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Ryding and Taylor fired up for slalom season-opener

Posted on 16/11/18 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 season is starting to heat up with more action throughout the week and over the weekend. Earlier in the week there was Para Snowboard World Cup action in Landgraaf, the Alpine World Cup continues this weekend in Levi while the Cross Country team is in Norway for the traditional season-opening races in Beitostolen.

FIS Alpine World Cup, Levi FIN – Sunday 18 November

Olympians Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will open their 2018/19 campaigns in Finland on Sunday when the first World Cup slalom race of the season takes place in Levi, Finland.

Last year’s season-opener was a mixed one for three-time Olympian Ryding who led the field through the first run and was on track for his second career podium before skiing out midway through the second run.

Levi has proved somewhat of a happy hunting ground for Ryding who scored a sixth-place finish in 2016 and has two Europa Cup top tens to his credit at the venue.

The 31-year-old who recorded two top 10 results at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, is confident of putting in a good performance on the back of a strong pre-season.

“There is a bit of unfinished business, but I try not to dwell on it too much. Last year is done and you’ve got to move on, but we’re in a pretty solid place right now,” said Ryding.

“It’s the first race of the season so you don’t know where everyone else is at, but I’ve had a good preparation – no massive differences to what we’ve done in the past but I feel better in the body which is good.”

For the first time in a long time Ryding has had a teammate alongside him throughout the off-season with Taylor gearing up for his first full World Cup campaign. Having made the flip into the top 30 on his Olympic debut in February, the 22-year-old is on the verge of taking his next big step in the sport and has been a positive influence in the British camp.

“I’ve been doing it on my own for the last seven years, so I didn’t know what it was going to be like having Laurie around, whether it would effect the way we do things but it’s been the opposite – I’m grateful he’s here with me now,” said Ryding. “He’s a good guy, he does what he needs to do and has the right focus.”

The FIS Alpine World Cup men’s slalom from Levi will be broadcast on Eurosport UK and Eurosport Player on Sunday at 9am (first run) and 12pm (second run).

 

Photo: Vanessa Fry

FIS Cross Country Races, Beitostolen NOR – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November

While this weekend’s cross country event in Beitostolen is not a World Cup, the entire Norwegian national team are vying for World Cup selection which brings a high standard of competition and provides the British contingent a good idea of where they are at going into the start of a long 2018/19 campaign.

Andrew Musgrave led the British charge in today’s classic races, finishing seventh in the men’s 15km amongst a field laden with Olympic medallists. Andrew Young finished 31st out of 146 starters, while Annika Taylor was the leading Brit in the ladies’ 10km in 21st; Nichole Bathe was 33rd.

Tomorrow’s skate sprint will feature all four of today’s competitors as well as James Clugnet while Musgrave, Young, Clugnet and Taylor are scheduled to start Sunday’s 10km/15km skate races.

 

IPC Para Snowboard World Cup, Landgraaf NED – Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 November

On Wednesday, PyeongChang Paralympian James Barnes-Miller opened the World Cup season with a fourth-place finish in Landgraaf, just 0.11sec away from a first-ever podium in snowboard banked slalom (upper-limb impairment). He also recorded a top 10 finish yesterday in yesterday’s second race.

In the lower-limb impairment 2 category, Andy MacLeod made his World Cup debut and scored a ninth-place finish on Wednesday amongst a field stacked with Paralympians. He finished further back in the field in Thursday’s race but proved he has what it takes to cut it at the top level.

The snowboard results continue a strong run of British form in Landgraaf after 15-year-old visually-impaired skier Nick Simpson (and sighted guide, brother Andrew Simpson) finished first and third in a pair of Europa Cup slalom races last week.

2Pure widen their horizons

Posted on 15/11/18 by Rare Management

Scotland’s fast-growing outdoor equipment specialist, 2Pure has announced that it has acquired technical climbing and mountaineering distributor, Allcord, in a move which will strengthen 2Pure’s position as a distributor of premium brands.

All aspects of the two businesses are complementary, including the customer bases, senior management and brands. The combined company will employ 35 people. All staff are being retained and no jobs are bing lost as a result of the acquisition. The company will represent top international brands and supply equipment to retailers throughout the UK and EU.

Allcord, currently based in Livingston, has been a leading wholesaler distributor of specialist brands for the outdoor sports, climbing and mountaineering market, as well as a leading supplier of industrial safety equipment, for more than 35 years.

George Bowie, CEO of 2Pure said the move was an ‘exciting step’ in 2Pure and Allcord’s development and is backed by private equity company Coralinn LLP, the investment vehicle of entrepreneur Hugh Stewart and owner of Allcord.

Big (Air) Macs Set To Launch In Modena

Posted on 02/11/18 by Rare Management

The 2018/19 FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cups continue this weekend in Italy with the second Big Air competitions of the season following September’s event in Cardrona, New Zealand.

The Skipass trade industry event in Modena is celebrating its 25th anniversary and will this year also host the World Cup on the biggest jump ever constructed in Italy.

The GB Park & Pipe team will be represented by the McCormick brothers, with Matt competing in Saturday’s Snowboard competition while younger brother Chris will line up on Sunday for the Ski Big Air.

Matt McCormick has been one of the busiest athletes on the GB Park & Pipe squad over the past two seasons, competing in 14 World Cups including five in 2017/18. Matt’s acceleration to the upper echelon of the sport saw him travel with the Winter Olympic team to PyeongChang as a reserve in February.

In the corresponding event last year (held in Milan) the 21-year-old was seventh in his heat (and 19th overall), just two places outside what would have been a maiden World Cup Final appearance. He has three World Cup top-20s to his credit, including two in Big Air.

Brother Chris, 20, won the national Ski Big Air and Slopestyle titles at The BRITS earlier this year and had a breakthrough season in 2017/18 when he had his first taste of World Cup action.

He made the first of his four Slopestyle World Cup appearances in Cardrona, New Zealand, going on to record his best result at Seiser Alm, Italy in March where he was 31st.

Following a summer training block in Australia which included victory in a FIS event at Perisher, Saturday will mark Chris’ first World Cup start in Big Air.

The finals of both events will be broadcast on Eurosport UK from Saturday 5:30pm (Snowboard) and Sunday 4pm (Ski).

 

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Meanwhile, the accolades keep coming for Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe who last night won The Times & Sunday Times Disability Sportswoman of the Year Award.

The PyeongChang gold medallists beat out a quality field of Paralympic and World champions who were all victorious at this year’s Commonwealth Games: Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott (track cycling), Alice Tai (swimming), Sophie Hahn (athletics) and Hollie Arnold (athletics).

It will be a big 24 hours for the pair who today receive their MBEs from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle.

Olympic bronze medal-winning freestyle skier Izzy Atkin was nominated in the Young Sportswoman of the Year category which was won by golfer Georgia Hall, this year’s British Open champion.

 

30 Days of Snowsport brings multiple opportunities to try skiing and snowboarding across England this October

Posted on 20/09/18 by Rare Management

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Snowsport England’s season-starting participation initiative, 30 Days of Snowsport (www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk), begins in less than two weeks time, giving people the opportunity for try snowsports or get their ski legs back for free or at discounted prices at venues across the UK.

Returning for its fifth year, 30 Days of Snowsport begins on 1st October until the 30th October with activities on offer throughout the month at indoor ski centres, dry slopes, snowsports clubs and roller ski venues. With more sessions likely to be added, there are already 300 sessions on offer up and down the country.

In 2017, 30 Days of Snowsport saw over 6000 people take advantage of 98 free or discounted sessions at 20 different venues or clubs. It is hoped even more people will get involved in 2018, with the campaign growing in numbers year on year since it started in 2014.

For complete beginners there are ski and snowboard beginner and taster sessions throughout October at the Chill Factore in Manchester, ‘Learn to Ski & Snowboard’ sessions at SnowDome in Tamworth every day of the month, a free taster day at the North Staffordshire Ski Club on 13th October and ‘Try Roller Skiing’ days at Dorney Lake in Eton on 14th October.

There is also an open session at the Manchester Cross Country Ski Club on 20th October and roller skiing sessions in West Yorkshire throughout October.  There are open ski sessions at Chatham Ski and Snowboard Centre on 20th and 21st October and taster and open sessions at Kendal Ski Club throughout October.

As well as taster sessions, 30 Days of Snowsport events include open days, races, competitions and freestyle events. On 6th October, there is the Futures Project at Kendal Ski Club, a day run by the GP Park and Pipe team aimed at aspiring freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

To find your nearest session or event visit www.30daysofsnowsport.org.uk

The initiative is part of a series of Snowsport England initiatives aimed at getting more people into skiing and snowboarding. Next April, National Schools Snowsport Week will again get school children on the slopes and GO SKI GO BOARD (www.goskigoboard.org.uk) continues to be the hub of everything to do with getting into snowsports. The website includes a guide on getting into skiing e and snowboarding, a slope map, a club & activity finder and information on getting into competitive snowsports.

If you want to get involved or become a partner in any of Snowsport England’s initiatives, contact info@snowsportengland.org.uk.

 

Strong ski halfpipe results boost GB to 4th overall in World Juniors

Posted on 04/09/18 by Rare Management

Great Britain has wrapped up its Freeski Junior World Championships campaign with four more top 10 results to round out an outstanding overall performance from the squad.

While Kirsty Muir (9th) and Connie Brogden (10th) just missed out on the female halfpipe final, Zoe Atkin qualified through to the last eight and finished seventh earlier today in her only event in New Zealand.

In the male ski halfpipe, Sam Ward and Sam Gaskin both finished inside the top 10 to qualify for today’s 12-man final. Ward ultimately finished in eighth place for the best-ever British male ski halfpipe result at World Juniors, while Gaskin was 11th.

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The Marc Hodler Trophy is awarded to the overall champion nation throughout the Junior World Championships. The freestyle skiing trophy incorporated carryover points from April’s Moguls Junior Worlds in Sweden.

On the back of 12 top ten results in New Zealand – including ski cross medals to Ollie Davies (1st) and Elliane Hall (3rd) – and two more moguls top tens, Great Britain stamped its credentials as one of the best all-round nations.

Russia were the standout winners on 121 points ahead of USA in second (97pts). Japan (58pts) won a tight race for third, while strong halfpipe results today saw Great Britain (55pts) leapfrog highly-fancied Sweden (53pts) and Canada (48pts) to rise from sixth to fourth place.

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Great Britain Results

Male Ski Big Air: 13th Jasper Klein*, 15th Sam Ward, 17th Thomas Greenway, 32nd Felix Klein
Female Ski Big Air: 4th Kirsty Muir*

Male Ski Slopestyle: 21st Jasper Klein, 22nd Thomas Greenway, 27th Felix Klein, 39th Sam Ward
Female Ski Slopestyle: 7th Kirsty Muir, 8th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Halfpipe: 8th Sam Ward*, 11th Sam Gaskin
Female Ski Halfpipe: 7th Zoe Atkin, 9th Kirsty Muir, 10th Connie Brogden

Male Ski Cross: 1st Ollie Davies*, 11th Jonathan Bingham, 12th Seb Ison, 16th Mathieu Avent
Female Ski Cross: 3rd Elliane Hall*, 4th Emma Peters, 5th Zoe Winthrop, 7th Faith Davie

Male Snowboard Cross: 39th Douglas Green, 42nd Huw Nightingale

* denotes best-ever British result at World Junior Championships

 

UK Sport increases funding for snowsport

Posted on 04/07/18 by Rare Management

Izzy Atkin - bronze medalist

British Ski & Snowboard has welcomed the continued UK Sport funding commitment for Winter Olympic and Paralympic snowsports following today’s World Class Programme investment announcement.

Coming off the back of Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics earlier this year in PyeongChang, UK Sport has confirmed around £24 million in funding for the Beijing 2022 cycle.

Investment of £6.75 million as gone towards British Ski & Snowboard, an increase of around 31% from the PyeongChang cycle, while Parasnowsports will receive up to £3.5 million, up 26%.

In the previous funding cycle, investment was made specifically to the highly regarded park and pipe programme which has generated three Olympic medals over the last two campaigns.

However the investment in snowsports leading into Beijing will be much broader, focussing on more disciplines, more programmes and more athletes than ever before.

“This is great news for all of our sports and of course the athletes themselves,” said Vicky Gosling OBE, British Ski & Snowboard CEO. “It is not only a sign of the progression British snowsports has made in recent years, it also shows UK Sport believe we will continue to generate more Olympic medals on snow, something that hadn’t even been achieved before 2014.”

“Our aim is to be one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030, and we need to be competitive across a range of disciplines if we are going to get there. Over the course of the next four years we’re going to see more investment across more sports, while ensuring our park and pipe programme remains right up there with the best in the world.

“There’s a lot of hard work still to be done, but we’re already getting the right programmes and coaching structures in place to set ourselves up for the best chance of success.”

SIGB Update 79

Posted on 12/06/18 by Rare Management

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Living in a Winter Wonderland

What a winter that was: great snow in the Alps and in Scotland – there was even some sliding to be had in the less usual parks, gardens and hills throughout the English countryside.
But all good things must come to an end, and with the May bank holiday behind us, the vast majority of resorts (barring those with glaciers) have closed for the season.

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Pyeongchang and Team GB

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The biggest winter sport events this past season was, of course, the Olympic Games – and what a Games we had:

Team GB selected 59 athletes from 11 sports for the Games, the most that Great Britain has ever taken to an Olympic Winter Games. In terms of snowsports, a total of 25 athletes were selected to compete across alpine, cross county, freestyle and snowboard disciplines, again a record number.

Great Britain won a total of 5 medals; two of which were snowsport medals. Our snowsport Olympic medallists deserve our warmest congratulations and also our thanks for helping to bring snowsports to the attention of the general public.

So let’s namecheck our champions:

Izzy Atkin, Bronze Medallist in Ski Slopestyle
Billy Morgan, Bronze Medallist in Snowboard Big Air and closing ceremony flagbearer.

As part of Team GB, there were a host of other top athletes who battled for medals. Congratulations to all our Olympic athletes for making it to world class level and competing for Olympic medals under the GB banner.

Paralympics

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The Paralympics followed, with great success, especially from our visually impaired skiers, who racked up an impressive 7 medals.

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe won gold in Slalom, Silver in Giant Slalom and Super Combined and Bronze in Super G.

Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild won a brace of Silver medals in Downhill and Super G, with a Bronze in Slalom.

Slide 2018

In other news, the UK’s trade events, namely Slide and the SIGB Ski Test also went off well.
Although no Olympic medals were awarded, Slide did celebrate the best products in the Slide Awards, with the winners being:

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Hardware: Salomon S/Lab Shift Hybrid Binding
Software: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody
Accessories: Bolle Nevada Goggle – Phantom+ technology

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Fresh Brand for newcomers or returners to Slide: Nikwax BaseFresh

More details on the winners are here: http://www.slideuk.co.uk/show-features/
Further information on Slide is available on the show website.

Galtur 2018

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The SIGB Ski Test relocated to a new venue in 2018, Galtur in Tirol. Conditions were fabulous, the location ideal – and an enormously successful test was enjoyed by some 130 testers from 5 media organisations and 25 retailers. Thanks are due to the 22 ski and associated brands that helped make it all happen.
With barely a moment to breathe, the first 2018/19 products, such as boots have already begun arriving at some stores. Roll on next winter!

Diary dates for next year:
Slide 2019:

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Slide, 22-24 January 2019, taking place at Telford International Centre. Full details and booking forms for 2019 will be available around July.

Ski Test 2019:

Avoiding busy holiday times is important to maintain the quality of the test, support from resorts and accommodation prices, so details are yet to be finalised. We’ll let you know when all details have been confirmed.

 

BASI announces Avalanche uniform sponsorship for BASI National Education Team 2018 – 2022

Posted on 15/05/18 by Rare Management

BASI announces Avalanche uniform sponsorship for BASI National Education Team 2018 – 2022

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Avalanche clothing and BASI have confirmed a sponsorship partnership for BASI’s National Education Team as they make their preparations for the World Interski Congress in Pamporovo, Bulgaria in March 2019. Avalanche will sponsor the team uniform (jacket, pants and mid layer puffer) in a sponsorship package worth £26,700 (RRP).

Avalanche is one of the leading brands of professional ski uniforms across Europe. Their gear is designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions and they have supplied the BASI trainers’ uniform since 2014. As BASI’s team uniform sponsors for World Interski 2015, Great Britain was one of the best dressed nations on and off the mountain and the striking white and blue uniform turned heads and attracted considerable comment from other nations.  The new Avalanche – BASI World Interski 2019 uniform will be unveiled at the end of 2018 and we know it’s going to turn heads again in Pamporovo.

Roy Henderson, BASI’s NET Manager said:

“Avalanche produce bespoke technical uniforms that look great and are hugely practical and comfortable to wear. We are grateful for their continued support. Having a uniform with a high visual impact that performs well and looks good gives confidence to the team’s overall performance, not to mention morale.”

The National Education Team expect to take delivery of their new Avalanche uniforms towards the end of 2018.

Leanora Jones-Parry, Avalanche’s UK Sales Agent commented:

“Avalanche is delighted to be supporting BASI’s National Education Team at one of the snowsports industries most prestigious events and we wish BASI a hugely successful event.

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BASI National Education Team 2018 – 2022 – dressed by Avalanche

Contact Avalanche by Zone Alpine Pro for your affiliated ski school or organisation.

Mobile: 07734907142

leanora@zonealpinepro.com

Or visit our European professional website www.zonealpinepro.com

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Further Information on World Interski Congress 2019 and the National Education Team.

BASI Staff Contacts: Tania Alliod + 44 (0)1479 780013 or Roy Henderson + 44 (0)1479 861717

BASI National Education Team Members 2018 – 2022

Dave Morris, Ben Arkley, Amanda Pirie, James Lister, James Bennett, Giles Lewis, Kevin Edwards, Jaz Lamb (Coach), Jas Bruce, Mark Jones, Lynn Mill, Lesley Page, Rupert Tildesley, Rupert Goldring, Tom Waddington, Roy Henderson (Manager)

The Role of BASI’s National Education Team

The role of NET is not simply to do some great synchronized ski demos at the World Congress but to work with the BASI training manager and other BASI trainers over the four year project cycle to develop, improve and refine what we do around all BASI course content, delivery and assessment.  NET deliver at the trainers conference, they train the trainers, lead on the trainers quality assurance programme, develop and refine changes to our system, write and edit our training manuals and workbooks and present and test changes on the trainers and ultimately the membership.

History of Interski

Interski International was founded in Arlberg (Austria) in 1951 and every 4 years organises the biggest Snowsport Congress in the world. The Interski congress exists for the specific purpose of sharing knowledge and understanding  of ski teaching methodologies and techniques among Interski’s associated nations.

In the beginning, it was made up of only alpine countries, today it is made up of 37 nations, including Great Britain, represented by BASI

Futures Project invites the next generation

Posted on 23/04/18 by Rare Management

Futures Project invites the next generation
While the off-season may be upon us, up-and-coming skiers and snowboarders are being encouraged to get involved over the summer by taking part in the new Futures Project.

Set up as a collaboration between British Ski & Snowboard, Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales, Futures Project supports and encourages young people in the UK to get involved in snow sports in a fun and progressive way.

Made up of the Futures Snow Award and Futures Sessions, Futures Project is aimed at creating a consistent learning environment to better develop skiing or snowboarding skills in young people aged 6 to 18.

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“Futures Project is aligned with the ethos of the GB Park and Pipe team where the values of fun, passion, progression and collaboration are at the heart of everything we do,” said Lesley McKenna, Programme Manager of the GB Park and Pipe Team. “From a coaching standpoint, that means that first and foremost the session should be fun for the athletes and the coaches, and secondly that the session should be about learning and teaching individual goals.

“As long as people are having fun and learning new skills and tricks then everything else should be in working order.”

Future Snow Award is an award scheme that supports entry level and grassroots engagement in snow sports. It introduces a self-driven, skills-based approach to learning both on and off the snow through a series of steps.

The award scheme was launched at The Lecht Winter Games in February were 40 children were awarded their Step 1 badge. Click here to see a video from the first event.

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Throughout the upcoming summer months, Futures Snow Award is being piloted by UK dryslopes, snowdomes and snowboard schools including Snozone, Bearsden, Gloucester, Mint Snowboarding and Norfolk Dryslope amongst others.

In addition to the award scheme, Futures Sessions are coaching days which act as an entry point to the performance pathway, and is aimed at skiers and snowboarders aged 10 to 18 who already take part in snowsports. By promoting a consistent skills-based learning environment throughout the country, the sessions will blend participation and performance and give sight to the next level of the pathway whilst remaining inclusive and open to all.

A standardised price will be charged to the athlete for all Futures Sessions which will be taking place at slopes such as Halifax, Gloucester, Kendal, Cardiff, Kidsgrove with Ellis Brigham and The Snowboard Asylum supporting some of the dates this summer with demo kit and BBQ fun.

“The Futures Project allows those who want to engage in snowsports the choice of all Olympic disciplines with a framework to progress at their own rate, in their chosen environments – abroad or at home – on and off the hill,” said Mark Ritchie, BSS Head of Talent.

“This project also gives BSS the opportunity to connect our disciplines, the home nations and the snowsports community and industry as a whole.”

To see the Futures Sessions Summer 2018 programme go to www.futuresproject.co.uk or http://www.facebook.com/futuresprojectuk

 

Packed day rounds out 2018 Championships

Posted on 06/04/18 by Rare Management

Packed day rounds out 2018 Championships

The postponement of events on Thursday led to a jam-packed program today as the 2018 Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships wrapped up in Tignes.

The Under 14s and 16s both competed in Giant Slalom with the results also determining the overall champions, while the U10s and U12s competed in the pro slalom.

The U16 Giant Slalom was a Team Evolution one-two with Jack Cunningham (1:32.66) getting the edge over Robert Holmes (1:33.91) in a repeat of their head-to-head battle in Monday’s Super G, while BSA’s Diaco Abrishami (1:34.91) was third.

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Jack Cunningham © Racer Ready

Cunningham claimed the Ski Council of Wales Trophy for today’s win, however after recording a DNF in the Wednesday’s Slalom, it was Holmes who was crowned U16 Combined Champion and lifted the Ski Plan Trophy after a win and two second place finishes this week.

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Robert Holmes © Racer Ready

“At the start of the week I just came here to ski well, not looking for the results – just to ski well, technically,” said Holmes. “All week I’ve skied well. The Super G I skied really well, maybe things went against me a bit; the slalom – what a day – it couldn’t have gone any better.

“And then the GS, I was only aiming for a top five because it’s my weakest discipline.

“I was amazed to come out first run with second and I just had to maintain it to win the overall. I wouldn’t have thought I could have done it at the start of the week.”

The U16 Giant Slalom witnessed a dominant title defence by Daisi Daniels (BSA) who once again inscribed her name on the Hillend Salver. Daniels (1:33.32) won by more than two seconds from Ambition Racing’s Siena Horton (1:35.71) and Giselle Gorringe (1:37.09) from Dragons Alpine Ski Club.

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Daisi Daniels © Racer Ready

Despite two victories at the Championships, a DNF in the Slalom meant Daniels (200 pts) was unable to defend her U16 Combined title. Horton (205 pts) displayed more consistency over the week to earn the Coupe de la Municipalité de L’Alpe d’Huez, or Municipality of L’Alpe d’Huez Cup.

“It’s what I’ve wished for, and my whole four years here it’s always been the aim so it’s so lovely to finally have it,” said Horton of winning the overall title. “I wish that I could have maybe won in the slalom but reflecting back on it I’m really happy with how it’s gone.

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Siena Horton © Racer Ready

“[Daisi] skied so well. We’ve been neck-and-neck for the whole four years. She’s done amazing to win two [individual titles] as well, so it’s a shame for her I have to take the overall, but she’s done amazing.”

In the Under 14s, Isla Ward (Apex 2100) had been the dominant skier of the week and today she made it a perfect year with victory in the Giant Slalom. Isla (1:41.94) was more than two seconds clear of sister Erin Ward (1:44.30) with Mathilde Phillips (1:44.48) in third.

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Isla Ward © Racer Ready

Today’s victory earned Isla the Kandahar Ski Club Cup, and with a perfect record this week she was also the winner of the Lillywhite Cup as Combined Champion.

The U14 Boys Giant Slalom was taken out by Ambition Racing’s Jack Upton who won his second race of the week after his earlier victory in the Super G. Upton (1:40.28) was 0.01sec behind Team Evolution’s Kieran Woolley (1:40.55) after the first run but turned the tables on the second run to take out the title. Woolley finished second ahead of BSA’s George Black (1:42.38) who earned his second bronze medal of the week.

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Jack Upton © Racer Ready

Upton’s pair of victories scored enough points to be the Combined Champion and winner of the Schools Abroad Cup.

The final competition for the ‘minis’ this week saw the U10s and U12s take on the pro slalom course.

Maisie Blyth (SSC) and Molly Butler (BSA) could not be split by the clock as they shared the Giant Slalom earlier this week, but today Blyth (30.54) had the edge. She beat home Butler (31.18) who has a full set of medals this week after gold in the GS and bronze in the Combi, while India Parker-Swift was third (32.24).

The U12 Boys event was won by Freddy Carrick-Smith who claimed his second title of the week. Carrick-Smith (30.32) – who won the Giant Slalom on Monday before winning Combi bronze on Wednesday – beat home Ambition’s Lewis Calder (31.02) who was fractionally ahead of BSA’s Jack Cox (31.04).

The U10 Girls Pro Slalom saw Lucy O’Connor win her second title of the week after she was victorious in the Combi on Wednesday. O’Connor (30.54) finished ahead of BSA’s Brooke Baxter (32.95) while ATC’s Tia Lilly Freshwater (33.83) was third.

Hamish Blyth (SSC) can lay claim to being the most dominant mini skier at this year’s event after he was the only U10 or U12 to be undefeated in all three races. Blyth (30.81) won by more than a second from BSA’s Matthew Butler (32.16) while Samuel Preston was third.

At the conclusion of the Children’s Championships, the following overall club and team titles were decided:

Cairngorm Quaich (Best named U16 Boys Team) – Team Evolution
Dolphin Ski Club Cup (Best named U16 Girls Team) – Ambition Racing
Alpbach Visitors Ski Club Cup (Best named U14 Boys Team) – no qualified teams
Kandahar Ski Club Cup (Best named U14 Girls Team) – Kandahar
Tornes Trophy (Best U16 Club) – BSA
Rose and Thistle Cup (Best U14 Club) – Apex 2100
 

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