been less than three-quarters of a second outside the top 30 in the last two World Cups at Kronplatz and will have high hopes of qualifying for the second run this year.

 

Snowboard World Cup, Kreischberg AUT – Friday 11-Saturday 12 January

Matt McCormick was the sole British snowboarder at the slopestyle World Cup in Kreischberg, Austria on Friday finishing the event in 28th place.

The 21-year-old had two good runs going but unfortunately fell at the last jump both times to slide out of contention for the semi-finals. He will be back in action on the course later this week for the Europa Cup, where his brother Chris will also be competing in the ski competition alongside Harris Booth.

Snowboard slopestyle World Cup kicks on again this week in Switzerland where the Laax Open will take place and GB Park+Pipe will be represented by Jamie Nicholls.

Nicholls has only competed in one slopestyle World Cup in the past 22 months and his last outing was at the Winter Olympics in February where he finished 16th overall.

Qualification in Laax takes place on Wednesday followed by semi-finals on Thursday before Friday’s final.

 

Para Nordic World Cup, Östersund SWE – Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 January

GB Para Nordic has recorded some fantastic results over the opening two days of the World Cup in Sweden.

In Saturday’s middle distance cross country races, Scott Meenagh was sixth in the men’s sitting category while Rachel Morris was ninth in the women’s.

In Sunday’s long distance races, Meenagh improved to fifth place with GB filling four of the top nine places thanks to strong performances from Steve Arnold (7th), Callum Deboys (8th) and Steve Thomas (9th). Rachel Morris chalked up a fantastic result in her race, finishing fourth. In the standing category, Terry Ahrens finished ninth.

The World Cup continues over the coming days in both biathlon and cross country. It is the final major event for the para nordic skiers ahead of next month’s World Championships in Canada.

 

Ski Cross Europa Cup, Villars SUI – Friday 11 January

A huge contingent from the GB Ski Cross squad was in Switzerland on Friday for the Europa Cup event in Villars.

PyeongChang Olympian Emily Sarsfield led the way to finish sixth while Emma Peters was right behind in seventh and Alannah Lawrie rounded out the top ten. Zoe Winthrop was 11th, Faith Davie 13th and Claire Winthrop 20th.

In the men’s race, Junior World Champion Ollie Davies was the highest-finishing Brit in ninth place ahead of Laurence Willows (44th), Mathi Avent (49th) and Richard Goldsworthy (50th).

Davies will head to the World Cup in Sweden this week while Sarsfield, Peters and Liz Stevenson head to Canada for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races. A further contingent of GB ski cross athletes will be in France for this week’s Europa Cup in Val Thorens.

 

Slide 2017 Online Registration Goes Live

Posted on 10/11/16 by Rare Management

With snow on the highest Scottish hills and in the Alps, winter has heralded its arrival and the wintersport industry is looking forward with anticipation to the season ahead.

Visitor registration for the UK’s national actionsport trade show, Slide, which takes place from 24-26 January 2017 at The International Centre in Telford, is now live online http://www.slideuk.co.uk/visitor-tickets/. Visitors are urged to prepare now by taking advantage of preferential hotel rates that have been negotiated. Booking info is here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/hotels/

 Almost 80 companies, representing around 200 different brands, have booked up for Slide, to show their products for next winter. Visitors can contact exhibitors to make appointments through the exhibitor listing http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-list/

Confirmed exhibitors have filled 90% of the space available at Slide, but there’s still a good choice of stand locations and sizes on offer for exhibitors who want to take advantage of reaching all the key snowsport buyers under one roof.

Booking forms and current floorplans are on the website here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/exhibitor-booking/ or potential exhibitors can contact Slide organisers direct on slide@raremanagement.co.uk

 In addition to the biggest range of wintersport products in the UK, Slide also plays host to the SIGB AGM and Open Forum after the show closes on Wednesday 25th Jan, where all aspects of the trade are up for discussion. The ‘best in show’ Slide Awards are also announced/presented during this gathering, as is the announcement of the SIGB Foundation Award – funding awarded to the most deserving snowsport charity.

The evening of Tuesday 24th January will see a re-match at Ten Pin Telford. While competition is fierce for some, most just enjoy throwing a few bowls, socialising with friends and colleagues and making the most of the low cost drinks and complementary food.

Further information on the show is available on the slide website: http://www.slideuk.co.uk

Shaping the Future of Snowsport: Snowsport England invites all to 2016 Club and Facilities Conference

Posted on 18/05/16 by Rare Management

Snowsport clubs, slopes, and a range of other skiing and snowboarding organisations from across the country will come together this June to help shape the future of snowsports at Snowsport England’s annual Clubs and Facilities Conference.

Held on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at Sportpark in Loughborough, industry partners who want to have a say in how domestic snowsports can be developed, and has ideas on how the country’s clubs and facilities can play even more of a role are invited to attend.

The day is a chance to network, share ideas and best practice, as well as discussing or simply listening into discussions about future initiatives and campaigns. The Conference will also give organisations the chance to hear about how the imminent changes in government funding of sport and the possible impact on snowsports.

Highlights of the 2016 Conference include an update from Sport England, which will focus on their new strategy for sport, funding and youth segmentation followed by a discussion on how the snowsports industry can capitalise on these changes. Followed by a networking lunch, the afternoon will see young talented athletes address the room, before an update from Snowsport England on future activities and a chance to explore how the industry can work together to increase snowsports participation.

Jan Doyle from Snowsport England, said of the day: “The Club and FacilitIes Conference is as always a key date in the Snowsport England calendar. It is one of the few opportunities when all our key stakeholders come together to discuss how we can move forward as an industry and work together to help shape the future of our industry. We invite all clubs, slopes and other interested parties to attend.”

As well as clubs, artificial slopes and indoor snow centres, anyone interested in attending the Club and Facility Conference can register HERE. The day begins at 9.30am and is complimentary for Snowsport England stakeholders.

Conclusion of British Schoolgirls Races 2016

Posted on 27/01/16 by Rare Management

The second and final day of the British Schoolgirls races saw the Slalom race taking place on the Celiste piste before the evening Awards Ceremony. Over two fantastic days of racing, the sun was shining both days, bringing smiles to the faces of all 132 girls.

BSR Slalom

In today’s Slalom, the overall prize was won by Under 16 racer Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A, in second place was Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A and Genevieve Baird from Loretto A took third.

Overall winner Cerys Gorringe said: “I was so happy I could win something for my school as that was the most important thing for me. Even though I have been training really hard this year, it was still a complete surprise to beat so many girls older than me. I had hoped to do well, but I didn’t expect to do as well as I did.

“I still do some training at Snozone Milton Keynes on Sunday’s and during the school holidays, but I can’t take much time off from school. During the holidays I will train in Val d’Isere and in the summer and autumn with the Kandahar Ski Club.”

The Best Overall School prize went to Reeds A with NLCS A finishing in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Wycombe Abbey A taking second spot and Godolphin & Latymer A in third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers was Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Alexandra Lilywhite for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

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Giselle (left) and Cerys (right) Gorringe

 

For the unregistered racers, many of whom don’t ski race regularly, Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A took top spot for the U21s, Gabriella Jabre from St Mary’s Ascot was the winner for the U18s, Sophia Dyvlk Henke from Godolphin & Latymer won for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A took the win for the U14s.

BSR Giant Slalom

The results from yesterday’s GS were also announced at the Awards Ceremony. Taking the overall GS prize was British Team racer Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Giselle Gorringe also from NLCS A taking third.

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Genevieve Baird

 

Overall winner Genevieve Baird said: “I am very very happy with my GS result. I could have done better in the slalom, but GS is definitely my stronger discipline. The girls who beat me in the slalom are great skiers though, so I am really happy. I am hoping to keep on progressing. I have the English Alpine Champs in a few weeks, so hopefully will score some points there. It is so nice to race with teammates and to be with the other girls and enjoy the experience together. Its nice to talk about it at school and bring back memories.”

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Lucia Guiterrez from Francis Holland A for the U14s.

Loretto A took the GS Shield for the Best School, with NLCS A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by Godolphin & Latymer A with St Marys Ascot A taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

BSR Parallel Slalom

In the Parallel Slalom, the Ladies’ Ski Club Junior Challenge Cup was won by Surbiton High A with Reeds A taking second place.

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Surbiton High A

 

BSR Combined

There are also Combined prizes (the GS and Slalom times combined together) across all age categories. The overall Combined winner was Genevieve Baird from Loretto A, with Cerys Gorringe from NLCS A taking second and Alexandra Lilywhite from Reeds A taking third.

Taking the age group wins for the registered racers were Emma Peters from Aiglon A for the U21s, Genevieve Baird for the U18s, Cerys Gorringe for the U16s and Giselle Gorringe for the U14s.

For the unregistered racers, the winners were Alice Taylor from St Mary’s Ascot A for the U21s, Joanna Kalderon from Godolphin & Latymer A for the U18s, Storm Halstrop from Downe House A for the U16s and Madeline Points from Wycombe Abbey A for the U14s.

NLCS A took the Combined top spot for the Best School, with Loretto A in second and Aiglon A in third. The prize for the best unregistered team was won by St Marys Ascot A with Godolphin & Latymer taking second spot and Wycombe Abbey A in third.

The Best B Team went to Surbiton High B with Reeds B in second and Godolphin & Latymer B in third.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex (www.skiplex.co.uk) and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain (www.skiclub.co.uk), UVEX www.uvex-safety.co.uk, (www.mindthegapyear.com), Basecamp (www.basecampgroup.com), JDX (www.jdxconsulting.com) and MPI (www.mpibrokers.com).

All results can be found on www.britishschoolgirlsraces.co.uk shortly and you can follow BSR updates on @BSRaces on Twitter or British Schoolgirls Races on Facebook .

Slide Awards 2016 – The Winners!

Posted on 22/01/16 by Rare Management

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The Slide Awards recognise the hottest products for the 2016/17 winter season and acknowledge innovation in snowsports across three categories: Hardware, Software and Accessories. The awards are voted for by SIGB retail members, press and industry opinion leaders.

Slide 2016, which is showcasing next winter’s snowsports products for the first time, is organised by the Snowsport Industries of Great Britain (SIGB) and plays a key role in the retailer’s buying process as well as giving the snowsports trade first views of products from more than 220 brands.

Hardware: 

Brand: Lange

Product: XT 130 Freetour ski boot

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The Lange XT 130 Freetour ski boot was recognised as the stand out product in the Hardware category. The boot is lighter than an alpine boot, but despite having the same performance as a downhill boot, it has a range of ‘Freetour’ features including an ultra grip sole and pin binding inserts.

Scott Dobson from Lange said: “From Lange’s point of view this is a great accolade. We are happy that the judges have acknowledged the effort we have put in to develop ski boots over the last seven years. Lange is a premium boot brand and we feel that in the XT 130 Freetour we have a premium product that occupies the space between freeride and touring, a growing area of the market”.

 

Software: 

Brand: Head

Product: Quantum Jacket

Head-Quantum-Jacket

In the Software category, the Head Quantum Jacket was recognised for its innovative breathable outerwear. The EXO Phase technology sees near seam free construction and an advanced warp knitting technique means that breathability can be tailored to different parts of the body. In the Quantum jacket, open structures are positioned under the arms and centre of the back.

Matt Humphreys from Head said: “As a relative newcomer to the apparel market, it’s great that our technical innovations and products are recognised by the market.”

 

Accessories: 

Brand: Dragon Alliance

Product: Dragon X1 Goggle

Dragon-X1-Goggle

The Dragon X1 goggle features ‘Transitions’ lenses, which automatically change tints in response to changing sunlight and weather conditions. This technological innovation meant Dragon Alliance took the win in the accessories category. The ‘game changing goggle’ also combines the patented ‘Frameless Lens Technology’, pushing the versatility of the goggles to the next level.

Craig Smith at Dragon Alliance said: “As a brand with very core roots, it is great to be recognised for the second time this season by the wider wintersports market. The feedback we get from existing and new customers at Slide drives our continued investment in technical innovation such as our partnership with Transitions.”

British Schoolgirls Races return to Flaine in 2016

Posted on 09/12/15 by Rare Management

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The British Schoolgirls’ Races will return to Flaine for the 57th time this season, taking place on 25th & 26th January 2016.

The two-day event, which features racers from over 35 schools across the UK, is an important part of the British Alpine racing calendar, and has historically proved to be a breeding ground for young British talent, with Olympian Chemmy Alcott and Paralympic sight guide Charlotte Evans being previous competitors.

The British Schoolgirls’ Races have not only produced some of Britain’s best alpine skiing talent, they also play a vital role in giving aspiring racers the chance to be part of well-organised on snow races, which is important for growing confidence and giving the young racers valuable competitive experience.

The event is open to all UK schools and has racers from a range of age groups, including under 14s, under 16s and under 18s. All age groups compete in GS and Slalom races, and there is also the chance for schools to go head to head in Parallel Slalom – the most exciting race of the two days.

With most athletes arriving in time for the training day on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are full days of racing on the Calcite piste, with the final day culminating in the prize giving. As well as prizes for all races and age categories, there is also a bumper draw with prizes from all the British Schoolgirls’ Races sponsors.

British Schoolgirls’ Races organiser Anne Taylor said ahead of the event: “It is fantastic to see so many schools and so many aspiring young female racers heading out to Flaine for the Races. They are a fantastic place for the girls to get a true feeling for what real Alpine racing feels like, as well as it being a fun event for all involved.

“The two days are jam packed with racing, which the girls thrive on, but for spectators it is also a really social event with the race pistes being easy to access on foot or on skis. We are looking forward to returning to Flaine again in 2016 and we also owe a huge thank-you to all our partners and supporters who help make the event happen.”

For 2016, the British Schoolgirls’ Races will be supported by Gold Partner, Skiplex and Silver Partners, Ski Club of Great Britain, UVEX, ​MTGY, Basecamp and MPI.

Photo: Yoan Marot

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch visits Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre

Posted on 07/12/15 by Rare Management

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch visited Chatham Ski & Snowboard Centre last Friday where she met GB Paralympic Games gold medalist Charlotte Evans and English Park and Pipe skier Mike Rowlands, along with 30 pupils and teachers from Hempstead Junior School in Medway.

A keen skier herself, Tracey Crouch was impressed by the slope skills of the young skiers and wowed by the tricks of rising talent Mike Rowlands. She also learnt more about Snowsport England’s national snowsports programme, GO SKI GO BOARD, and the impact it has had on participation at UK slopes.

The Sports Minister’s visit followed the government’s pledge of increased funding for sport in the UK in the Autumn Statement, which was a timely announcement for a sport which has seen a rise in participation since the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

Tracey Crouch said on the day: “What we want is for people to have access to any sport they want to participate in, and that may well be a sport like skiing or snowboarding.

“It was great to meet Charlotte (Evans) and Mike (Rowlands), who is on the pathway to success in freestyle skiing. These are the guys who have started their trade here, and who have carried it on. I think it is brilliant, and it really does inspire the next generation to get involved and see it is on their doorstep.

“The cost of snowsports really is reasonable. You can come and ski here for just £6 and that includes all your equipment. I think skiing is an accessible sport and there really aren’t any barriers. People think they have to go away to do it, and it may be a costly affair, but what we are seeing is more people doing skiing and snowboarding on artificial slopes. This is what the success of Chatham is all about.

“I think it is really important to get people to use their local slopes. It is a great activity for schools, and something that can be done as an entire class. Certainly when I learnt to ski, we went down to the slope as a class, and learnt to ski and to fall over together. Getting children in when they are young and developing that love for it as well as developing commitment and determination is key.”

For more information about Snowsport England visit www.snowsportengland.org.uk, like Snowsport England on Facebook or follow @SnowsportEng on Twitter. For more information about GO SKI GO BOARD visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk.

Entries open for 20th English Alpine Championships in Bormio

Posted on 04/11/15 by Rare Management

Next February over 350 of the best English Alpine skiers will descend on Bormio, Italy for the 20th English Alpine Championships.

In what is set to be a week of top class racing and skiing camaraderie, top English skiers, ranging from Under 10s up to senior athletes, will battle out to become crowned English Champions across six days of racing in the famous Italian resort.

The Championships run from Saturday 13th to Friday 19th February 2016, commencing with the spectacular Opening Parade on the Saturday evening in the centre of Bormio. New for 2016 is the introduction of a FIS Super Combined race on the Thursday, and the Team Parallel Slalom returns on the Tuesday night under the floodlights, after two hugely successful years.

Organised by Snowsport England, entries to the Championships are now open across six categories: Senior, Junior, U16, U14, U12 and U10. Entry details can be found on the new English Alpine Championships website.

The English Alpine Championships continue to feature the rising stars of Alpine skiing in England, previously acting as a platform for the likes of Chemmy Alcott and Dave Ryding. A key event on the Alpine calendar, the Championships give athletes a fantastic opportunity to gain professional racing experience on world-class race pistes.

Snowsport England Chief Executive Tim Fawke said of the event: “We have moved from five days of racing back to six, which we hope will mean the Championships flow even better than in previous years. We have also introduced a Super Combined event for the first time, which is always an exciting event for the racers and supporters.

“We are delighted to be back in Bormio for the 8th time and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Championships. Bormio are incredible hosts and we look forward to racing again on the resort’s world-class pistes.”

For athletes and supporters, there will be the chance to test the latest Rossignol skis during the week. A range of skis will be available for testing at the bottom of the Alpina piste.

Snowsport England would like to thank the continued sponsorship and support of the event by main sponsors Rossignol, Vital and prize sponsors Ski Bartletts, Ski Bitz Ski Racing Supplies and

 

English Alpine Championships 2016 – Programme:

 

Saturday 13th February

Opening parade (p.m.)

 

Sunday 14th February

FIS NJR Slalom (U21/U18) (Stelvio)

U14/U16 Giant Slalom (Alpina)

 

Monday 15th February

FIS Slalom (Stelvio)

U10/U12 Giant Slalom (Alpina)

 

Tuesday 16th February

FIS NJR Giant Slalom  (U21/U18) (Alpina)

U14/U16 Super G (Stelvio)

Floodlit team Parallel Dual Slalom (Stelvio)

 

Wednesday 17th February

FIS Giant Slalom (Alpina)

U16/U14 Super G (Stelvio)

 

Thursday 18th February

FIS Super Combined (Stelvio)

U10/U12 Combi (Alpina)

 

Friday 19th February

FIS Super G (Stelvio)

U14/U16 Slalom (Alpina)

 

Photo: Racer Ready

Slide 2016 – online visitor registration now open

Posted on 03/11/15 by Rare Management

Slide, the wintersport tradeshow taking place at the Telford International Centre from 19-21 January 2016, run by SIGB (Snowsport Industries of GB) has had a strong start, with sales of stands on a par with last year, which represented a big expansion from the previous several years.

Lesley Beck, show organiser reflected, ‘For many specialist suppliers, Slide is a must-attend show, so they book as soon as possible to ensure they have the right stand space. With two and a half months to go, it’s realistic to anticipate that Slide will sell out again this year.’

As well as many regular exhibitors, there are a number of new ones and some returning to the show after an absence. Newcomers include Melon Optics, Big Balls Collective, Blitz Eyewear, Sunnycam and K-nit, while exhibitors returning after an absence include Man O’Leisure, Dirty Dog and Oakley.

The biggest increase in stand size from the last show is Poc who have more than doubled the size of their previous stand, but Columbia, The Riders Lounge, Buff, CMP, K2 and Lyon Equipment have all booked additional space to showcase their brands more effectively.

Online Visitor Registration Open – retailers, media and other industry aficionados can now register online for free access to Slide here

Full information on the show, such as opening times, exhibitor list with contact details and deals on hotel accommodation are also on the Slide website.

 Current exhibitors:

Amer Sports, Salomon, Atomic / Arctic Fox / ASI Ltd / Barts / Bergans of Norway / Big Balls Collective / Black Diamond / Blitz Active Eyewear / Bolle, Cébé / Buff® Headwear / CMP / Columbia, Sorel / Dahu / Dakine / Dare 2b / Dirty Dog Eyewear / Dynastar, Lange, Look UK / Faction, Roxy / Falke / Fall-Line / First Ascent (UK) Ltd / Fischer / Groove Armada Ltd / Head UK / Hestra / Hytrade / Intelligent Retail / K-nit / K2 Ski / K2 Snowboard, Ride / Kastle / Killtec / Kymira Sport / Line, Full Tilt / Lyon Equipment / Madison / Man O’Leisure Ltd / Manbi, Salice, Olang / Marchon Sports / Melon Optics / Mountain Boot Company / Noble Custom, Ortovox / Nordica, Tecnica, Lowa, Point 6 / Oakley UK / Odlo / Patagonia / Picture / Planks Clothing / Poc / PrAna / Protest / Reusch UK / Rojo / Rosker Ltd / Rossignol / Scott Sports / Sidas UK / SnoKart / Steiner Outdoor / Sunnycam / Superfeet UK / Sweet Protection / Teko, Dynafit, BCA / Telegraph Ski & Snowboard / The Riders Lounge / Thirtytwo / Thule / Tran Am Ltd / Trespass / Ultra Sport EU / Völkl, Marker, Dalbello / Wigwam / Zeal Optics

 

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