On a week of unprecedented success for British skiers and snowboarders, the nation’s athletes delivered 12 medals including three golds in a show of strength that confirms Britain’s standing as home to some of the world’s most exciting snowsport competitors.

At the Para Alpine World Championships Espot, Spain, Neil Simpson and Rob Poth banked gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Super-G, Slalom, and Giant Slalom respectively, crowning a 12-month period that secured gold and bronze medals in the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games for Simpson alongside his brother Andrew, as well as silver in the Super-Combined on Simpson’s World Championships debut in Lillehammer last year. Skiing together for the first time at major competition, after injury to Andrew in training over the winter, Simpson and Poth delivered a string of outstanding race performances amid fierce competition from the Italian pairing of Giacomo Bertagnolli and Andrea Ravelli, and Austria’s Joannes Aigner and Matteo Fleischmann.

In the Women’s VI Class, Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest continued to show the form which has made Fitzpatrick Britain’s most decorated winter Paralympian with outstanding silver and bronze medal performances in the Giant Slalom and the Slalom, echoing the two medals the pair took at last year’s Lillehammer World Championships.

The Para Nordic World Championships in Ostersund, Sweden, meanwhile delivered a richly-deserved silver medal for Scott Meenagh in the 12.5km Biathlon. Meenagh, whose performances throughout the Championships were exceptional, finally took the podium that he has battled towards for so long, with a pristine shooting performance matched by a blistering ski pace. In the process, Meenagh delivered a first ever British Para Nordic World Championships medal, proving beyond doubt his strength as a skier and as a competitor at the highest levels of one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.

The 2023 X Games in Aspen, Colorado, saw three of the stars of British Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard invited to compete, with Zoe Atkin taking gold in a jaw-dropping display of half-pipe skiing, Kirsty Muir securing a brace of bronze medals in Slopestyle and Big Air that confirmed her status as one of the sport’s most promising athletes, and Mia Brookes a superb sixth place on her X Games debut. The team’s performances propelled Britain to seventh in the medal table, and saw some of Britain’s finest young athletes matched with the world’s best and most exciting freestyle talent.

Freestyle medals were also in the offing at the European Youth Olympic Festival where Team GB flagbearer, Charlie Lane, took gold in Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle and silver in Big Air. At just 16 years of age, Lane’s performances continue a meteoric rise for the young Brit who first competed at international level in 2020.

In Moguls, Makayla Gerken-Schofield’s superb 2022/23 season finally brought the World Cup podium that her performances have so richly deserved, with third place in the Val St. Come Dual Moguls World Cup. Having taken eighth place in the previous day’s single Moguls contest, Gerken-Schofield’s third spot means she becomes the second Gerken-Schofield to take a Moguls World Cup podium following older brother Thomas Gerken-Schofield’s history-making second place in Krasnoyarsk in 2020, and leaves her having not finished outside the top-10 in any of the season’s seven World Cup competitions to date. In the Men’s competitions, Mateo Jeannesson took 31st in single Moguls and 40th in Dual Moguls, while Makayla’s fellow Beijing 2022 Olympian, Will Feneley, came 36th and 31st in single and Dual Moguls respectively.

With the Cross-Country World Championships on the horizon, Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, and James Clugnet were in action at the Les Rousses World Cup, with Young’s 15th place finish in the Sprint C the highlight of the team’s performances. Young also added a 47th and 50th place in the 10km F and 20km C, while Musgrave finished 17th, 52nd, and 35th in 10km F, Sprint C, and 20km C. Clugnet, meanwhile, was 61st in 10km F and 48th in Sprint C.

Alpine interests were focused on Schladming and Spindleruv Mlyn, with the Men’s Slalom and GS teams in action in Schladming, and Reece Bell returning for only the second World Cup race of her career in Spindleruv Mlyn, Dave Ryding delivering the week’s best performance with a 12th place finish in the Schladming Slalom WC.

The Alpine World Junior Championships concluded, with Calum Langmuir and Giselle Gorringe seeing the pick of the results. Langmuir’s 17th in the Men’s Super-G was a performance of real grit and promise, while Gorringe’s 23rd place in the Women’s Super-G left her unfortunate not to secure a top-20 spot, but still with much to reflect positively on. The Men’s Downhill, meanwhile, saw all three British entrants finish within the top-40, with Calum Langmuir in 32nd, Dominic Shackleton in 34th and Max Laughland in 37th. Further finishes were secured by Louis de Pourtales, Laughland, and Langmuir in the Men’s Giant Slalom.

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Dave Ryding and Mia Brookes put the crowning touches on an exceptional week of competition for Britain’s Skiers and Snowboarders

A year to the day from his jaw-dropping victory at the Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding was back on the podium for the first time this season as he delivered a blistering second run performance to rise from sixteenth to second on one of the world’s most revered Slalom stages. Remarkably, it was the third time that Ryding had made the podium at Kitzbuehel, having also taken second spot in the 2017 race exactly six years earlier.

In a packed and highly competitive field, Ryding’s first run put him in sixteenth place and with work to do if the race leaders were going to face a challenge from the reigning champion. From the moment he left the gate for this second run, though, it was clear that Ryding wouldn’t relinquish his crown without a fight, putting down a staggeringly fast and technically perfect run that saw him move straight into top spot. In the end, only Switzerland’s Daniel Yule could match Ryding’s endeavours, coming in 0.40s ahead of the Rocket, but 0.31s down on the Brit’s sensational second run time.

Earlier in the competition, Billy Major took an excellent 23rd place finish for his best World Cup finish of the season, while Laurie Taylor just missed out on qualification for the second run.

Incredibly, Ryding’s podium marked Britain’s second snowsport silver of the day, with Mia Brookes earlier delivering on her incredible potential by taking silver in the Laax Open Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup. Competing in only her third World Cup competition, having been ineligible through age last season, and the first Slopestyle World Cup of her career, Brookes was in breath-taking form throughout the weekend, qualifying for Finals in top spot before delivering a sensational performance to leave her with a score of 79.91, behind only Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand.

Brookes’ World Cup career has now yielded a ninth place, a fifth place, and a runner’s up spot across three World Cups, with the 16-year-old next set to compete in the prestigious X Games competition later this month.

Brookes will be joined at X Games by Freeski sensation Kirsty Muir, who notched yet another World Cup top-10 with sixth place in the Laax Open Freeski Slopestyle World Cup. Muir’s result came through the qualifying rounds as the Final was eventually called off owing to treacherous weather on a weekend beset by challenging conditions. The result gives Muir her eighth World Cup top-10 finish at the age of just 18, with each of her three World Cup competitions this season ending in the top-10.

In the men’s competitions in Laax, Billy Cockrell came 28th in the Snowboard World Cup, while in the Freeski contest Tyler Harding was the pick of the Brits with a 24th place finish, Chris McCormick coming in in 41st, and Tom Greenway in 48th.

Ollie Davies’ World Cup season continued with 17th and 30th placed finishes in Idre Fjall’s back-to-back Ski Cross World Cups, with the first of the two races granting Davies his second best result of the season after his exceptional seventh place finish in the last of 2022’s World Cup races in Innichen, Italy.

While the Para Alpine World Championships suffered schedule changes and delays due to high winds, the Para Nordic World Championships in Ostersund had enjoyed more serene conditions, and a pair of outstanding results for Britain’s sole competitor at this year’s Championships, Scott Meenagh. His fourth and seventh place finishes in the 7.5km Sprint Biathlon and 18km Individual Classic represented an outstanding demonstration of the skill and strength that Meenagh has shown over his years competing for Britain as a Para Nordic sit skier. The Championships are set to continue until 27 January with Meenagh’s form promising more excellent results.

In the Olympic Cross Country discipline, James Clugnet and Andrew Young took a stunning top-10 finish in the Livigno World Cup Team Sprint, with Clugnet also finishing in the top-20 in the Sprint Free race, coming 17th having qualified for Finals in 7th. Andrew Young came in 32nd, just outside of the qualifying sports for the Quarter Finals round.

The Telemark squad saw their first World Cup races of the season deliver a pair of fourth-place finishes for Jaz Taylor in dual sprint races in Carezza, Italy, with Timote Gough also picking up an excellent 12th place finish in the second of the week’s World Cup races.

At the World Junior Alpine Championships, Calum Langmuir picked up the best British men’s result since 2021 with 17th place in the Super-G competition, with an excellent run which saw him looking close to podium form until a tricky few gates near the bottom of the course. Meanwhile, the World University Games saw Britain’s snowsport athletes bank two medals with Scott Johns taking a first ever British WUGS Ski Cross Gold, while Thea Fenwick took bronze in the Freeski Slopestyle event, just ahead of teammate Olivia Burke in fourth. Jay Hebblethwaite also took fourth in the Men’s Freeski Slopestyle, while Ben Carpenter finished 22nd in both Alpine Snowboard Parallel SL and Parallel GS.

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Britain’s Para Snowboard and Para Alpine squads were back in the medals this weekend, while Mia Brookes made history

Despite confirmation that the Para Snowboard World Championships have been delayed until March, James Barnes-Miller and Nina Sparks kept up the team’s excellent season in Pyha, Finland. Barnes-Miller’s double gold in the weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cup races capped a sensational weekend’s racing from the team, which also saw Sparks take silver and bronze across the two Europa Cup races, with Ollie Hill finishing fourth and eighth in his World Cup competitions.

The Para Alpine squad also took to the snow, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest taking a hard-fought Slalom silver in Veysonnaz, just 0.73s behind the race winner, Austria’s Veronika Aigner, with the Para Alpine World Championships now confirmed to take place as scheduled from 21-29 January in Espot, Spain.

The Freestyle Snowboard Big Air World Cup season drew to a close at the weekend, with Mia Brookes making history as she became the first athlete to stomp a flat-spin cab 1260 in a women’s World Cup competition on her way to a breath taking fifth place in Kreischberg. The result confirms a staggering first season on the World Cup circuit for 15-year-old Brookes, who was the youngest athlete to make the Finals field by a distance, and marks her out as perhaps the most exciting young talent in women’s Freestyle Snowboard.

Maisie Hill’s own excellent form continued, meanwhile, as she finished in tenth spot, just outside of Finals qualification, and adding to her own record of three top-10 places in four World Cup competitions to date.

At Wengen Alpine Slalom World Cup, Dave Ryding came in just outside of the top-20 with a 21st place finish, the result meaning Ryding has hit the top-30 in all five Slalom World Cup races this season in a show of his consistency, despite suffering illness coming into the weekend’s races. Laurie Taylor finished outside of qualification for the second run, while Billy Major notched a DNF in the first run.

Earlier in the week, meanwhile, Victoria Palla became the latest British Alpine skier to make her World Cup debut, in the Flachau Slalom World Cup lodging a DNF, but winning valuable experience at the highest levels of the sport. Roy-Alexander Steudle took two top-40 finishes in the Sella Nevea Downhill EC, within Owen Vinter also finishing both races in 66th and 55th position respectively.

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13 British skiers and snowboarders, competing across five disiciplines, will represent Team GB at the 2023 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival

The British Olympic Association has today confirmed that 13 ski and snowboard athletes will travel to Friuli-Venezia Giulia as part of an 18 athlete Team GB to compete at the 2023 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival.

Six Alpine skiers, one Ski Cross athlete, one Freeskier, three Freestyle Snowboarders, one Snowboard Cross athlete and one Alpine Snowboarder will compete in the Festival’s snowsport disciplines against 14-18 year old athletes from almost 40 countries in one of the largest youth winter sport gatherings in the world.

EYOFs play an important role in the development of young British athletes, providing crucial multi-sport event experience and guiding them towards realising their Olympic ambitions.

Italy will become the first nation to host the event twice, 30 years after staging the inaugural Winter EYOF in Aosta in 1993. The competition will take place across the northern Italian territory of Friuli-Venezia Giulia as well as neighbouring regions in Austria and Slovenia, with over 2,000 atheltes from 40 nations expected to participate.

This year’s British delegation will follow in the footsteps of Katie Summerhayes, Chemmy Alcott, Kirsty Muir and many others who represented Team GB at youth events before going on to compete at a senior Olympic Winter Games.

Many of the young athletes selected for Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2023 have ambitions to do the same, and with the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games drawing closer, the Winter EYOF offers a valuable opportunity to build their confidence when competing on the international stage.

Pete Ambrose, Team GB Chef de Mission for Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2023, said:

“It is a huge honour to be the Chef de Mission and lead Team GB in Friuli Venezia Giulia. It will be the first time many of our young athletes experience the Olympic movement and is an invaluable opportunity for them to develop in an international competition of this level.

“While it may be many of the athletes’ first exposure to a multi-sport event environment, Team GB has a great history of youth athletes taking part in an EYOF and going on to become senior Olympians and medallists, so it will be great to help them use it as a foundation for future Games. It is a really exciting time to be a part of British winter sport.”

Olivia Howeson, said:

“I’ve been training hard in the run up to EYOF and have been really enjoying it, it makes me very excited for the Games and I’m looking forward to seeing how I can perform. It feels amazing to be able to represent my country, it’s always been a dream of mine and I’m very proud to be able to race for Team GB.”

Charlotte Holmes, said:

“I’m really excited to put what I’ve been doing in training on the big stage. It’s something I’ve been working towards over the past few years and to be able to do it with my teammates and meet new people is going to be really special.”

Snowsport Discipline Athletes Selected:

Alpine

  • Olivia Howeson (16, Welwyn Garden City)
  • Charlotte Holmes (17, Burnley)
  • Molly Butler (16, Guildford)
  • George Black (17, Bury St Edmunds)
  • Jack Irving (17, Carol Springs)
  • Luca Carrick-Smith (17, Edinburgh)

Freestyle Skiing

  • Bailey Webster (16, Castleford)

Freestyle Snowboard (Slopestyle and Big Air)

  • Charlie Lane (15, Brighton)
  • Teiva Hamaini (15, Gibraltar)
  • Amber Fennell (15, Dudley)

Ski Cross

  • Jake Dade (16, Great Yarmouth)

Alpine Snowboard

  • Samuel Carpenter (16, High Wycombe)

Snowboard Cross

  • Mackenzie Patrick (17, Frimley)

Header Image: Olivia Howeson. Photo Credit: Racer Ready.

Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes and Maisie hill all took top-10s in Chur, but the weather played havoc in Soelden as the 2022/23 World Cup season got underway

Kirsty Muir, Mia Brookes, and Maisie Hill all secured top-10 finishes at the season-opening Chur Big Air World Cup as British athletes showed up strong on the opening weekend of the 2022-23 World Cup season.

In front of packed crowds, the Chur Big Air World Cup saw some of the world’s best Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard talent take to the snow, with Kirsty Muir and Chris McCormick carrying British interest in the opening Freeski competition, McCormick’s 28th place finish marking his second-best Big Air WC finish and his second time inside the top-30.

Muir, meanwhile, qualified for Finals in fourth before finishing up in seventh spot for her first Big Air WC top-10 finish having previously broken Big Air top-10s at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games, the FIS Junior World Ski Championships and in two European Cup competitions.

Saturday’s Freestyle Snowboard contest saw Billy Cockrell, Maisie Hill, and Mia Brookes line up for Britain, with the competition marking Brookes’ first venture onto the World Cup stage at the age of just 15. While all three found challenges in the speed of the set-up, Hill and Brookes both broke into the top-10 with Hill’s 10th place marking her second career WC top-10, and Brookes’ ninth place leaving her just short of the Finals on a terrific WC debut. Cockrelll’s 38th place on only his fourth Big Air World Cup also saw reasons for encouragement.

In Soelden, the Alpine season opener got off to a tricky start with the Women’s GS race cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, denying Alex Tilley the opportunity to return to the venue of her stunning 13th place finish last season. With conditions having improved enough to stage the men’s race the following day, Charlie Raposo missed out on qualification for the second run, coming in in 56th spot after the first run, just under 2s outside of the qualifying spots.

With weather conditions continuing to prove challenging across large parts of Europe, the next scheduled race dates in the Alpine calendar are 12-13 November Lech-Zuers Parallel World Cup.

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Header Image: Chris McCormick at Big Air WC Chur, October 2022. Photo: Ben Kinnear

British athletes return to the World Cup stage for the first time this season, as World Cup competitions are set for Chur, Switzerland, and Soelden, Austria

In Chur, the Big Air World Cup gets underway Friday-Saturday, with British athletes in both the Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard line-ups. In Freeski, Beijing Winter Olympian Kirsty Muir will be joined by Chris McCormick, while the Freestyle Snowboard competition will see Maisie Hill, Billy Cockrell and, on her World Cup debut, Mia Brookes line up to represent British interests.

Saturday-Sunday, meanwhile, will see Alex Tilley and Charlie Raposo line up in Soelden for the first Alpine World Cup meet of the season. For Tilley, the race marks a return to the site of her equal career-best World Cup performance, the 13th placed finish she secured 12 months ago. In the men’s GS, Raposo will be looking to build on a promising end to the 2022-23 season which saw him secure consecutive top-30 finishes in Kranjskar Gora, including a career-best 16th place in his last World Cup race before this weekend.

Chur Big Air – Freeski

  • Chris McCormick
  • Kirsty Muir

Chur Big Air – Freestyle Snowboard

  • Mia Brookes
  • Billy Cockrell
  • Maisie Hill

Soelden World Cup – Giant Slalom

  • Charlie Raposo
  • Alex Tilley

Header Image: Alex Tilley at Soelden World Cup, October 2021. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Thomas Bachun

Confirmation of the 2022-23 Freestyle Squad brings together some of the world’s most exciting ski and snowboard talent competing under the GB Snowsport banner

Reigning Snowboard Cross World Champion and Crystal Globe holder, Charlotte Bankes, is among the 52 athletes named today in the British Freestyle Ski and Snowboard squad ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season.

Featuring athletes competing across seven disciplines, the squad also boasts 9 World Cup, World Championship and X Games podium holders, as well as perhaps the world’s most exciting young snowboarder in Mia Brookes.

Mia Brookes

Brookes, who is set to make her World Cup debut as part of the Freestyle “A” Squad, heads into the season off the back of a record of eight victories and one runner-up spot from nine competitions in the 2021/22 season as well as three ANZ competition wins in Perisher, Australia this summer. She is joined by Beijing Olympian Katie Ormerod, Maisie Hill, Billy Cockrell, Jamie Nicholls and Fin Bremner in an exciting Slopestyle/Big Air line-up which also includes Liam Tynan, Lenny Fenning, Charlie Lane, Teiva Hamaini, Amber Fennell, and Emily Rothney in the ‘B’ Squad. Siddartha Ullah, meanwhile, takes a ‘B’ Squad spot as the sole member of the British Freestyle Snowboard Half Pipe line-up. Matt McCormick, who has been an integral part of the Freestyle Snowboard squad since 2015, will be stepping away from the World Class Programme squad environment owing to the effects of a long-lasting concussion. Matt will focus on other projects while remaining a part of the snowboard community, and will always remain a valued and highly-respected part of the GB Snowsport family.

Charlotte Bankes will compete alongside Maisie Potter and fellow Beijing Olympian Huw Nightingale in the Snowboard Cross World Cup Squad, while a nine-person Ski Cross Squad will see World Cup Squad members Ollie Davies and Emma Peters joined by Tommy Dade, Scott Johns, Owen Johns, Gregory Baillie, Max Vaughton, Patrick Young, Alannah Lawrie, and Claire Winthrop in the Europa Cup Squad.

Charlotte Bankes at Schladming Snowboard Cross World Cup, March 2022 Photo: GEPA pictures/ Harald Steiner

In a Freeski Slopestyle and Big Air ‘A’ Squad roster packed full of experience at the top of the sport, Beijing competitors James Woods, Katie Summerhayes and Kirsty Muir have been selected alongside 2018 Olympic medallist Izzy Atkin and are joined by Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick, James Pouch, Tom Greenway and Connie Brogden. Jasper Klein, Felix Klein, Justin Taylor-Tipton, Mason Ferebee, and Dylan Boyes make up the ‘B’ Squad.

Fresh from her Olympic debut in Beijing, Zoe Atkin is the sole Freeski Halfpipe ‘A’ Squad competitor for the coming season, with Sam Gaskin and Sam Ward both selected in the ‘B’ Squad. Gus Kenworthy, whose final competition came in the Beijing Olympic Winter Games Halfpipe Final, leaves the Squad as one of the most iconic Freeskiers of all time, following confirmation of his retirement.

Zoe Atkin competing in Women’s Ski SuperPipe during X Games Aspen 2021 (Photo by Matt Morning / ESPN Images)

In Moguls, a six-person World Cup Squad features Leonie, Makayla, and Tom Gerken Schofield with Will Feneley, Skyler Nunn, and Mateo Jeannesson rounding out the line-up.

A number of athletes named across the squads are included on provisional selection status, pending their ability to hit agreed criteria during the coming season.

Speaking after the squad announcement, Mia Brookes said:

I can’t wait for the season to get started and to get going with all the other guys on the GB squad. The last couple of years have been insane, and this year’s a big opportunity for me to show the world what I can do. I’ve grown up seeing what Katie and Jamie have done for British snowboarding over the past few years, and training alongside them is pretty cool.”

Chris McCormick said:

Looking ahead it’s definitely going to be a busy season with a lot of contests in the calendar. It’s an exciting time with plenty of experience in the team as well as some new faces and we’re all stoked to show what British Freeskiing is capable of.”

Head Coach, Pat Sharples, added:

“We’re really proud to name a Freestyle Squad with so many of the world’s biggest names in its ranks. Our Freestyle skiers and snowboarders are some of the most exciting athletes in the world, and the blend of experience and emerging talent in the British ranks is super exciting.

“Everyone selected in this year’s Squad should be really proud of themselves, and I’d like to particularly congratulate all the athletes selected for the first time this year. This is such an exciting time to be part of this team and we can expect to see some huge performances over the next 10 months.”

Freeski – Slopestyle & Big Air

A Squad

  • Izzy Atkin
  • Connie Brogden
  • Tom Greenway
  • Tyler Harding
  • Chris McCormick
  • Kirsty Muir
  • James Pouch
  • Katie Summerhayes
  • James Woods

B Squad

  • Dylan Boyes
  • Mason Ferebee
  • Felix Klein
  • Jasper Klein
  • Justin Taylor-Tipton

Freeski – Half Pipe

A Squad

  • Zoe Atkin

B Squad

  • Sam Gaskin
  • Sam Ward

Freestyle Snowboard – Slopestyle & Big Air

A Squad

  • Fin Bremner
  • Mia Brookes
  • Billy Cockrell
  • Maisie Hill
  • Jamie Nicholls
  • Katie Ormerod

B Squad

  • Roahan Duncan
  • Amber Fennell
  • Lenny Fenning
  • Teiva Hamaini
  • Max Jorges
  • Charlie Lane
  • Euan Rogers
  • Emily Rothney
  • Liam Tynan

Freestyle Snowboard – Half Pipe

B Squad

  • Siddhartha Ullah

Moguls

World Cup Squad

  • Will Feneley
  • Leonie Gerken Schofield
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield
  • Thomas Gerken Schofield
  • Mateo Jeannesson
  • Skyler Nunn

Ski Cross

World Cup Squad

  • Ollie Davies
  • Emma Peters

Europa Cup Squad

  • Gregory Baillie
  • Tommy Dade
  • Alannah Lawrie
  • Owen Johns
  • Scott Johns
  • Max Vaughton
  • Claire Winthrop*
  • Patrick Young*

Snowboard Cross

World Cup Squad

  • Charlotte Bankes
  • Huw Nightingale*
  • Maisie Potter*

Provisional selections pending meeting criteria by dates agreed by the Coaching team

Get the latest info on preparations for the 2022-23 season, as British athletes’ build-up to competition continues

British athletes were back on snow this month as pre-season training kicked up a gear ahead of the resumption of the 2022/23 World Cup programme in October.

During a phased return to the slopes, as each discipline takes advantage of enhanced athlete testing, conditioning, and fitness work, the men’s Alpine squad were into training in Stelvio, while the Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard travelled to Genk, Belgium, for training blocks on cutting-edge Air Bag facilities and to Manchester for UK camps and screening sessions.

Meanwhile, the Ski and Snowboard Cross and Para Snowboard squads have been in Les Deux Alpes for on-snow training blocks, with Ski and Snowboard Cross also travelling into Corsica for bike camp training, while Moguls have banked dry land and water camp training as preparations for the new season ramp up. The Cross Country squad have been put through their paces in Bo, Norway, with a camp taking in the Rollerski World Cup, which saw Andrew Young take fourth place and James Clugnet fifth, with the Para Nordic squad also taking part in the British Rollerski Championships.

For others the preparations continue at home with athletes from the Moguls, Cross Country, and Ski and Snowboard Cross teams helping support Home Nations competitions and development programmes across the country.

GB Snowsport Head Coach, Pat Sharples, has been out on camp with a number of the teams and said:

“With pre-season now underway, it’s great to see how high motivation is among all the athletes, coaches, and support staff, especially after such a busy last year. For the first time in a long time, it feels like we’ve come out of the stresses and the challenges of managing the pandemic and the preparations for Beijing, and this year really gives us all a fresh start as we lead up to Milan-Cortina.

We’ve got a lot of training and a lot of hard work still to come, but it’s really exciting to be counting down to the start of the new season.”

Cross-Country – Sognefjellet, Norway


Andrew Musgrave and James Clugnet with Austria’s Mika Vermeulen


James Clugnet

Freestyle Ski & Snowboard – Genk, Belgium


Billy Cockrell


Chris McCormick

Image Credits: Jostein Vinjerui, Ben Kinnear

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

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