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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.

Jack Cunningham © Racer Ready

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.

Robert Holmes © Racer Ready

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.

Jack Upton © Racer Ready

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
 

THORBURN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK AS BINGHAM BREAKS THROUGH

Posted on 05/04/18 by Rare Management

THORBURN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK AS BINGHAM BREAKS THROUGH

British Snowboard & Freestyle Ski Championships 2018, LAAX, Switzerland

Pam Thorburn repeated some not-so-distant history while Jonathan Bingham started and ended his season on a high as the pair claimed Ski Cross victories at The BRITS today in Laax.

A former alpine skier, Thorburn turned to Ski Cross in 2012 and had instant success at The BRITS, but has been unable to compete at the event since due to a slew of untimely injuries. Her 2017/18 campaign was again hampered by a body seemingly under repair for the entire season, but despite not racing since January, the World Cup skier was able to come out and score her second-ever win at The BRITS.

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Open Womens Winner Pam Thorburn. Credit Bluebird Photography

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Open Women’s Winner Pam Thorburn. Credit Bluebird Photography

Thorburn set the fastest time in qualifying by almost a second and maintained that ascendency when racing head-to-head in the final to win from fellow World Cup skier and two-time defending champion Emma Peters, while Andrea Seaton claimed the final place on the podium.

“It was a fun day. Emma Peters was definitely the one to beat so it’s really nice to get the win here,” said Thorburn. “It’s funny actually, because I’m also here coaching a big group of kids from TXC, The Cross Collective, and it’s a lot of stress coaching and competing, but I thought, ‘I’m here, I might as well do it’.”

“My shoulder is so wrecked, I’ve also got a couple of broken fingers I’ve got to sort out which is why I haven’t raced since January. Getting my body right is my only focus right now, but we got a bunch of podiums with some of the younger skiers as well, so I guess there’ll be some celebrating tonight.”
The men’s event saw a new BRITS champion, with Jonathan Bingham fast in qualification and clinical in the final to stand atop the podium.

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Open Mens Winner Jonathan Bingham.  Credit Bluebird Photography

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Open Mens Winner Jonathan Bingham. Credit Bluebird Photography

Bingham had not raced at all this season, choosing to concentrate on his school studies, but the lack of competition certainly hadn’t hampered his speed as he charged into second seeding for the final behind Seb Ison.

Having finished third at The BRITS in 2017, Bingham then put in a dominant performance in the championship race, never headed after the first turn on his way to the title. Ison finished runner-up while PyeongChang Olympic halfpipe skier Pete Speight showed his versatility, claiming bronze after earlier qualifying in third.

“I started a bit slow and was behind going into the first corner, but then I managed to get into the lead and hold on to the end,” said Bingham. “It’s my first and only race of the year because I’ve been concentrating on school.

“In the summer, I hope to get fit and maybe try and get into some Europa Cups.”

Tomorrow brings with it day three of The BRITS 2018 with the with Ski Halfpipe and Snowboard Slopestyle competitions set have an Olympic flavour to them.

British Ski Cross Championships – Results

Men                                                                Women

1st –  Jonathan Bingham                             1st – Pam Thorburn

2nd – Seb Ison                                               2nd – Emma Peters

3rd – Pete Speight                                         3rd – Andrea Seaton

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Podium Open Men.  Credit Bluebird Photography

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Podium Open Men. Credit Bluebird Photography

 

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Podium Open Women.  Credit Bluebird Photography

The Brits 2018, Ski Cross Podium Open Women. Credit Bluebird Photography

Be sure to follow The BRITS on our social channels for all the latest photos and videos from the championship as it happens – www.facebook.com/britssnow and @britssnow on Instagram.

The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive Partners: LAAX, Picture Organic Clothing, SWISS International Airlines, Switzerland Tourism and British Ski & Snowboard (BSS).

YOUTH WINS THE DAY AS HILL AND NIGHTINGALE SCOOP FIRST TITLES OF BRITS ‘18

Posted on 04/04/18 by Rare Management

YOUTH WINS THE DAY AS HILL AND NIGHTINGALE SCOOP FIRST TITLES OF BRITS ‘18

British Snowboard & Freestyle Ski Championships 2018, LAAX, Switzerland

Fears of forecasted gale-force winds were blown aside as bluebird conditions dawned on day one of competition at the Brits 2018, confining the storm to the Laax cross course and the British Snowboardcross Championships. After an incredible day of racing, it was young-guns Maisie Hill and Huw Nightingale who forewent their age categories to dominate the open event and stole the titles from under the noses of established racers.

The day opened with practice for bumper field of competitors, honing their lines on the Crap Sogn Gion course before timed qualification. Two runs were all the riders had to lay down a fast time and seal a good seeding ahead of the head to head racing. Leading the charge in the women’s field was Olympic Slopestyle and Big Air rider Aimee Fuller, who’s topping of the timesheets mirrored Billy Morgan’s surprise result of 12 months ago. Could GB Park and Pipe riders own the cross course for two years in a row? In the men’s event, Patrick Morris laid down the two fastest runs of the day, making him a formidable number one seed.

But fast times don’t always stand up when the elbows start to fly, and today was a day for the racers with both top seeds falling foul of the cross gods. Freestyle superstar Fuller faltered and fell at the final gate, and Maisie Hill stormed to a maiden overall title. In second it was Joanna Szczyglowska who backed up her Armed Forces colleagues incredible 1-2 in 2017 with a deserved silver, and after dusting herself off from her crash, Aimee Fuller crossed the line to claim Bronze.

BRITS18 Snowboard X, Maisie Hill.  Credit Motionstoppers.com

BRITS18 Snowboard X, Maisie Hill. Credit Motionstoppers.com

Lit up by her victory, Hill said “It was pretty cool, because I beat Aimee Fuller – that’s sick!”

In the men’s final, it was another under-18 category athlete who overhauled the top seed to take the win, as Huw Nightingale knocked Patrick Morris into second to seal the national title. Morris claimed silver ahead of Scotsman Glen Ironside.

Reserved but stoked on his win, Nightingale said “Feeling pretty good – it was pretty fun, not too technical but still good fun.”

Outside of the overall categories, things remained heated, as even more Mums, Dads and ex-professionals fought it out for the most talked about titles of the week – the Masters championships. It was a case of déjà vu as Ski Sunday’s Ed Leigh completed the “three-peat” and remained unbeaten since the Brits returned to Laax. Ed’s better half Sian came heartbreakingly close to a second gold of the day for the family, but was denied by the lighting fast Claire Collis who headed up a sizeable Armed Forces team

The final race of the day, saw GB’s adaptive snowboardcross athletes return for a second year to compete for Brits medals. 2017 silver medallist James Barnes-Miller was fresh off the plane from the Paralympics in South Korea, and he showed his race form to take the win ahead of Daren Swift. The prizegiving crowd welcomed them back to the podium with a huge ovation on the Laax Snowfront.

British Snowboard Cross Championships – Results

Men                                                                Women

1st –  Huw Nightingale                                 1st – Maisie Hill

2nd – Patrick Morris                                     2nd – Johanna Szczyglowska

3rd – Glen Ironside                                       3rd – Aimee Fuller

BRITS18 Snowboard X Mens Podium. Credit Bluebird Photography

BRITS18 Snowboard X Mens Podium. Credit Bluebird Photography

 

BRITS18 Snowboard X Womens Podium. Credit Bluebird Photography

BRITS18 Snowboard X Womens Podium. Credit Bluebird Photography

Be sure to follow The BRITS on Facebook for all the latest photos and videos from the championship as it happens – www.facebook.com/britsfestival

The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive Partners: LAAX, Picture Organic Clothing, SWISS International Airlines, Switzerland Tourism and British Ski & Snowboard (BSS).

 

PICTURE BIG AIR OPENS WINDOW TO THE FUTURE

Posted on 04/04/18 by Rare Management

PICTURE BIG AIR OPENS WINDOW TO THE FUTURE

British Snowboard & Freestyle Ski Championships 2018, LAAX, Switzerland

The BRITS 2018 kicked off in LAAX, Switzerland today with the Picture Organic Clothing Ski Big Air providing a glimpse into the future with six teenagers filling the overall podium places today.

With increasingly windy conditions threatening to impact the standard of a Super Final, organisers instead decided to conduct a straight two-run Final after an hour of practice with competitors having little room for error.

In the men’s competition, the relative experience of Chris McCormick, 19, shone through as he took out the British title. Fresh from his first season of World Cup action and on the back of a pair of slopestyle top 10s in the Europa Cup last month, McCormick set the standard for the rest of the competition with a double-1260 true tail with perfection.

BRITS18 Ski Bigair, Chris McCormick

BRITS18 Ski Big Air, Chris McCormick. Credit Bluebird Photography

Seventeen-year-old Justin Taylor-Tipton was on The BRITS podium once again, with the 2017 Picture Big Air champion taking second place this year with his double-1260 tweaked mute. Sam Ward, 18, is another skier who hit the World Cup scene for the first time this season and landed himself the final place on the podium with a double-1080 with stylish Japan grab.
“It was pretty good that we managed to run the competition,” said McCormick. “It wasn’t meant to be great weather, but It’s great that we got to get things underway and get two runs done. To get a result from that was really fun.

“I got my first run down pretty much how I wanted it. Second run I came in and the wind was picking up a bit, so I opted to just stick with my first run and it turned out to be alright in the end.

“Well done to the rest of the guys on the podium. It’s always good in Big Air to see everyone’s best tricks and everyone killed it.”

The women’s competition was taken out by one of the youngest athletes and a true up-and-coming star, Kirsty Muir.

BRITS18 Ski Bigair, Kirsty Muir

BRITS18 Ski Big Air, Kirsty Muir. Credit Bluebird Photography

Last year Muir stood on the Picture Big Air podium next to two-time Olympian Katie Summerhayes, and this year – at just 13 years of age – she was crowned national champion, courtesy of a 1080 safety performed off the large kicker.

“We were hoping that the wind would stay down and luckily it did for two runs and it was really good,” said Muir. “We did practice for an hour and then we got our runs in.

“In practice I landed my 1080s well, and then in competition I landed my 1080.

“Everyone was doing amazing! Everyone was awesome!”

A British representative at the 2017 Junior World Championships, 16-year-old Connie Brogden claimed second place with a standout super flat 5 Japan, while 15-year-old Olivia Burke’s 720 safety grab was good enough for the final position on the podium.

Tomorrow’s action at The BRITS sees the snowboarders take on the Picture Big Air while the Ski Cross competition is certain to provide some thrills and spills.

Picture Organic Clothing British Big Air Championships – Freestyle Ski Results

Men                                                                Women

1st – Chris McCormick                                 1st – Kirsty Muir

2nd – Justin Taylor-Tipton                           2nd – Connie Brogden

3rd – Sam Ward                                            3rd – Olivia Burke

BRITS18 Ski Bigair, Podium Men

BRITS18 Ski Big Air, Podium Men. Credit Bluebird Photography

 

BRITS18 Ski Big Air, Podium Women

BRITS18 Ski Big Air, Podium Women.  Credit Bluebird Photography

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