GB Snowsport is pleased to announce that Alain Baxter has joined as a High Performance Coach for the Men’s Alpine World Cup Squad. 

Alain Baxter, GB Snowsport High Performance Coach, Men’s Alpine World Cup Squad said:

“It is an honour to be back with the GB Snowsport team. I’m really looking forward to joining a team that trains hard and the athletes show nothing but pure determination and a great team spirit. It’s going to be great working with Dave [Ryding], especially as we trained together all those years back, and now he’s one of the best in the world! The potential we have with Laurie [Taylor] and Billy [Major] is really exciting as well. It shows the ability and the strength that we have in our squad and I look forward to working hard with them to achieve their goals.”

Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport, Director of Alpine said:

“We are delighted to welcome Alain into our World Cup coaching team and excited to see how this team develops together. Alain brings a wealth of knowledge and his appointment demonstrates GB Snowsport’s commitment to pair our best athletes with the best coaches to help generate truly World Class training environments.”

  • GB Snowsport names 2021/22 Alpine squad, looking to build on exceptional results from covid-hit 2020/21 season
  • Six-strong World Cup squad heads British Alpine hopes, with seven new athletes named in FIS squad
  • Eight named in Europa Cup squad including Max Vaughton, promoted from FIS squad

GB Snowsport has confirmed the 50-person squad that will represent Britain on the international race circuit for the 2021/22 season. The squad will be looking to build on last season’s excellent results, which saw the nation return a number of outstanding finishes including victories and podium positions in World Cup and Europa Cup races.

Amid a challenging year for the global snowsports circuit, GB’s Alpine programme returned some outstanding results including a third career World Cup podium for 34-year-old Dave Ryding at Adelboden in January. Charlie Guest returned a series of career-best results including a Gold in the Europa Cup Finals in Reiteralm, meaning she has now won more Europa Cup races than any other British Alpine athlete, and Billy Major was crowned Europa Cup Champion in a season which saw him moved up to the World Cup squad. Laurie Taylor, meanwhile, secured his first ever Europa Cup podium position with victory in the Slalom at Val Cenis, and Alex Tilley achieved a 17th-place finish at the Cortina World Championships, her best-ever Giant Slalom result at a World Championships.

The squad also features seven new athletes named in the FIS squad for the first time, while 22-year-old Max Vaughton is promoted to the Europa Cup squad after a promising 2020/21 season which included an excellent first-place finish in the Men’s Alpine combined at the Santa Caterina FIS races in February.

Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport Alpine Director, said:

This is a pivotal season for Britain’s Alpine athletes, and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to name such a strong squad to represent the nation. Last year was an incredibly challenging year for everybody in our sport, but in the face of difficult circumstances British Alpine athletes showed the world that they are capable of making their mark on the biggest stages. Congratulations to all our athletes on their selection, and particularly so to the seven young skiers who feature for the first time.

World Cup athlete Dave Ryding said:

It is an honour to be selected to represent Great Britain again on the global stage, and I think the whole squad has reason to feel optimistic about the year ahead. I was really proud of my performances last season, and the podium finish at Abelboden is something I want to build on in the build-up to Beijing.

Fellow World Cup squad member, Charlie Guest, said:

Despite all the challenges we faced in the last 12 months, last season was an amazing year for British Alpine skiers, and I’m really happy to have played a part in that. This is a huge year for everyone in the GB squad. Knowing how hard everyone’s training and the support that’s going into Alpine right now, I’m sure we’re going to see more brilliant results for GB over the next 12 months.

World Cup squad

Female: Charlie Guest, Alex Tilley

Male: Billy Major, Charlie Raposo, Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor

europa cup squad

Female: Reece Bell

Male: Jack Gower, Leo Karavasili, Rob Poth, Roy Steudle, Max Vaughton*, Owen Vinter, Zak Vinter

fis squad

Female: Emelia Ackerley, Jess Anderson, Abi Bruce, Daisi Daniels, Alexa Elliff, Sophie Foster, Giselle Gorringe, Lois Jackson, Darcie Mead, Victoria Palla, Isla Ward, Sarah Woodward, Julia Wordley,

Male:  Diaco Abrishami, Seb Avent, Will Beney, Tom Butterworth, Toby Case, Jack Cunningham, Jake Doyle, Lucas Ellis**, Ed Guigonnet, Rob Holmes, Georgie Honeybone, Tom Hudson, Calum Langmuir, Max Laughland**, Christian McCourtie**, Kaylan Huisman Muro, Thomas Rampton, Dominic Shackleton**, Ted Slade, Jack Upton**, Aidan Urquhart**, Arie Van Vuuren, Oli Weeks.

* Promoted from 2020/21 FIS Squad
** New Entrant (2004 YOB)
New Entrant (2003 YOB)  

The 2021/22 Alpine World Cup Season is scheduled to begin on 23rd October with the Giant Slalom World Cup Opener in Sölden, AUT with the squad looking to build on last season’s excellent results in the coming Olympic Winter Games season.

Update: 11:24 30 Apr 2021 An earlier version of this release mistakenly omitted Max Laughland from the FIS Squad. This has now been updated to reflect Max’s selection.

Update: 12:31 30 Apr 2021 Jess Anderson has been added to the FIS Squad following the completion of a review process undertaken by the Alpine Selection Panel

The GB U21 Alpine skiers are back from the FIS World Junior Championships Bansko 2021 in Bulgaria with some encouraging results. The men’s team comprised Ed Guigonnet, Owen Vinter and Toby Case and the women’s team was Abi Bruce, Liv Foster and Daisi Daniels.

The race piste was the Giant Slalom course that was used in the Men’s World Cup the previous weekend, which made it a challenging one – steep, difficult and icy. Despite this the GB athletes put in some strong performances and achieved some very promising results.

Men’s results

Super G: Ed 13th, Owen 19th

Giant Slalom: Ed 27th (from bib 52)

Slalom : Owen 24th (from bib 45)

Women’s results

Giant Slalom : Abi 21st (from bib 46), Daisi 26th (from bib 47), Liv 32nd  (from bib 44)

Ed’s 13th in the Super G  is the best male result since Charlie Raposo in Are, Sweden in 2017 and best GB speed result this century! Abi’s 21st in the Giant Slalom is the best woman’s GS result since Chemmy Alcott in Tarvisio, Italy in 2002. Daisy Daniels also put in a strong performance particularly in the GS coming in 26th, the last time Great Britain had two women in the Top 30 of any Alpine discipline was Amanda Pirie and Chemmy Alcott in Quebec, Canada in 2000.

Congratulations to all the athletes who took part in the FIS World Junior Championships 2021. It was great experience for all the GB participants with promise of exciting things to come.

View the full results.

My best party trick is… “A sensational Moscow mule and being able to talk till the sun comes up.”

The geekiest thing about me is… “My blue light glasses and my love of a well organised spreadsheet.”

Tell me you’re a snowsports athlete without telling me you’re a snowsports athlete… “I ski a lot…”

A shower thought I had recently… “Compartmentalising all my shower thoughts would take me days. Some of my best ideas come in the shower. I’ve legitimately jumped out of the shower to write notes and then get back in before.”

Best dance move… “They’re all dad moves…”

When I’m not training or on snow you’ll find me… “Certainly with friends, whether it’s enjoying the outdoors or being in a restaurant / bar is another question.”

Guilty pleasure… “Donuts or a great evening with friends.”

Best travel story… “I’ll write my memoirs one day because there are too many to list off.”

Biggest fail… “The significant amount of times I’ve front flipped out of a parallel start gate.”

Typical Sunday… “Wholesome. Good food. Great company. Chilled vibes.”

Weirdest gift I’ve given or received… “I wouldn’t call it weird, but I’m now at the age where I got given two candles for my birthday and I was low key pretty excited about it.”

Two truths and a lie… “I’ve got OCD, I’m a lightweight, I love tequila.”

I won’t shut up about… “Anything and everything.”

The pandemic has taught me… “Who are the people I really want to spend my time and what really brings me happiness in life.”

GB Snowsport today announce that the British Senior Alpine Championships 2021, which were due to be held in Tignes, France between March 28th – April 4th, 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

We have been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and due to the British Government’s guidelines around international travel, we have reached this decision with our partners Tignes.

We are looking forward to coming back bigger and better in 2022, with the Senior Championships taking place between 27th March and 3rd April 2022 and the Children’s Championships from 4th April to 8th April.

Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport Alpine Director:

“It is with great regret that we have to make this announcement. The GB Champs is a real highlight of the season and a key milestone event for so many of our athletes. The GB Snowsport alpine squad have achieved some fantastic results so far this season, and I know they were looking forward to competing in Tignes. To be starved of it for 2 consecutive seasons is a real shame but we will return to Tignes in 2022 and endeavour to make it the biggest and best GB Champs yet. This year has been a real challenge for us all and I hope that we can get back to the sport that we love very soon”.

Frédéric Porte, Director General of Tignes Development:

“Hosting the GB Snowsport British Alpine Championships in Tignes has become a tradition over the years. The bond that we have with GB Snowsport has historically been very strong and seeing the 2021 edition of the Championships also being cancelled (after the first cancellation in 2020) due to the global COVID pandemic is a great disappointment for all. We will make sure though that together with GB Snowsport we will prepare the best ever 2022 edition. In the meantime; stay safe!”

Updated 24th February 2021

The Home Nations and the TD Forum met on 18th Feb to conduct their scheduled review with regard BASS Seeding and TD assignment for the remainder of the 2020-21 on-snow season.

The review looked at the current and ongoing restrictions imposed by Governments at a national and inter-national level, including local and regional lockdowns and current travel restrictions; particularly noting the challenges these regulations impose for organisers and officials, as well as athletes and their supporters.  The following was decided:

·       The provision to accept results for BASS seeding from events in the UK Geographic area was withdrawn with immediate effect. TDs will not be assigned, nor results accepted from any event within UK for the remainder of the season.

·       The suspension of the assignment of TDs and the acceptance of results for BASS seeding from events held in Europe was extended until the end of the season.

This ends BASS sanctioned events for the 2020-21 snow season and thus the BASS List will be closed for the season with immediate effect. As there have been no BASS seeded races in the 2020-21 snow season it is intended to carry forward the closing BASS list from the end of the 2019-20 season as the start list for the 2021-22 snow season, subject to technical considerations. More details will follow in due course.

The Home Nations and the TD Forum will now focus on supporting the artificial ski slope events in UK across the summer should restrictions allow. Snowsport England, Scotland and Wales, will review the summer calendar in light of all relevant restrictions, ensuring that events are supported where travel and regional restrictions allow for fair and safe racing across the whole ski community; noting that time for athletes to train prior to the restart of racing is an important safety factor. The TD Forum will assign TDs and accept results for seeding in support of the Home Nations approved programme and will review the necessary rules, including those adopted for the 2020 summer season, to ensure safe, fair and compliant events prior to the start of the season.

GB Snowsport today announce that the British Alpine Children’s Championships 2021, which were due to be held in Tignes, France between April 5th – April 9th, 2021 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.  

Following weeks of continued monitoring of the global pandemic, the GB Snowsport Board has made the decision to cancel the event. 

With current Government UK Guidelines stating that only elite athletes can travel, GB Snowsport is awaiting further clarification from officials, before making a decision on the FIS British Alpine Championships due to take place in Tignes between March 28th – April 4th.

Vicky Gosling OBE, Chief Executive Officer of GB Snowsport, said: “We acknowledge that it is enormously disappointing that we’ve had to cancel the British Children’s Championships for a second year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We take the safety and well-being of all children, officials and spectators extremely seriously, which is why we had to make this difficult, but necessary decision. I want to personally thank Tignes for their continued partnership, and we look forward to returning in 2022.”

For more information please contact: gbalpinechamps@gbsnowsport.com

GB Snowsport are pleased to announce the squad for the 2021 Alpine World Championships, which are taking place in Cortina, Italy.

The Championships, taking place from 7th to 21st February, will see the following GB Snowsport compete across the individual and team events:

Ladies Team

Charlie Guest – Slalom, Individual Parallel and Team Event

Alex Tilley – Slalom, Super G, Giant Slalom, Individual Parallel and Team Event

Sarah Woodward – Individual Parallel (Reserve for Team Event)

Men’s Team

Billy Major – Slalom, Individual Parallel and Team Event

Laurie Taylor – Slalom, Individual Parallel and Team Event

Charlie Raposo – Giant Slalom, Individual and Team Event

Dave Ryding – Slalom

*Team Event final selection to be made after individual parallel event.

Paul Trayner Alpine Director, GB Snowsport “It has been such a difficult year for everyone, however, we go into this year’s World Championships with one of the strongest teams ever, after a season of top results. A World Cup podium for Dave, 3 Europa Cup winners and with Alex skiing consistently in the top 30 at World Cup level we have so much to look forward to in the next couple of weeks. It’s also great to see the group of young skiers vying for selection, scoring Europa Cup points and winning National Championships, ensuring that GBR continues to push forward to the Olympics and beyond.”

Dave Ryding, Alpine athlete “I am always very proud to represent Great Britain on the international stage, however with a major event such as the World Championships there is always the extra proudness and passion that comes with representing our amazing nation. Personally I am pretty experienced with such events and will look to leave everything I have on the hill come race day to make my nation proud. I am also very excited for the GB Snowsport Alpine team as a whole; we have some very talented skiers in our team and certainly, since I have been involved, it is by far our strongest team.”

We caught up with former GB Snowsport Alpine and Ski Cross athlete, and now host of the well known The Ski Racing Podcast, Ed Drake about his perspective on British skiing in 2021.

What are your thoughts on the current status of British Alpine Skiing?

British Skiing is in a great place at the moment, we now have multiple athletes pushing for World Cup success in almost every discipline. Dave Ryding is going from strength to strength, pulling Laurie and now Billy along as well, Raposo is on the cusp of picking up WC points in GS, and Alex Tilley and Charlie Guest are working hard to build on their success from the early part of this season.

How do you think ski racing has changed since you retired in 2016?

I think level of winning performance hasn’t changed too much since I retired but the depth of talent is insane right now, especially on the mens side, one tiny mistake can be the difference between a top 10 and being well outside the points!

You do your predictions for the coming events every week but do you have any predictions for the overall season, particularly in relation to the GB Snowsport Athletes?

I’m really hopefully for some big performances this coming season from the Brits. I truly believe that we will see another WC podium from Ryding this year and be back inside the top 7 in the standings come the end of the season. Tilley, if she can find some consistency, will be a regular within the top 15 in GS, I also think we will see a top 10 from her this year. Charlie Guest has scored her first WC points can only be good, now she can push on to becoming a regular in the top 30. Raposo been so close to scoring WC points, I think he will break his WC duck this season.

If anyone reading this is considering getting into competitive skiing, what words of advice would you offer them?

Dedication is 100% the biggest factor to success!! There will be highs and lows but its having the determination to strive for success no matter what!

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