GB Snowsport names 42 athletes to represent Britain in Alpine disciplines in 2022/23

GB Snowsport has confirmed the 42-athlete Alpine squad which will represent Britain for the 2022/23 season, with Charlie Guest, Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor, and Alex Tilley all once again named in the nation’s World Cup squad.

Coming off the back of a landmark season which saw career-best World Cup results for Guest, Major, Raposo, Tilley, and Ryding, the squad will be looking to build on Britain’s burgeoning reputation on the Alpine circuit following a succession of exceptional performances over the past 12 months.

The new season will mark the first time in Alpine history that Britain enters the season with a defending Alpine Men’s World Cup winner in its ranks, following Ryding’s sensational victory at Kitzbuehel in January in a performance that confirmed Britain’s status as a significant player on the Alpine circuit.

Dave Ryding celebrates victory at Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

Guest will be looking to build on an impressive season, with the highlight a 13th place finish in Schladming in January, while Raposo will aim to continue the impressive late-season form which saw him pick up World Cup points in back-to-back Giant Slalom World Cup races in Kranjska Gora in March. Tilley, whose season was marked by an astonishing recovery from injury to secure her place at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, will hope for a repeat of her exceptional beginning to the 2021/22 season which saw her take 13th place in Giant Slalom at Soelden World Cup last October. Major and Taylor, meanwhile, will look to secure more high-profile finishes having taken two Europa Cup (Major) and one National Championships (Taylor) podiums last season, with each also securing top-30 World Cup finishes.

Charlie Guest at Schladming Slalom World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures / David Geieregger

In the Europa Cup squad, Victoria Palla is promoted from the FIS squad ranks after an impressive season which saw her take 11 podiums, including two victories, at FIS, National Championships, National Junior Championships, and National Junior Race levels, where she joins Reece Bell who is working her way back from injury having made her World Cup debut last season. Rob Poth, Roy-Alexander Steudle and Owen Vinter make up the rest of the Europa Cup squad, with Poth having taken victory at the FIS Slalom race in Rogla in March, Steudle securing three podiums including two victories at the GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, and Vinter securing six podiums in March and April at National Championships and National Junior Championships level, including two victories at the GB Alpine Championships.

Reece Bell on her Slalom World Cup debut in Lienz, Austria, December 2021. Photo: GEPA pictures / Armin Rauthner

The FIS squad will see 31 further athletes representing the country, with eight 2005 born athletes securing squad places for the first time, including George Black, Candice Bomberg, Charlotte Holmes, and Kieran Woolley who all secured podium finishes at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships earlier this year.

Dave Ryding said:

“Coming off the back of last season’s results, and particularly Kitzbuehel, I’m going into this season hungrier for success than ever before. Knowing I’ll be out there training and competing alongside the same team members as the past 12 months is a huge bonus; Billy, Laurie and I bring the best out of one another in training and on the slopes, and we all feel stronger athletes for being part of such a talented squad of skiers.

“After getting my first World Cup win it has given me the confidence to believe that there is even more possible in the future!”

Charlie Guest said:

“I’m really proud of how I skied last season, and I’m delighted to be back in the World Cup squad again and pushing for more. We’ve got a great set-up around us and some really promising athletes coming through the ranks, which makes this such an exciting time for British Alpine skiing.”

GB Snowsport Alpine Director, Paul Trayner, said:

“All 42 athletes named in this season’s Alpine squad are here on merit, and because they represent the present and the future of Britain’s Alpine skiing hopes. Last year, every one of our World Cup athletes had a sensational season, and the athletes in the Europa Cup and FIS squads have got a real benchmark to reach with the performances those guys are delivering.

“Britain’s reputation on the Alpine circuit is higher than it’s ever been in modern snowsport history, and this squad is the best group of athletes to take it to new heights. Every single one of them, and the coaches, support staff, and academies that have supported their journeys so far, deserve enormous credit and warm congratulations.”

World Cup Squad

  • Charlie Guest (W)
  • Billy Major (M)
  • Charlie Raposo (M)
  • Dave Ryding (M)
  • Laurie Taylor (M)
  • Alex Tilley (W)

Europa Cup Squad

  • Reece Bell (W)
  • Victoria Palla (W)
  • Rob Poth (M)
  • Roy-Alexander Steudle (M)
  • Owen Vinter (M)

FIS Squad

  • Jess Anderson (W)
  • Honor Bartlett (W)
  • Elliott Bennett (M)
  • George Black (M)
  • Candice Bomberg (W)
  • Abi Bruce (W)
  • Thomas Butterworth (M)
  • Luca Carrick-Smith (M)
  • Toby Case (M)
  • Honor Clissold (W)
  • Jack Cunningham (M)
  • Daisi Daniels (W)
  • Alexa Elliff (W)
  • Lucas Ellis (M)
  • Giselle Gorringe (W)
  • Ed Guigonnet (M)
  • Charlotte Holmes (W)
  • Rob Holmes (M)
  • Jack Irving (M)
  • Lois Jackson (W)
  • Toby Jennings (M)
  • Leo Karavasili (M)
  • Calum Langmuir (M)
  • Max Laughland (M)
  • Dominic Shackleton (M)
  • Ted Slade (M)
  • Aidan Urquhart (M)
  • Isla Ward (W)
  • Sarah Woodward (W)
  • Kieran Woolley (M)
  • Nicole Wordley (W)

Header Image: Dave Ryding at Garmisch-Partenkirchen Slalom World Cup, February 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures / Thomas Bachun

As thoughts turn towards pre-season, we look back at an historic 2021/22 season for GB Snowsport athletes

Making History

As a season of record-breaking highs and heart-breaking disappointments draws to a close, the British snowsport scene can look back on a year where the history books were rewritten, even as we felt the joy and the despair of an Olympic and Paralympic Games like no other.

In Beijing, British athletes battled covid restrictions, challenging snow conditions, crashes, injuries, and disruption, and returned home with pride, disappointment, new successes, agonising defeats and, from the Paralympic squad, six medals from the Alpine and Snowboard events. But those are results that only tell a fraction of the story.

Bronze medallist Ollie Hill of Team Great Britain celebrates after competing in the Men’s Banked Slalom Snowboard SB-LL2 during day seven of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

26 World Cup and World Championship podiums

On the World Cup and World Championships stages, British athletes took 26 podiums with Charlotte Bankes’ Crystal Globe winning Snowboard Cross season and Dave Ryding’s history-making Slalom victory in Kitzbuehel leading the way. Europa Cup contests added another 25, including four for the remarkable Mia Brookes, each a victory, and all before she has turned 16 years of age. FIS level races saw British athletes notch another 12 podiums, including seven victories, in Alpine, Freeski, Snowboard and Ski Cross. World Championships and World Junior Championships, meanwhile, accounted for an additional nine. On podium places alone, British skiers and snowboarders at every level, are showing themselves among the world’s best athletes.

And off the slopes, yet more progress has been made. New partners in Redrow, Fusalp, and Williams Advanced Engineering have helped to grow the sport at home and overseas. More work is underway to champion equality and diversity at every level. Efforts to bring our sport closer to people at home have taken root.

Charlotte Bankes tops the podium at Reiteralm Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

Highs and lows in Beijing

We cannot, though, forget the frustration felt in Beijing. For the Olympic squad to return without a medal was a disappointment given the good form of so many athletes going into the Games, but even among the sense of missed opportunities there were green shoots to be found. Kirsty Muir’s Olympic debut hinted at the promise her talent holds, Makayla Gerken-Schofield’s best-ever Moguls result for a British Olympic skier, and Zoe Atkin’s top-10 in the Halfpipe all showed a core of young talent with their best years ahead of them.

Even as the emotions of defeat were present, so the grit and determination among the team came to the fore, whether in Leonie Gerken-Schofield’s ability to get back up again and put down a run after a fall in the Moguls, Charlotte Bankes’ breath-taking display of overtaking in the Snowboard Cross Team event after her shock elimination in the Women’s competition, or Gus Kenworthy’s determination to finish his Olympic career with a clean run after a bone-shuddering fall in the Halfpipe Finals.

Where Olympic results didn’t deliver a medal, the Paralympic squad was a regular fixture on the podium throughout the Games. Its six medals – one gold, one silver, and four bronze – came through a mix of old hands (Millie Knight and Menna Fitzpatrick both adding to their remarkable Paralympic records) and new blood (medals on debut for Neil Simpson and, for Ollie Hill a first ever British Paralympic snowboarding medal), and built on a World Championships that saw Britain return home with seven medals from Lillehammer.

Neil Simpson during the Men’s Giant Slalom Vision Impaired Run 1 on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

A new cycle begins

As one four-year cycle draws to a close another begins, and eyes are already beginning to turn to Milan-Cortina, the venue for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As plans for that cycle begin to take shape both the current and the next generation of British stars are making an ever-stronger mark.

As a country and as a Governing Body, we are still at the beginning of our journey to become one of the world’s leading snowsport nations. Results aside, the performance standard for British snowsport athletes has increased dramatically in the four years since the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, with the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic squads the strongest a British team has ever sent to a Winter Games. These are the levels that athletes will now have to meet and exceed as Milan-Cortina approaches, and the potential that a new generation of skiers and snowboarders is showing gives us reason for optimism.

In Snowboard Cross, the first Crystal Globe of Charlotte Bankes’ career shows the depth and consistency of her talent, with Huw Nightingale also enjoying a breakthrough season, while Ski Cross prospects are encouraging with Ollie Davies and Max Vaughton both making an impact this year.

In Alpine, Charlie Guest continues to go from strength-to-strength, with repeated forays into World Cup top-20 spots, while Reece Bell’s long-awaited World Cup debut has arrived, and Charlie Raposo has delivered the best British men’s performances in Giant Slalom for decades.

The Para Nordic squad has grown in stature with a series of career-best performances over the season hinting at the potential to come, while in the Para Snowboard ranks new talent continues to break through with Ollie Hill, Nina Sparks, and Jon-Allan Butterworth all bolstering British hopes at the highest levels.

Mateo Jeannesson’s development in Moguls has catapulted him to the top of the podium.

Mia Brookes looks ready to conquer the world after a season which saw her take eight wins and one runner up spot from nine FIS, Europa Cup and Junior World Championship event entries.

The country’s Freeski prospects look encouraging, with Kirsty Muir, Zoe and Izzy Atkin, Connie Brogden, and Tyler Harding all showing promise this year.

Kirsty Muir, at Big Air qualification at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.

Britain’s Kitzbuehel King

The future, then, looks in good hands. But in the present, the 2021/22 season leaves behind a moment that will never be forgotten in British snowsport history. As the man himself said, “I remember in the past comments like ‘Ah, I’ve been beaten by a Brit’, or calling us an ‘exotic’ nation. Those comments have gone pretty quiet now. I’ve always said to the younger generation that it’s possible; I don’t have to say that anymore. I can just put the video on and say: ‘watch that’.”

Dave Ryding. Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup winner 2022.

A victory to showcase a great sportsman’s talent, and to mark Britain’s place on the global snowsport map.

Dave Ryding celebrates victory at Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Wolfgang Grebien

Header image: Charlie Guest at Schladming World Cup, January 2022. Photo: GEPA pictures/ David Geieregger

The GB Alpine Championships Children’s Week in association with Crystal Holidays saw the slopes of Tignes taken over by a festival of youth Alpine action

Britain’s ski fans got a glimpse of the country’s Alpine future this week as the GB Alpine Championships Children’s Week in association with Crystal Holidays saw dozens of young British skiers take to the slopes of Tignes.

Across four days of competition, eighteen different skiers topped the 24 podiums available with Sylvia Curtis (U10 Girls Kombi, U10 Girls Giant Slalom), Tia Freshwater (U14 Girls Giant Slalom, U14 Girls Super-G), Hamish Blyth (U14 Boys Giant Slalom, U14 Boys Super-G, U14 Boys Slalom), Darcy Davies (U12 Girls Giant Slalom, U12 Girls Slalom), and Zak Carrick-Smith (U16 Boys Giant Slalom, U16 Boys Super-G) each taking multiple victories across the week.

Returning after a two-year covid-enforced absence, the GB Alpine Championships Children’s Week saw a dedicated team of race organisers deliver a full race programme for around 100 U10/U12 and approximately 200 U14/U16 athletes, with strong support from academies and parents adding to the atmosphere across the week. U14 and U16 podiums each saw monetary prizes courtesy of Children’s Week sponsors Crystal Holidays, with presentations made by a range of industry figures including President of Ski Club of Great Britain, four-time Winter Olympian and Ski Sunday presenter, Chemmy Alcott.

As with the Senior Championships, the competitors during the Children’s Week faced a range of slope conditions offering technical and race management challenges which will prove invaluable in their continued development on the Alpine racing circuit.

Among those to take podium places were fourteen skiers previously named in the British Children’s Ski Team for the 2021/22 season, with Harry Black (U16 Boys Slalom – 3rd place), William Freear (U16 Boys Super-G, U16 Boys Slalom – 2nd place), Emerson Proctor (U16 Boys Giant Slalom, U16 Boys Super-G – 3rd place), Maisie Blyth (U16 Girls Slalom – 1st place, U16 Girls Super-G – 2nd place), Olivia Howeson (U16 Girls Super-G, U16 Girls Slalom – 3rd place), Hannah Skinner (U16 Girls Super-G, 1st place), Emily Turner (U16 Girls Giant Slalom – 3rd place), Hamish Blyth (U14 Boys Giant Slalom, U14 Boys Super-G, U14 Boys Slalom – 1st Place), Freddy Carrick-Smith (U16 Boys Slalom – 1st place), Zak Carrick-Smith (U16 Boys Giant Slalom, U16 Boys Super G – 1st place), Molly Butler (U16 Girls Giant Slalom – 1st place), Ryan Faber (U14 Boys Giant Slalom – 3rd place), Tia Freshwater (U14 Girls Giant Slalom, U14 Girls Super-G – 1st place, U14 Girls Slalom – 2nd place), and Isabelle Sullivan (U14 Girls Giant Slalom – 3rd place, U14 Girls Slalom – 1st place) all featuring across the week.

The full list of race podiums from the week was confimed as:

Kombi:

U12 Girls

  • Holly Klotz
  • Evienne Arnold
  • Audrey Curtis

U12 Boys

  • Leo Gosling
  • Jasper Freshwater
  • Sebastien Anthony

U10 Girls

  • Sylvia Curtis
  • Cecilia Hamer
  • Jolie Welsh

U10 Boys

  • Samuel Greenland
  • Cillean Morrison
  • Felix Gladman

Giant Slalom

U16 Girls

  • Molly Butler
  • India Ridgway
  • Emily Turner

U16 Boys

  • Zak Carrick-Smith
  • Fredy Carrick-Smith
  • Emerson Proctor

U14 Girls

  • Tia Freshwater
  • Madison Gilson
  • Isabella Sullivan

U14 Boys

  • Hamish Blyth
  • Matthew Butler
  • Ryan Faber

U12 Girls

  • Darcy Davies
  • Lily Flitton
  • Sophia Fielding

U12 Boys

  • Sebastien Anthony
  • Rufus Wontner
  • Xavier Pointon

U10 Girls

  • Sylvia Curtis
  • Christina Dagne
  • Cecilia Hamer

U10 Boys

  • Jackson Schniewind
  • Lucas Cox
  • Samuel Greenland

Super-G

U16 Girls

  • Hannah Skinner
  • Maisie Blyth
  • Olivia Howeson

U16 Boys

  • Zak Carrick-Smith
  • William Freear
  • Emerson Proctor

U14 Girls

  • Tia Freshwater
  • Brooke Baxter
  • Alice Beveridge

U14 Boys

  • Hamish Blyth
  • Oscar Flight
  • Benjamin Wontner

Slalom

U16 Girls

  • Maisie Blyth
  • Emily Owen
  • Olivia Howeson

U16 Boys

  • Freddy Carrick-Smith
  • William Freear
  • Harry Black

U14 Girls

  • Brooke Baxter
  • Amelia Pietrzak
  • Isabella Sullivan

U14 Boys

  • Hamish Blyth
  • Oscar Flight
  • Matthew Butler

U12 Girls

  • Darcy Davies
  • Lily Flitton
  • Evienne Arnold

U12 Boys

  • Xavier Poynton
  • Leo Gosling
  • Toby Tweedle

U10 Girls

  • Cecilia Hamer
  • Christina Dagne
  • Sylvia Curtis

U10 Boys

  • Lucas Cox
  • Samuel Greenland
  • Leonardo Cross

The final day of the Senior and Junior GB Alpine Championships saw big results for the next generation of British Alpine talent

In the Women’s Slalom races, Victoria Palla took the U21 International title ahead of the Swiss pair of Anina Zurbriggen and Marine Fatton with a time of 2:00.80 enough to hold top spot by a margin of 12 hundredths of a second from Zurbriggen in second. Switzerland also provided the top-2 positions on the U18 International podium through Annie Farqet and Lara Briguet, with Australia’s Phoebe Heaydon in third.

Palla’s result also saw her name on the Mappin Salver ahead of Gieslle Gorringe and Sophie Foster, while the British U18 SNSC Cup went to Charlotte Holmes with Amy Stokoe and Candice Bomberg joining her on the podium.

Reflecting on her GB Alpine Championships performances afterwards, Holmes said:

“I’m really happy. It’s never really about the trophies or the winning, it’s just skiing with my teammates and racing and having fun. Today’s ski conditions were really nice, and it’s just a really special event.”

Charlotte Holmes with the SNSC Cup, ahead of Amy Stokoe and Candice Bomberg

The Men’s competition saw an all-international U21 International podiu led by Canada’s Raphael Lessard, with Nathan Levecq of France and Luc Roduit of Switzerland in second and third. Frenchman Martin Christ took the U18 International win, with Britain’s Aidan Urquhart and Jack Upton in second and third positions.

The SCGB Salver went to Ed Guigonnet ahead of Robert Holmes and Ted Slade, while the British U18 Scottish Ski Club Quaich trophy saw Urquhart take victory with Upton in second and Toby Jennings in third spot.

Urquhart said:

“My racing today was pretty good, I was pretty happy with how I skied. Conditions were really good today. Making the top-30 on the first run was really, really helpful. I feel like I could have pushed it a bit more, but still I’m happy with the result.”

Aidan Urquhart wins the Scottish Ski Club Quaich with Jack Upton in second, and Toby Jennings third

The Men’s and Women’s British Combined victories went to Ed Guigonnet, who took the Aberdeen Millennium Trophy, and to Charlotte Holmes taking the Snowsports Scotland Trophy. Meanwhile the Inter-Club Patterson Trophy went to Evolution, who scored significant race points through Charlotte Holmes (U18), Lois Jackson (U21), Aidan Urquhart (U18), Robert Holmes (U21), and Kieran Woollley (U18).

Header Image: Charlotte Holmes at the GB Alpine Championships 2022

Amid continued challenging conditions, Victoria Palla and Ed Guigonnet were among the NJC podium leaders

As difficult weather in Tignes continued to challenge skiers at the GB Alpine Championships, Victoria Palla took the National Junior Championships Slalom with a superb display of Slalom skiing. Registering a time of 1:35.46, Palla came in more than a second ahead of Switzerland’s Marine Fatton in second with Kiara Derks of the Netherlands further back in third spot.

Candice Bomberg and Lois Jackson joined Palla on the British podium, taking second and third in the race for the SCGB Salver, while Bomberg was crowned the ESC Cup winner ahead of Charlotte Holmes and Honor Bartlett.

Victoria Palla tops the NJC Slalom Podium at the GB Alpine Championships, ahead of Marine Fatton and Kiara Derks

The Boys’ National Junior Championship Giant Slalom podium was a strictly international affair with Luc Roduit of Switzerland taking the U21 International Title ahead of France’s Auguste Aulnette and his compatriot Baptiste Sambuis, in a podium which saw less than a second between the three leaders.

Ed Guigonnet took the British title and with it the Walter Hutchinson Challenge Cup with Owen Vinter and Toby Jennings coming in second and third, with Jennings’ time of 2:00.28 enough to secure him the Dragon Ski Club Cup ahead of Max Laughland and George Black.

Ed Guigonnet, Owen Vinter, and Toby Jennings on the British NJC Giant Slalom Podium at the GB Alpine Championships 2022

Header Image: Giant Slalom, Ed Guigonnet wins the  British NJC – Walter Hutchinson Challenge Cup at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France, March 2022. Photo: GB Snowsport/ Amelia Steele

Amid more tricky conditions, Jessica Anderson bagged her fourth podium of the GB Alpine Championships and Ed Guigonnet was named British Men’s Combined Champion

With slope conditions in Tignes remaining challenging, Jess Anderson navigated a tricky Giant Slalom contest to take third place in the Women’s Giant Slalom National Championships, and with it her fourth podium of the week. One of four Brits to make the top-10, with Daisi Daniels, Abi Bruce, and Lois Jackson taking fifth, eighth and ninth spots respectively, Anderson’s time of 2:04.93 saw her slot in behind Annie Farquet of Switzerland and French skier Louison Accambray in second and first spots.

The result saw Anderson take the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup, while the Ladies Ski Club Open Challenge Cup and the Gordon Skiers Cup were shared by Candice Bromberg and Charlotte Holmes, who both notched times of 2:09.52. Anderson was also confirmed as the Women’s Combined Champion, taking the Lillywhite Gretton Trophy, with Lois Jackson and Daisi Daniels in second and third, while she also received the DHO Challenge Trophy.

The race was also significant away from the piste, as an all female Hill Team managed the Women’s GS, with Kirsty Crawford as Chief of Race, Christy Mackinnon as Referee, Stiliani Chroni the Technical Delegate, Alexandra Jubb as Start Ref, and Andrea Grant the Finish Ref.

Speaking afterwards, Anderson said:

It wasn’t my best skiing today, but in the difficult conditions I fought for the finish, and I’m pretty proud of that, and it’s nice to hold onto the DHO Challenge Trophy too!”

Jess Anderson (3rd), Annie Farquet (2nd), and Louison Accambray (1st) on the Women’s Giant Slalom podium

The Men’s Slalom race felt the worst of the day’s conditions, with an all-French podium of Leo Anguenot, August Aulnette, and Guerlain Favre managing a course which saw more than 50 skiers fail to finish to take the top three spots. The highest British finisher, Rob Poth, skied brilliantly to take eighth place, just over 2.00 back from Anguenot’s winning time, taking the National Ski Union Cup in the process.

Poth said:

“As always, it’s a bit of a fight in Tignes with these conditions. It was pretty brutal! I felt like I skied okay, I know I’m skiing quite well currently. First run was a bit squeaky bum time, to be honest, but I put one down and knew that the second run was just about getting in the track and fighting all the way down. Halfway down it was a little bit sketchy and I could hear the coaches shouting at me to hurry up.

Defending the [National Ski Union Cup] title means a lot. I tried to not really think about it and just treat it like any other race. I felt like I dealt with the pressure, and I’m super happy to get my name on it second time running.”

Rob Poth, Robert Holmes, and Owen Vinter on the National Ski Union Cup podium after the Men’s Slalom

Courtesy of his 17th place finish, Ed Guigonnet took the Fedden Cup for the British Combined title ahead of Owen Vinter and Toby Jennings, as well as the British Victoria Ludorum British Land Company Trophy.

Guigonnet said:

“The whole week’s been different with the conditions and today was complete chaos with the weather. I just tried to focus on my skiing and not on the race. Winning the Combined was quite a good surprise – there’s some big names on that trophy, so it’s quite impressive to be there for the next year!”

The McLeod Trophies were taken by Toby Jennings and Charlotte Holmes in the Men’s and Women’s categories respectively, with Jennings also awarded the Spence Trophy and the Schools Abroad Trophy, and Holmes the Inghams Hotel Plan Trophy. The Baird Trophy, meanwhile, went to Samuel Todd-Saunders.

Header Image: Giant Slalom Jess Anderson at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France, March 2022. Photo: GB Snowsport/ Amelia Steele

The third day of racing at the GB Alpine Championships saw Charlie Guest take the Slalom title, while Charlie Raposo grabbed third in the Giant Slalom

Amid heavy snowfall, inconsistent light, and challenging slope conditions, Charlie Guest‘s outstanding season was capped with victory in the Women’s Slalom National Championships on the third day of racing at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships.

Guest’s time of 1:28.55 saw her come in 0.2s ahead of fellow British skier, Victoria Palla, with 18-year-old Swiss, Anna Zurbriggen in third, while there was further British top-10 interest with Lois Jackson in seventh, Jess Anderson in eighth, and Sophie Foster in tenth.

After the race, Charlie Guest said:

“The conditions were definitely challenging today with the new snow overnight, but it held up really well and the second course today was actually really, really fun. It was some really nice, challenging combinations. I really enjoyed racing, and happy to come away with another national title!

These Championships have been held for such a long time, and you look at some of the names on the trophies and they were your idols growing up, so it’s really fun to be a part of that. It’s also the only time in the year we can all come together and race, and it’s something I’ve done ever since I was really little, so to come back now and support the next generation is something I enjoy doing.”

The Women’s Slalom Podium, with Charlie Guest in first and Victoria Palla in second

In the men’s races, Charlie Raposo grabbed third place in the Giant Slalom, continuing his excellent late-season form with his third podium since the turn of the year. On a course which saw big names including Laurie Taylor and Championships revelation Owen Vinter bow out on the second run, Raposo’s time of 1:55.90 was enough to secure him third spot behind the French pair of Loevan Parand and Leo Anguenot, who topped the podium.

Charlie Raposo spoke afterwards, saying:

“Conditions were tough today, really tough, with the snow falling and the surface snow breaking. First run I was able to ski okay, and second run I just did what I could to fight against the fast French boys! It was a bit of a battle with them, but it worked out okay and I’m happy with it.

It’s great to be here and see the young guys coming through. I remember being a young Brit here in Tignes and aspiring to what Dave [Ryding] was doing, so I think that’s an important part of being here, even if it’s just bringing passion to one kid who wants to keep pushing themselves.

“I’d say to any of them keep pushing, embrace the highs and lows. It’s a hell of a sport; it’s cool to be at the top of it, but it takes a lot of hard work, and that all starts with having the passion for it.”

The Men’s Giant Slalom podium, with Charlie Raposo in third

Trophy awards for the Slalom races went to Charlie Guest, who took the Evie Pinching Salver, and Charlotte Holmes who took the Ladies Ski Club Challenge Cup and the Schools Abroad Trophy.

Charlie Raposo, meanwhile, took tthe Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup and the Men’s GS UVEX Trophy ahead of Ed Guigonnet and George Black, with Black securing the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy and the Gordon Skiers Cup.

Header Image: Charlie Guest at the 2022 GB Alpine Championships  in Tignes, France, March 2022. Photo: GB Snowsport/ Amelia Steele

There were British victories in the Men’s and Women’s Downhill National Championship races, on the second day of competition at the GB Alpine Championships

Roy Steudle delivered an eye-catching day’s skiing as he captured both the National Championships and National Junior Championships Downhill titles at the GB Alpine Championships in Tignes today. The victories marked his first race wins since a 2019 FIS Super-G triumph in Bormio in 2019, and saw him hold off GB Alpine Championships Super-G champion Owen Vinter in both contests.

Steudle’s 1:11.13 in the National Championships race gave him a 0.38s margin over Vinter, with Azerbaijan’s Ilia Kostov coming third in 1:12.19. In the National Junior Championships race, Steudle set a marginally slower time of 1:11.53, fast enough to again put Vinter and Kostov in second and third spots respectively.

Speaking after the races, Steudle said:

In the first run it was a good run on the whole – I wouldn’t complain, there was a couple of turns that weren’t perfect, but the second run was as good as I can ski, so I’m happy with that.

I reallly enjoy competing here at these races, for me they sort of mark the end of the season and it’s great to see everybody together racing in one place. Usually I’m away on the road all the time alone, so it’s really great to have a sort of sense of family here.”

Roy Steudle celebrates victory in the Men’s Downhill, GB Alpine Championships 2022

In the Women’s Downhill events, Jessica Anderson took the National Championships title ahead of Charlotte Holmes and Jordina Caminal Santure of Andorra. Posting a time of 1:15.58 from bib 3, Anderson finished with a +0.43s margin over Holmes, who held second place by just 0.01s from Caminal Santure.

The Andorran was able to chalk up a victory of her own in the National Junior Championships race, though, finishing 0.05s ahead of Martine Brumin of Italy, with Anderson taking third spot a further 0.30s back.

Britain’s Lois Jackson finished fourth in both races, following up her brace of fourth places in Sunday’s Super-G action.

Jess Anderson said:

“First run my splits were quite slow, and I knew the bottom half I had to go – I think I got my line right and everything went quite well, so I’m pretty happy with that. Obviously just need to work on my flats still!”

Jess Anderson tops the Downhill podium at the British Alpine Championships 2022

Trophy awards from the Men’s Downhill National Championships were made to Roy Steudle, who took the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup and was named the Sir John Ritblat British Men’s Downhill Champion, Elliott Bennett who took the Dilnott-Cooper Cup, and Max Laughland the BSC Cup. The National Junior Championships awards were made to Owen Vinter, taking the Sunfold Cup and Max Laughland the U18 Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup.

The Women’s Downhill trophies went to Jessica Anderson, who took the Tomkinson Challenge Cup, and Charlotte Holmes who was awarded both the Field Challenge Cup and the Raynsford Trophy. Holmes also took the Lions Ski Club Trophy for her performance in the National Junior Championships, while Lois Jackson won the Lawson-Johnston Trophy.

Header Image: Roy Steudle competes at the GB Alpine Championships in Tignes, France, March 2022. Photo: GB Snowsport/ Amelia Steele

Katie Summerhayes ended the World Cup season with her best result of the year, while Ollie Davies, Alannah Lawrie, Laurie Taylor and Rob Poth all grabbed podium places

Beijing 2022 teammates Katie Summerhayes and Kirsty Muir were back in World Cup action this weekend, with each taking a top-8 spot in the Freeski Slopestyle World Cup in Silvaplana, Switzerland. Muir, who hasn’t once finished outside of the top-8 this season, took sixth with a score of 64.50, while for Summerhayes her 76.00 was enough to secure fourth spot and with it her best result of the season.

In the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle World Cup, Chris McCormick took 12th spot to record his second best result this season after his stunning seventh in Stubai in November, while Tyler Harding came in in 47th spot.

Silvaplana also saw the world’s best snowboarding talent in action, with Katie Ormerod finishing up in eighth spot in Slopestyle. Maisie Hill was also back in World Cup action after her outstanding WC debut last week, this time taking 19th spot. In the Men’s competition, Billy Cockrell was also in action, finishing up in 33rd spot.

In Ski Cross, Ollie Davies banked a pair of excellent results in Les Contamines with victory in the French National Championships followed up with ninth spot in the weekend’s Europa Cup races. Davies’ NC victory marks his first time at the top of the podium since victory in the Junior World Ski Championships back in 2018, while his Europa Cup top-10 equals his best World Cup finish of the season from earlier this month in Veysonnaz. Alannah Lawrie also saw a week of encouraging Ski Cross results, with third place in the FIS race at Albrechtice v Jizerskych horach, Czechia, followed by 11th and 16th place Europa Cup finishes in Les Contamines, alongside an 18th place in the National Championships race.

In Alpine, Owen Vinter’s pair of Super-G victories on the first day of the GB Alpine Championships marked a standout performance from the young Brit, while World Cup squad member Laurie Taylor took an excellent second place finish in the Slalom at the Swiss National Championships in Seefeld. Rob Poth, meanwhile, took his first ever FIS race victory with first place in the Slalom in Rogla, Slovenia.

At the European Youth Olympic Festival in Vuokatti, Finland, Koby Cook came an excellent fifth in the Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle, the result following his 24th place finish in the earlier Big Air contest.

Mateo Jeannesson’s excellent late-season form continued, meanwhile, coming fifth at the Moguls World Junior Championships in Chiesa, Italy, while in Snowboard Cross Huw Nightingale came in eighth in the Europa Cup races in Lenk, Switzerland, before finishing up in 25th in the Swiss National Championships.

The weekly GB Snowsport results summary is presented in association with Snow+Rock

Header Image: Ollie Davies competing this month. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Daniel Goetzhaber

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