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Posted on 19/03/18 by Rare Management
Podiums across Europe for British skiers
The World Cup season is almost at an end but there was no let up for British skiers and snowboarders competing across Europe in alpine, cross country, freestyle, telemark and speed skiing.
And it was a successful series of results across the board with three World Cup podiums, three Europa Cup podiums amongst a host of top 10 performances.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Friday 16 March – Seiser Alm ITA
Britain’s slopestyle stars were at it again in their final World Cup of the season with Izzy Atkin and James Woods both earning podium finishes in Seiser Alm on Friday.
Olympic bronze medallist Atkin had to launch a second run charge to qualify for the top eight on Wednesday and she showed similar poise to come through the field in the final. Sitting seventh after the first run, Atkin sent down the best second run of the competition to score 80.40.
She then watched on as the next six skiers failed to pass her score and she took second place behind Caroline Claire (USA 84.00) while Canada’s Yuki Tsubota was third (80.00).
Not to be outdone, James Woods closed out season 2017/18 with another podium appearance after starting his campaign with victory in New Zealand back in August.
Woods was fourth after the initial final runs but jumped up to second with a score of 89.20, sitting just adrift of Andri Ragettli (SUI 91.20). However Olympic silver medallist Nick Goepper (USA) came through on the last run of the competition with a score of 92.60 to take top spot on the podium.
“To finish off the World Cup season with two podiums, especially after the busy year with the Olympics, it’s sort of been a dream end to this chapter,” said head coach Pat Sharples. “The whole team have showed consistency at the highest level all year and have gone on to earn World Cup, X-Games and Olympic medals.
“I’m super proud of everyone from the athletes and coaches to the support staff who’ve all worked so hard to get us to where we are.”
FIS Telemark World Cup – Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March – Rjukan NOR
Jasmin Taylor started the penultimate Telemark World Cup of the season with fifth and equal-ninth placings, but she made amends on Friday and Saturday with a pair of podium finishes.
In Friday’s parallel sprint, Taylor won through her opening two races to set up a semi-final against Beatrice Zimmerman (SUI), however Taylor unfortunately recorded a DNF and was relegated to the small final. The 24-year-old turned it around quickly to then defeat Guro Helde Kjoelseth (NOR), finishing third and claiming her 12th podium of the season.
On Saturday Taylor marked her 100th World Cup race by finishing third in the sprint, recording her 14th top three finish from 18 races this season.
Taylor now has 21 career World Cup podiums, eight behind British record-holder Jilly Curry (freestyle skiing, 29 podiums 1987-1994).
Robert Houstoun also raced in Rjukan over the weekend, competing in his first World Cup races in more than two years. He failed to make the round of 32 in Thursday or Friday’s parallel sprint and was 37th in Wednesday’s sprint.
The World Cup Finals take place from Wednesday to Sunday this week in Mürren, Switzerland.
FIS Cross Country World Cup – Friday 16 to Sunday 18 March – Falun SWE
Andrew Musgrave finished the World Cup season with a 29th-place finish in the mini-tour at Falun over the weekend.
The result saw him finish 2017/18 ranked 22nd on the overall World Cup standings, and 14th on the distance rankings. Both are career-bests for Musgrave who was 23rd overall last season and 18th in distance.
The 28-year-old was 40th in Friday’s sprint qualifying before finishing 33rd in Saturday’s 15km classic mass start. He then ranked 34th going into yesterday’s 15km free pursuit, recording the 30th-fastest time to move up five places overall.
Andrew Young had the best individual race result out of the four British team members, qualifying for the top 30 in Friday’s sprint and only narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-finals to be ranked 16th. He went on to finish 63rd overall.
James Clugnet was again competitive in the sprint, missing the top 30 by less than two seconds. He completed the mini-tour 78th out of 91 starters while Callum Smith did not finish Saturday’s classic race.
FIS Snowboard World Cup – Friday 16 & Saturday 17 March – Veysonnaz SUI
Four-time Olympian Zoë Gillings-Brier wound back the clock at the World Cup finals in Veysonnaz, recording her best result in more than four years.
Gillings-Brier qualified 15th-fastest on Friday, then on Saturday finished third in her quarter-final to move into the top 12. She was then fifth in the semis, and while she was relegated to the small final, she finished third to earn a ninth-place finish.
It is Gillings-Brier’s best result since finishing eighth at Veysonnaz in March 2014 and marked her 40th World Cup top ten.
FIS Snowboard World Cup – Friday 16 & Saturday 17 March – Seiser Alm ITA
Three bright young hopes of British snowboarding made their slopestyle World Cup debuts on Friday.
In the first heat, Billy Cockrell put in a fantastic performance to record a score of 73.50, just 2.5 points away from qualifying for the final, and a 20th-place finish overall.
Fin Bremner (42nd) and Raymond Prentice (47th) were unable to land either of their runs but both earned World Cup points and will benefit from the experience of competing alongside some of the best in the business.
FIS Alpine World Cup – Sunday 18 March – Are SWE
Dave Ryding was hoping for the opportunity to record a big finish to his 2017/18 World Cup campaign, however Sunday’s slalom event at Are was cancelled due to high winds.
Ryding finishes the season ranked 11th overall in slalom, his second-best season after he was eighth in 2016/17.
His next appearance will be at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes later this month.
FIS Speed Skiing World Cup – Friday 16 & Saturday 17 March – Idre Fjäll SWE
Jan Farrell has moved his overall World Cup ranking up to fifth following a pair of strong results at the Speed Skiing World Cup in Sweden.
Farrell finished ninth on Friday and bettered that result to sixth on Saturday where his average speed of 177.12km/h was less than 4km/h from top spot on the podium.
The final Speed Skiing World Cups of the season will be at Grandvalira, Andorra in the first week of April.
FIS Freestyle Skiing Europa Cup – Friday 16 March – Airolo SUI
Thomas and Makyala Gerken Schofield’s first season on the World Cup circuit has paid dividends with the pair recording podium finishes in the Europa Cup event at Airolo on Friday.
Makayla was first to crack the top three when she was second in the single moguls before older brother Thomas made it a double by finishing third in the men’s event where Max Willis was eighth.
Thomas then stepped it up in the dual moguls later in the day where he was second in an event which highlighted the rising strength of British moguls, with Max Willis (6th) and Wil Willis (8th) also recording top 10 results.
Posted on 13/03/18 by Rare Management
Midweek World Cups kick off tomorrow
The World Cup season is approaching its climax but there are a host of British skiers and snowboarders still keen to make their mark, including Izzy Atkin who is making her first post-Olympic appearance.
Before the cross country and alpine seasons wrap up this weekend, there is ski and snowboard slopestyle in Italy and telemark returns to its birthplace in Norway.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Wednesday 14 & Friday 16 March – Seiser Alm ITA
The final ski slopestyle World Cup of the season starts tomorrow in Italy with the British contingent on hand showcasing a mix of youth and experience.
The squad will be led by Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin along with James Woods, who narrowly missed out on a podium finish in PyeongChang.
For Atkin, it will her first competition since creating history in Korea as the first British skier to win an Olympic medal. Woods competed at Silvaplana two weeks ago where he claimed yet another top ten finish, and he will be hoping to bookend 2017/18 with another strong result after winning the opening World Cup of the season in New Zealand back in August.
While Atkin is the only British representative in the ladies’ event, Woods will be joined by Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Felix Klein.
McCormick, 19, earned two Europa Cup top tens last season before making his World Cup debut in August with his best result coming at Stubai in November where he was 35th overall.
Booth, 20, competed in his first two World Cups in the back end of last year after earning a career-best fourth-place at the Livigno Europa Cup almost 12 months ago.
Klein, 17, will make his World Cup debut fresh from a top five finish in the Europa Cup big air competition a little over a week ago in Germany.
FIS Snowboard World Cup – Thursday 15 & Saturday 17 March – Seiser Alm IT
A crew of up-and-coming snowboarders will also be in Seiser Alm this week making their debuts in the final slopestyle World Cup of the season.
Fin Bremner, 18, was due to make his first World Cup appearance at Laax in January however the event was cancelled due to extreme conditions.
A little over 12 months ago Billy Cockrell, 19, was selected for the Junior World Championships and enters this event with a sole Europa Cup appearance to his credit last year.
Raymond Prentice is also expected to make his World Cup debut in Italy. Prentice celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday and enters the event on the back of a top five finish in a FIS big air event last month, ironically held on the same day Billy Morgan won his Olympic big air bronze medal.
FIS Telemark World Cup – Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March – Rjuken NOR
Jasmin Taylor is now up to 19 World Cup podium finishes and has more chances to close in on the British record of 29 this week.
Taylor will compete in four events over the coming days – two sprint and two parallel sprint races – at Rjuken, a town in the Norwegian county of Telemark, the birthplace of telemark skiing.
Taylor has finished on the podium in 11 of 14 World Cup races this season, has finished no worse than fifth and has won three of her past seven starts.
She is joined by 25-year-old Robert Houstoun who is competing in his first World Cup in two years, his last appearance also coming at Rjuken.
Houston has competed in 20 World Cup races since January 2014 and earlier this month finished 16th in a FIS sprint race in Switzerland.
Posted on 12/03/18 by Rare Management
Musgrave lights up Oslo ahead of World Cup finals
While the World Cup season is starting to slow down there was no lack of enthusiasm in Norway where a crowd estimated near 100,000 was on hand to witness an enthralling 50km race which Andrew Musgrave threatened to steal in the closing stages.
Along with Delancey British Alpine Ski team member Alex Tilley, the pair were the only British skiers to finish their events this weekend after a quartet of moguls skiers were beaten by the weather in Switzerland.
FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Oslo NOR
Andrew Musgrave was a true contender in one of the races of the season on Saturday when he was seventh in the 50km free in front of a massive crowd in Oslo.
In a race which became more tactical the longer it went, Musgrave was one of only a few riders in the top 25 which opted for new skis going into the last eight kilometres. While the choice cost him almost 20 seconds to the front-runners, the choice proved a masterstroke as he easily gained back the time, and with six kilometres to go was part of an elite seven-strong group which would decide the race.
Inside the closing stages, Musgrave was on par and attempting to dictate terms to an elite group which had collectively won six Olympic gold medals, five World Championships, 87 World Cup races and six Tour de Ski titles. He tried to force the issue and earn an advantage however he couldn’t quite gap the field and was reeled in by the pack before the final surge took place.
With just 800m remaining, less than a second separated the group before the final contenders drew away. After more than two hours of racing it was Swiss ace Dario Cologna who won by the barest of margins from Norway’s Martin Sundby, the pair finishing with the same time but Cologna got the nod in a photo finish.
Musgrave finished seventh with his efforts again proving why he is considered one of the best free skate technicians in the world.
The 28-year-old went into the race relaxed about his expectations with his focus predominantly on next week’s World Cup Finals, with the result a testament to his current form.
“Oslo has never been a course that has suited me, and I’d done a lot of training in the days before the race thinking more about getting into prime form for [World Cup] finals in Falun next week, than trying to peak this weekend, so the result was surprisingly good,” said Musgrave. “I think that led me going into the race a lot more relaxed than I normally would. I didn’t put any pressure on myself.
“There were 100,000 Norwegians crowded around the track, going absolutely wild for the two hours of racing. A lot of them spend the weekend camping in the woods, getting there early to make sure they get the best spots to watch from – it was an incredible atmosphere and I just went out there and enjoyed it.”
FIS Alpine World Cup – Friday 9 – Ofterschwang GER
Alex Tilley again showed signs of her true potential when she finished 23rd in the World Cup giant slalom in Germany on Friday.
The PyeongChang Olympian took the final qualifying place after the first run, finishing 3.20 seconds off the lead in 30th place.
Seeded as first to go in the second run, Tilley’s time ultimately ranked seventh amongst all competitors – less than half a second off the fastest time – lifting her to 23rd overall.
It is Tilley’s seventh-best career result and her third-highest giant slalom finish this year.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Airolo SUI
Four British skiers went to Switzerland with World Cup aspirations this weekend however the dual moguls event was cancelled due to fog.
The men’s competition started well for the British contingent with Thomas Gerken Schofield, Max Willis and Will Feneley each winning their first round match-ups, however the competition was called before the round of 32 could take place.
The British team will stay on in Airolo for Europa Cup events on Thursday and Friday.
Posted on 09/03/18 by Rare Management
Six skiers on World Cup missions this weekend
World Cup skiing continues this weekend with British athletes competing in Germany, Norway and Switzerland.
Ladies’ alpine kicks off today and continues tomorrow with Saturday’s action also featuring moguls and men’s cross country.
FIS Alpine World Cup – Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March – Ofterschwang GER
Olympian Alex Tilley returns to the World Cup stage today following her Olympic debut in PyeongChang last month.
The 24-year-old failed to finish her slalom and giant slalom events in Korea, but did score crucial victories in the team event which helped Great Britain to a share of fifth place.
While Tilley has had mixed World Cup results this season, she has showed genuine speed on a number of occasions including her 13th place in the giant slalom at Courchevel where she was fifth-fastest on the second run.
She starts today’s giant slalom in bib 29 with the first run at 10am (GMT) and the second run at 1pm. Tomorrow’s slalom begins at 8:30am with the second run at 11:30am.
Both events will be broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport Player.
FIS Cross Country World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Oslo NOR
Andrew Musgrave’s performance in the 50km free at last year’s World Championships ranks as one of his best results ever, finishing just 1.5 seconds out of the medals.
Tomorrow he starts his first 50km free race since that day on the back of an Olympic campaign which featured historic yet mixed results.
Musgrave’s seventh place in the skiathlon was coupled with further top 30 finishes in the 15km free and team sprint, however he ultimately left PyeongChang feeling he had better results left in him.
After getting straight back into World Cup action with sprint free and 15km classic races last week in Lahti, Musgrave celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday and will not leave anything on the table in Oslo.
The race will be broadcast on Eurosport and Eurosport Player from 1:30pm tomorrow.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Saturday 10 March – Airolo SUI
A quartet of British skiers will be in Airolo tomorrow for the dual moguls World Cup which will feature a number of firsts.
Will Feneley, 18, will make his World Cup debut in a discipline he has gained a lot of experience in over the last three years. One of his best results in dual moguls came at this venue when he was eighth at the Swiss national championships in 2015, while this season he scored a sixth-place finish in Australia in a field which included the Olympic silver medallist.
Thomas and Makayla Gerken Schofield enter the weekend having never raced dual moguls at World Cup level. Last season Makayla won a Europa Cup event in the discipline, was 23rd at the World Championships and was also 12th at the Junior World Championships. Thomas was second in dual moguls at the Junior World Championships and reached the Europa Cup podium twice in 2016/17.
Max Willis is the only member of the moguls squad to have raced a dual moguls World Cup, however it was more than three years ago and was actually the last time he competed in dual moguls at any level. The 24-year-old has competed in seven World Cups this season and should be fresh after last competing mid-January.
Posted on 22/02/18 by Rare Management
Dave Ryding has scored Britain’s best alpine skiing result since 1988 and broken through for an Olympic top 10 while Laurie Taylor in today’s men’s slalom that he will be a contender for years to come.
It was an event full of drama, with Austrian favourite Marcel Hirscher – who had already won the giant slalom and alpine combined in PyeongChang – failing to finish the first run. That handed a golden opportunity for his rival Henrik Kristoffersen to take gold after topping the timesheet in the first run however the Norwegian remarkably skied out near the top of the second run.
That handed victory to Sweden’s Andre Myhrer with Ramon Zenhaeusern (Switzerland) claiming silver and Michael Matt (Austria) bronze.
In the first run, Ryding was unable to improve on his start number, finishing 1.37 seconds behind the leader to be 13th. Taylor started in bib 51 but put in a fantastic performance to make the flip into the top 30 after qualifying in 27th.
On the second run, Ryding was the ninth-fastest through the course and improved his position by four places to record his best-ever Olympic result. It was officially Britain’s second-best male alpine result in Winter Olympics history, only bettered by Martin Bell’s eighth in the Calgary downhill in 1988.
On a difficult course which claimed the scalps of more than half of the field including some of the world’s best, Taylor was 25th on the second run to rise one place to 26th overall.
In a sign of where Taylor’s career may be heading, his result is one place better than Ryding’s 27th on Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010.
After the race Ryding said he was content with the result but was left ruing some errors which may have seen him finish higher.
“At the start of the day if you’d said ninth I’d have said , ‘it’s solid’,” Ryding said. “I had a couple of mistakes there that were a bit costly. I feel I could have done more but I think a lot of other people do as well. At the end of the day ninth’s what I got.
“A top ten at the Olympics; after the dust settles I’ll be pretty proud of and in four years’ time I will have something to really build on.”
Ryding said he was certainly ready to keep pushing on towards Tokyo 2022 to compete at his fourth Games at a time he believes he can be peaking.
“Myhrer is 35, and the last winner, Mario Matt, was also 35 and at the next Olympics I’m 35 so I’ll try to keep that trend going,” he said. “I came to it really late so I’m still warming up. I’m more than motivated to keep going.
“Hopefully I can podium again in between the Olympics to show people I can do it. I believe I’ve got it in me, I’m just not leaving it all out there all the time.”
Following his breakthrough performance, Taylor said that Ryding was an inspiration who motivates him to want to keep improving.
“Watching Dave push the top guys in the world has been great to watch and I look up to him, I want to try and copy what he does,” said Taylor. “I’m so happy to have made it through to the finish line. It was a fight to get down but I’m really happy.
“It was super fun, the first time getting a clean course at one of these events and to finish top 30. That’s where I was hoping for. I didn’t know I could get it so I’m so chuffed.”
Posted on 19/02/18 by Rare Management
Freestyle skier James Woods went agonisingly close to earning a place on the Olympic podium, finishing fourth in today’s men’s slopestyle.
Hoping to emulate Izzy Atkin’s bronze-medal winning performance from yesterday, Woods left nothing in the tank, going big on all three runs in the final.
The 26-year-old was laying down a great first run before crashing out at the final jump, however he then backed that up with a 91-point second run to sit temporarily in the silver medal position.
With one run to go, Woods was in third and despite a couple of mistakes, he still managed a 90-point third run but was unable to improve his position.
It was then a waiting game to see if he could hold onto his position, however when American Nick Goepper scored 93.60 on his final run, Woods’ tenuous grip on the bronze medal was lifted.
Norway’s Oystein Braaten (95.00) took the gold from Goepper with Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand (92.40) in third.
Following the event, Woods said he believes if he had pieced together all the elements of his performance in one run, the result could have been a lot different.
“That run, in my honest opinion, I think I can put my hand on my heart and say [if it’s] clean, I definitely could have won, and I’m proud of that,” said Woods. “I put in a really good nudge, I took a massive hit on the first run, but I’m pretty sure I laced that run – that I was constructing for a good amount of time – three times on the bounce, under pressure, and I’m proud of that.
“Now compared to Sochi, [where] I didn’t put my best effort down; there wasn’t the depth of field that there was here – the positions really don’t matter. But today I went out there and put it all on the line and I went for broke.
“That was just the most incredible competition – it really, really was. We had perfect weather, we had a perfect course, everyone brought their A-game – it was an amazing event. It was just a great show. I could not be prouder of free skiing.”
While Woods came through qualifying in eighth position to make the final, Tyler Harding was not so lucky.
Making his Olympic debut, the 21-year-old took on the course and put together solid rails sections but twice crashed out on the jumps, finishing in 29th overall.
The determination in Harding’s runs belied his flawed build-up to PyeongChang after a torn meniscus in January hampered his preparations.
After making his debut in PyeongChang, Harding said is was special to not only be part of the Olympics, but part of the best quality slopestyle competition he has ever witnessed.
“Everything outside of that [knee injury] has been amazing – seeing the fans, seeing the people back home, the reception – I’m very happy about that,” said Harding.
“It is a very hard course to get top to bottom with your best run. There’s a of of things to do, a lot of different features – hard, long features as well.
“Even in qualifiers, it was the highest level I’ve ever seen in free skiing, and then in the finals everyone stepped up a notch even more.”
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Izzy Atkin has carved herself a slice of British Olympic history by claiming a bronze medal in the ladies’ ski slopestyle at Phoenix Snow Park, PyeongChang.
In doing so, Atkin (84.80 pts) becomes the first British freestyle skier to stand on the Olympic podium.
Switzerland claimed the top two places with Sarah Hoefflin (91.20) winning gold and Mathilde Gremaud silver (88.00).
The youngest member of Team GB was sitting 20th after the first run of qualifying but rose into fourth on her second run to safely finish inside the top 12 and earn herself a place in the final.
Atkin moved into fourth position on the first run of the final with a score of 68.40 and then rose into third on the second run with 79.40.
At the start of the final run, X-Games winner Maggie Voisin (USA) leapfrogged Atkin meaning the 19-year-old needed a strong final performance to get back in the medal hunt.
And she did just that, eclipsing Voisin by 3.2 points to get back in the bronze medal position.
With her parents and sister watching on from the stands, Atkin then had a nervous wait as the top three qualifiers took to their final runs however no one could make an impact on the final result.
“There were tons of big names in the field; it could have been anyone’s,” said Atkin. “Standing at the bottom after my third and final run I knew I had skied the best I could, and I was waiting for those last three or four girls to drop… my heart was racing! I just can’t believe it.
“I’m just stoked with how I skied and also stoked to win the bronze.”
Katie Summerhayes (71.80) also put in a fantastic performance to not only qualify for her second Olympic final, but to finish seventh and match her performance from Sochi.
Summerhayes was fighting a race against time to be ready for PyeongChang after injuring her ankle in December, however the 22-year-old stepped it up to show why she is considered one of the best in the world.
Posted on 14/02/18 by Rare Management
Alpine: Ladies Slalom – postponed
Alpine: Ladies’ Giant Slalom
Cross Country: Ladies’ 10km Free
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DAY 5 WRAP
ALPINE: LADIES’ SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre POSTPONED
Today’s ladies’ Slalom was delayed twice and then finally postponed until Friday due to adverse weather conditions at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.
Charlie Guest will need to wait two more days to make her Olympic debut while Alex Tilley will be in action tomorrow if conditions allow the already-rescheduled Giant Slalom to take place.
DAY 6 PREVIEW
ALPINE: LADIES’ GIANT SLALOM at Yongpyong Alpine Centre
1am (GMT) Run 1 | 4:45am (GMT) Run 2 – Alex Tilley
Alex Tilley’s Olympic debut was put on delay on Monday when the Giant Slalom was postponed until Thursday due to high winds, and after today’s rescheduling of the Slalom, tomorrow will hopefully see the 24-year-old make her first Games appearance.
While her Giant Slalom results have been somewhat mixed this season, she has shown signs of her true potential with some of her best World Cup results in this, her preferred discipline.
Tilley was the fifth-fastest skier in the second run at Courchevel in December to finish 13th, her best-ever World Cup finish. She also won a FIS race at Levi in November.
She has had previous success at Yongpyong where she finished first and second in two Far East Cup Giant Slalom races in January 2017.
Known for skiing to her limits, Tilley will leave nothing on the table.
CROSS COUNTRY: LADIES’ 10KM FREE at Alpensia Cross Country Centre
6:30am (GMT) Annika Taylor
Annika Taylor made her Olympic debut on Sunday in the Skiathlon and the 24-year-old is looking forward to an improved performance in Thursday’s 10km Free race.
Tomorrow’s event is a more favourable one for Taylor, and after Saturday’s race she commented that much of her season’s focus has been pointing towards it.
“The event is something I’ve been really looking forward to all year, so I hope I can go out and deliver,” said Taylor. “I hope that this race [the Skiathlon] just blew the cobwebs away a little bit and I can go and enjoy that race [10km free] and fight back a little bit.”
It is this event which has delivered Taylor who lowest FIS points results, achieving top 10 finishes at Alpen Tour and US Super Tour races over the last three years.
Posted on 29/01/18 by Rare Management
Get your taste of snowsports at the Lecht Winter Games
With PyeongChang less than two weeks away and Olympic fever setting in, an exciting event is about to take place which will allow newcomers and lovers of snowsports to try a range of different disciplines.
British Ski & Snowboard together with Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport England is presenting a two-day celebration of snowsports at Scottish resort Lecht 2090.
The Lecht Winter Games will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February in the midst of the Olympic Winter Games in Korea, and with Lecht 2090 using the pioneering technology from TechnoAlpin snowfactory, there will be guaranteed snow on certain slopes.
There’ll be something for everyone whether you’re 2 or 92, with discounted lift ticket prices over the weekend for those taking part in the following “come and try” sessions:
A Cross Country skiing track complete with timed laps, including all equipment and expert instruction from Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre and Huntly Nordic Ski Club
A mini Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross track with coaching advice from Snowsport Scotland
Freestyle skiing and snowboarding on park & pipe jumps, rails and airbag, including coaching from Aberdeen Snowsports and Cairngorm Snowboard Club
A timed Giant Slalom course with tips provided by Gordon skiers and demo kit provided by Atomic
Burton ‘Riglet’ snowboard sessions for kids aged 2 to 5
Ski and snowboard taster lessons provided by Lecht 2090 Ski & Snowboard School
There will also be the opportunity for those aged 5 to 15 to sign up for the Futures Snow Award, a new national scheme designed to support and encourage young people to get involved in snowsports in a new, fun and progressive way.
People attending the Lecht Winter Games will also see some stars of the future in action with the up-and-comers from the GB Park & Pipe Team training on the airbag in the freestyle park while members of the British Nordic Development Squad will showcase their cross country skiing.
And the action won’t just be taking place on the snow…
Get inside and you will be able to sample local produce and check out the offerings from Gordon Castle Scotland, Royal Lochnagar Distillery and Cairngorm Brewery.
Protect Our Winters will be presenting information on climate change relevant to the winter sports community, and from 4pm-7pm there will on live music, glühwein and more food available in the upstairs bar.
Registration for the event will open on Monday 5 February when a full schedule and timings will be made available.
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The first 100 people to sign up will also receive a free neck warmer from Bawbags.
The Lecht Winter Games will be delivered by Lecht 2090, Snowsport Scotland, British Ski and Snowboard and GB Park and Pipe. The event also forms part of the ongoing PyeongChang to Piste campaign led by Snowsport England.
Posted on 19/01/18 by Rare Management
Final World Cups to take place before Olympic selection
The British Ski and Snowboard contingent which forms part of Team GB in PyeongChang will be announced next week and the final World Cups before selectors sit down are taking place over the coming days.
The Cross Country team has concluded it’s pre-Olympic World Cup schedule and will not be taking part at the event in Slovenia, however a host of other athletes are already out competing or preparing for action over the weekend as the countdown to PyeongChang enters its final phase.
In particular, many eyes will be focused on the men’s slalom in Kitzbuhel where history was made last January.
FIS Alpine World Cup, Kitzbuhel AUT – Sunday 21 January
Delancey British Alpine skier Dave Ryding scored six top 10 results in 2016/17 and has backed that up again this season with another three, however it was his performance in Kitzbuhel last January which still lingers long and clear in the memory of British alpine fans.
Ryding became the first British alpine skier to stand on a World Cup podium in more than 35 years when he finished second on the famous slalom course in 2017, and in doing so stamped himself as a serious contender on the biggest stage in the sport.
‘The Rocket’ has described Kitzbuhel as “the Wembley of alpine skiing” and just as vocal a crowd will be in attendance on Sunday when he takes on local favourite and world number one, Marcel Hirscher.
While Ryding lamented a “rookie error” last week when he failed to finish his first run in Wengen, he will draw on confidence from his 2017 podium as tries to make lightning strike twice in Austria.
FIS Snowboard World Cup, Laax SUI – Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 January
Snowboarders love playing, training and competing at Laax however the Swiss resort has proved frustrating this week as extreme weather conditions continue to impact the Laax Open World Cup event.
GB Park and Pipe have sent a strong contingent of six snowboarders to compete in the slopestyle events, however the qualifiers which were slated for Wednesday and Thursday have so far been postponed.
Aimee Fuller and Katie Ormerod are both down to compete in their first World Cup slopestyle competitions since September. Fuller earned a top 20 in the discipline at Sochi 2014 while Ormerod has finished inside the top five in four of her past six World Cup slopestyle events.
Four men are hoping to compete in the men’s event should the weather clear enough to get competition underway.
Jamie Nicholls has reached the slopestyle World Cup podium three times including a 2016 victory in the Czech Republic, but has competed lightly this season ahead of the PyeongChang Olympics. Rowan Coultas, who has three World Cup top 10s to his credit, has also had a light competition schedule in 2017/18, last competing in New Zealand more than four months ago.
This will be Matt McCormick’s fifth World Cup of the season across both big air and slopestyle, in stark contrast to 18-year-old Fin Bremner whose only other major senior competition came in a Europa Cup big air contest last February.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup, Mammoth Mountain USA – Wednesday 17 January
GB Park and Pipe’s halfpipe skiers stayed in America following the event in Aspen last week and last night contested the qualification round of the World Cup at Mammoth Mountain. While no one was able to progress to the finals after the heats were dominated by local skiers, there were still some impressive performances.
Rowan Cheshire’s progression back to the top of the sport continued, finishing just 3.40 points off her first final of the season to claim 11th place while Molly Summerhayes was 21st overall.
Murray Buchan was highest-placed in the men’s competition, finishing 15th after he landed his first ever back-to-back double 900s in competition. Xander Glavatsky-Yeadon and Peter Speight also claimed top 20 performances.
FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups
Aerials – Lake Placid USA – Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January
Ski Cross – Nakiska CAN – Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January
Moguls – Tremblant CAN – Saturday 20 January
A further three Freeski World Cups are being held across North America over the coming days with eight British athletes in action.
Lloyd Wallace was not happy with his performance in Deer Valley last weekend but he has chances to make amends with a pair of World Cups in Lake Placid on Friday and Saturday. Wallace has previously competed in four World Cups at Lake Placid and has finished inside the top 20 on the last two occasions.
Emily Sarsfield, Emma Peters, Pamela Thorburn and Ollie Davies are all lining up at Nakiska for the final Ski Cross World Cup before the Winter Olympic Games. Following the World Cup, Liz Stevenson will join the squad for a pair of Nor-Am Cup races early next week.
And in Canada, the British Moguls Team will be in action at Tremblant. Makayla Gerken Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Max Willis are all in action, each competing in their seventh World Cup of the campaign.