British Alpine history was made on the slopes of Kitzbuehel and Gangwon on a superb weekend of British snowsport action

Kitzbuehel sees three in top-20

All three members of the Men’s Slalom team finished inside the top-20 at the Kitzbuehel Slalom, marking the first time in modern history that Britain has delivered three top-20 finishes at an Alpine World Cup.

Billy Major roared out of the first run to finish in joint-10th spot alongside teammate Dave Ryding at the end of the first run, while Laurie Taylor showed superb grit to see out tricky conditions and qualify for the second run in 29th spot.

From there, with five skiers failing to finish the second run, Dave Ryding delivered his now typical second run brilliance with the second fastest second run of the day to catapult himself to the top of the standings, before being overhauled in the latter stages of the race for an eventual fifth place finish. Taylor landed the seventh best second run of the day to bring himself a 19th place finish and a person best, while Major also secured a World Cup personal best with 13th spot, less than 0.3s outside of the top-10.

Elsewhere on the Alpine World Cup circuit, Charlie Guest finished just outside of the top-30 at the Jasna Slalom World Cup, missing out on the second run by hundredths of a second.

Carrick-Smith takes Gold in Gangwon

Zak Carrick-Smith delivered a sensational performance in Team GB colours at the Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon to take Britain’s first ever Alpine gold medal in an Olympic competition, with victory in the Alpine Combined.

Find out more about Carrick-Smith’s history-making victory here.

Taylor goes four-from-four in stunning Telemark SPrint run

Jaz Taylor’s sensational World Cup season rolled on with back-to-back victories in the Carezza Dolomites Telemark Sprint World Cup, leaving her with four victories from four World Cup races this season, and a firm grasp on top spot in the overall rankings.

The wins, the 10th and 11th of Taylor’s career, mean she has now equalled the best season of her career which saw her take four victories across the 2017/18 season, just four races into the season.

Makayla Gerken Schofield, Maisie Hill, and Katie Ormerod make injury comebacks

Moguls skier Makayla Gerken Schofield, and Freestyle Snowboarders Maisie Hill and Katie Ormerod all made their World Cup comebacks this week after significant injury lay-offs. Hill and Ormerod were both back in action at the Laax Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup finishing in 15th and 12th spots respectively, while Gerken Schofield marked their return with a 19th place finish at the Val St. Come Moguls World Cup.

Elsewhere in Laax, Mia Brookes cruised through to Finals in the Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle competition before finishing eighth, while Matty Cox marked his first World Cup in British colours with a 36th place finish in the Men’s Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle contest. Siddhartha Ullah’s sixth World Cup appearance finished with a 38th place in the Men’s Halfpipe.

In Freeski, Ash Clayton was the pick of the bunch taking tenth place in the Women’s Freeski Slopestyle in only their second World Cup appearance.

In Moguls, Mateo Jeannesson came 33rd in Moguls and 17th in Dual Moguls in the first World Cup of 2024, with the latter marking the best Dual Moguls result of his World Cup career to date.

Davies takes 16th in Nakisaka

Ollie Davies’ World Cup season took off with an excellent 16th place finish in the Nakisaka Ski Cross World Cup. In a difficult season, Davies showed serious grit and application to make it through to the Quarter Final stage, and the best result of his season to date.

Andrew Musgrave returns from illness in Oberhot

Andrew Musgrave returned from the bout of illness that put paid to his Tour de Ski endeavours, finishing just outside the Top-20 at the Oberhof 20km C Mass Start World Cup. A 21st place finish there along with a run out in the Sprint C event marked his first appearance of the year, having had to drop out of the 2023/24 Tour de Ski after the 10km C on 31 December.

GB Snowsport’s electric start to the season continued in Edmonton, while there was frustration in Val d’Isere

Brookes excels in Edmonton

Mia Brookes bagged her second, and Britain’s third, podium of the 2023-24 season with a career-best Big Air World Cup result in Edmonton. Mia’s silver, in a field stacked with the world’s best Big Air talent, including the gold and silver medallists from the Beijing Olympic Winter Games, continued her superb form since debuting on the World Cup circuit a year ago, and leaves her in top spot in the Freestyle Snowboard Big Air standings going into the final Big Air competition of the season in Copper Mountain.

Musgrave delivers impressive showing in Ostersund

Andrew Musgrave’s impressive start to the 2023/24 season continued with a battling sixth place finish in the Ostersund 10k Free Internal Start race this weekend. Finishing with a time of 24:18.3, Musgrave was once again the best of the non-Norwegian skiers, and now stands at fourth in the overall Cross-Country Distance rankings.

James Clugnet took 33rd in the 10k F and 48th in the Sprint C, with Andrew Young 35th in the 10km F and 58th in Sprint C.

Jeannesson goes back-to-back for Finals

Following his groundbreaking sixth place in Ruka, Mateo Jeannesson made another appearance in the Single Moguls Finals in Idre Fjall, finishing in an impressive 12th position. Among seasoned Finalists, Mateo’s early season form shows he has the ability to compete with the best Moguls skiers on the World Cup circuit, and means his two best Moguls World Cup performances have now come in the opening two competitions of the season.

Davies’ Ski cross season gets underway in Val Thorens

Ollie Davies got the Ski Cross World Cup season underway with a top-30 finish in the second of back-to-back World Cup races in Val Thorens. Having finished 37th in the opening race of the season, Davies improved to take 27th in the second race, in a year where he is looking to build on last year’s excellent performances, which included a a top-10 and his first World Cup podium.

Weather hits Val d’Isere hopes

There was frustration for the Men’s Alpine team in Val d’Isere, as the Slalom race was lost to poor weather conditions on Sunday. In the GS, Charlie Raposo recorded a DNF, while at the Mayrhofen Europa Cup race, Charlie Guest finished in an excellent eighth place, with Reece Bell and Victoria Palla both also making it into the second run.

After a period of non-programme activity following the conclusion of the 2022/23 winter season, GB Snowsport squads are now back in pre-season training.

With the 2023/24 season approaching quickly and the Freestyle World Junior Championships already on the horizon, pre-season training camps have been confirmed in the following locations while the Alpine and Cross-Country Squads have both already completed a number of pre-season camps in Peer and Bo.

Freeski

Location: Perisher, Australia

Dates: 16 August – 3 September

Athletes Attending: Connie Brogden, Caoimhe Heavey, Chris McCormick, Kirsty Muir, Mia Rennie

Location: Cardona, New Zealand

Dates: 25 August – 29 September

Athletes Attending: Zoe Atkin, Connie Brogden, Tom Greenway, Caoimhe Heavey, Kirsty Muir, Mia Rennie

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Freestyle Snowboard

Location: Perisher, Australia

Dates: 2 – 23 August

Athletes Attending: Mia Brookes, Billy Cockrell, Charlie Lane

Location: Cardona, New Zealand

Dates: 20 August – 12 September

Athletes Attending: Mia Brookes, Charlie Lane, Katie Ormerod (completing return-to-snow protocols)

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Moguls

Location: Whistler, Canada – Water Ramp Camp

Dates: 8 – 30 July

Athletes Attending: Cali Carr, Will Feneley, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Mateo Jeannesson

Location: Perisher, Australia

Dates: 18 August – 5 September

Athletes Attending: Will Feneley, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Mateo Jeannesson

Location: Hintertux, Austria

Dates: 3 – 13 October

Athletes Attending: Will Feneley, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Mateo Jeannesson

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Ski Cross

Location: Corralco, Chile

Dates: 13 – 26 September

Athlete Attending: Ollie Davies

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Snowboard Cross

Location: Corralco, Chile

Dates: 9 – 29 September

Athletes Attending: Charlotte Bankes, Huw Nightingale

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Cross Country

Location: Blink Festival, Sandnes, Norway

Dates: 31 July – 6 August

Athletes Attending: James Clugnet, Joe Davies, Andrew Musgrave

Location: Hemsedal, Norway

Dates: 10 – 15 September

Athletes Attending: James Clugnet, Joe Davies, Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young

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Alpine

Location: Saas Fee, Switzerland – Men’s Slalom Camp

Dates: 13 August – 2 September

Athletes Attending: Billy Major, Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor

Location: Saas Fee, Switzerland – Van Deer Camp

Dates: 7 – 15 August

Athlete Attending: Charlie Raposo

Location: Saas Fee, Switzerland – Men’s Slalom Camp

Dates: 10 – 30 September

Athletes Attending: Billy Major, Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor

Location: Saas Fee, Switzerland – Women’s Alpine Camp

Dates: 22 August – 1 September

Athlete Attending: Charlie Guest

Location: Argentina – Van Deer Camp

Dates: 23 August – 16 September

Athlete Attending: Charlie Raposo

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Para Alpine

Location: Oslo/Fonne – Norway

Dates: 27 July – 12 August

Athletes Attending: Shona Brownlee, Menna Fitzpatrick, Katie Guest, Adam Hall, Louise Harrison, Michael Kear

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Para Snowboard

Location: Perisher, Australia

Dates: 20 July – 17 August

Athletes Attending: James Barnes-Miller, Matt Hamilton (Invitational Athlete)

GB Snowsport confirm the British Freeski, Freestyle Snowboard, Moguls, Snowboard Cross, and Ski Cross Squads for the 2023/24 season

Featuring three reigning Snowboard World Champions in Mia Brookes (Slopestyle, Bakuriani 2023), and Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale (Team Snowboard Cross, Bakuriani 2023) and nine World Cup medallists, the six World Cup and A Squads will host 26 athletes across Freeski Slopestyle and Big Air, Freeski Halfpipe, Freestyle Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air, Moguls, Ski Cross, and Snowboard Cross disciplines.

Among the athletes named in today’s selection are five who meet World Cup/A Squad criteria for the first time, and a further seven athletes selected pending coach and FIS point criteria reviews at the end of the pre-season programme.

The Freeski A squad features eight athletes, with Zoe Atkin, Connie Brogden, Tom Greenway, Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick, Kirsty Muir, James Pouch, Mia Rennie, and James Woods all returning from last season’s selections, and Caoimhe Heavey named for the first time having chosen to transfer to the British programme from the Canadian system. Sam Gaskin, meanwhile, is selected to the B Squad in Halfpipe.

The Freestyle Snowboard A Squad features Slopestyle World Champion Mia Brookes alongside Billy Cockrell, Maisie Hill (who continues her recovery from injury), Katie Ormerod and Emily Rothney. Charlie Lane and Ethan Smith are also selected on an initial pending basis. The B Squad features Lenny Fenning, Teiva Hamaini, and Euan Rogers, with Roahan Duncan, Amber Fennell, and Mia Langridge all selected on a pending basis, while Siddhartha Ullah will continue his progress in the Freestyle Halfpipe discipline having recorded top-10 positions in National Championships and Nor-Am Cup competitions last season.

In Snowboard Cross, two-time Crystal Globe holder Charlotte Bankes is joined by fellow Team World Champion Huw Nightingale, while in Ski Cross Ollie Davies is once again selected to the World Cup squad having secured his first World Cup podium earlier in the year. An eight-athlete Ski Cross Europa Cup Squad features Greg Baillie, Tommy Dade, Faith Davie, Scott Johns, Alannah Lawrie, Emma Peters, Zoe Winthrop, and Patrick Young.

The Moguls discipline sees 16-year-old Cali Carr join Will Feneley, Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield, Thomas Gerken Schofield, and Mateo Jeannesson in a World Cup squad that delivered a series of exceptional performances through the 2022/23 season.

Without a World Championships to focus on across the Freestyle programme, athletes across all disciplines will be looking to this season as an opportunity to hone and develop technical skills as the build-up to the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games draws closer, while continuing to deliver exceptional results on the World Cup circuit.

Mateo Jeannesson, Moguls World Cup Squad Member, said:

Last year I feel like I made some big strides in my development, and I’m excited about what’s coming next season. We’ve got a great team spirit and an amazing set-up, and I feel like that’s given us all the ingredients we need to show the rest of the world how much talent there is in British Moguls skiing. I’m really pleased to be a part of this team, and I’m looking forward to getting back to it.”

Pat Sharples, GB Snowsport Head Coach, said:

After a hugely successful 2023 winter season for our athletes at World Championships, X Games, and on the World Cup circuit, it’s super exciting to see new, young, talented athletes join our teams across all Freestyle disciplines. With many of them targeting events like the World Junior Championships and Youth Olympic Games, and some starting out on their journey on the World Cup circuit, this promises to be another exciting season ahead.

Selection to these squads doesn’t happen without an enormous amount of hard work and dedication, and it’s right that we acknowledge both the athletes’ own commitment and the incredible efforts of all the coaches across the British Freestyle system who play such an important role in developing such a talented pool of British snowsport athletes.”

Full Squad Selections

Freeski – A Squad

  • Zoe Atkin*
  • Connie Brogden
  • Tom Greenway
  • Tyler Harding
  • Caoimhe Heavey**
  • Chris McCormick
  • Kirsty Muir
  • James Pouch
  • Mia Rennie
  • James Woods

Freeski – B Squad

  • Sam Gaskin*

Snowboard Cross World Cup Squad

  • Charlotte Bankes
  • Huw Nightingale

Ski Cross World Cup Squad

  • Ollie Davies

Ski Cross Europa Cup Squad

  • Greg Baillie
  • Tommy Dade
  • Faith Davie
  • Scott Johns
  • Alannah Lawrie
  • Emma Peters
  • Zoe Winthrop
  • Patrick Young

Moguls World Cup Squad

  • Cali Carr***
  • Will Feneley
  • Leonie Gerken Schofield
  • Makayla Gerken Schofield
  • Thomas Gerken Schofield
  • Mateo Jeannesson

Freestyle Snowboard A Squad

  • Mia Brookes
  • Billy Cockrell
  • Maisie Hill
  • Charlie Lane
  • Katie Ormerod
  • Emily Rothney
  • Ethan Smith

Freestyle Snowboard B Squad

  • Roahan Duncan
  • Amber Fennell
  • Lenny Fenning
  • Teiva Hamaini
  • Mia Langridge
  • Euan Rogers
  • Siddhartha Ullah*

* Half Pipe Only

** Nation Transfer from Canadian system

*** Nation Transfer from American system

Selection status pending FIS points or coach review

Moguls, Alpine Snowboard, Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross WJC selections announced today

Some of Britain’s most talented young snowsport athletes have been selected to represent their country at the Moguls, Alpine Snowboard, Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross World Junior Championships later this month.

In total, eight athletes have been selected across four squads. The Moguls World Junior Championships is the first to get underway on 21 March in Valmalenco, with Mateo Jeannesson the sole British competitor. The Alpine Snowboard World Junior Championships will see Sam Carpenter compete in Bansko between 22 and 27 March, with the Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross Championships following in Passo San Pellegrino from 27 March to 31 March, with Tommy Dade, Scott Johns, Patrick Young, Emily Keen, Mackenzie Patrick, and Osian de Bagota selected.

Full Selection Details

Moguls World Junior championships – Valmalenco – 21-25 March

  • Mateo Jeannesson

Alpine Snowboard World Junior Championships – Bansko – 22-27 March

  • Sam Carpenter

Ski Cross World Junior championships – Passo San Pellegrino – 27-28 March

  • Tommy Dade (Individual and Team)
  • Scott Johns
  • Emily Keen (Individual and Team)
  • Patrick Young

Snowboard Cross World Junior Championships – Passo San Pellegrino – 30-31 March

  • Mackenzie Patrick
  • Osian de Bagota

GB Snowsport wishes all athletes selected the best of luck in their Championships.

British athletes continue to rewrite the history books in another week of storming successes

Mia Brookes made snowboarding history in Bakuriani this week, where she became not only Britain’s youngest ever Freestyle World Champion, but the youngest Snowboard World Champion in world history, and the first woman to ever land a cab 1440 in competition. In doing so, the 16-year-old delivered on the rich promise that she’s shown since childhood, and opened the book on a new chapter in Freestyle Snowboarding. Read more about Mia’s stunning World Championships gold medal winning performance here.

Medals were also in the offing for the Para Alpine squad, with Menna Fitzpatrick and Katie Guest taking a hard-fought bronze in the first of two back-to-back Kitzbuehel Slalom World Cup races. The site of so much of Britain’s recent Alpine success, Fitzpatrick and Guest and Neil Simpson and Rob Poth will be hoping for more in the week’s second set of races today.

Britain’s Team Sprint pair of James Clugnet and Andrew Young took the second best Cross-Country World Championships result in British history with a stunning sixth place in Planica. Coming into the Championships fresh off a season which had already seen a World Cup top-10 for the pairing in Livigno last month, Clugnet and Young’s final time of 18:00.66 left them more than five seconds clear of the German team in seventh, and confirmed the nation’s second best Cross-Country World Championships result, behind only Andrew Musgrave’s benchmark setting 50km fourth place in Lahti in 2017. The result also marks the first time that Britain has secured a top-10 World Championships finish in a Cross-Country Sprint discipline.

Andrew Musgrave’s World Championships got underway with 14th place in the Skiathlon 15km/15km C/F in a race which also saw Joe Davies take 40th place on his World Championships debut.

Personal records were also being set elsewhere in the Freestyle World Championships in Bakuriani, where Makayla Gerken Schofield took a brace of top-10s with ninth place in Moguls and sixth in Dual Moguls. The results were Makayla’s eight and ninth top-10 finishes of the season, with the Dual Moguls performance coming through an epic Quarter Finals battle against the imperious Perrine Laffont, a five-time World Champion and 2018 Olympic Winter Games gold medallist.

Elsewhere in Bakuriani, Mateo Jeannesson finished just outside the top-20 in both Moguls and Dual Moguls with 21st and 24th place finishes, Will Feneley came 25th and 27th, and Tom Gerken Schofield finished 33rd and 28th. In Freeski Slopestyle, Chris McCormick and Tyler Harding both finished outside of the qualification spots coming 16th and 20th in their respective heats. A weather-interrupted Ski Cross World Championships race, meanwhile, saw Ollie Davies finish in 27th place, having earlier qualified in 13th spot.

With the Alpine World Championships concluded, the World Cup circuit shifted focus to the US for the Lake Tahoe World Cup. In a dramatic Slalom race, Britain returned two top-20 finishes with Dave Ryding taking 16th and Billy Major a fantastic 18th place including the third fastest second run of the race, giving him the joint best World Cup finish of his career.

More history made as Britain’s record-breaking season continues

As another weekend of high drama on the slopes came to a close, GB Snowsport athletes could look back on another history-making achievement in a season which has seen records set across the globe. For the first time in history, every single discipline under the GB Snowsport banner has delivered a World Cup, World Championships, or X Games podium – a record which includes no fewer than nine gold medals.

Cementing the record was Ollie Davies, who produced a sensational performance in the second of two Ski Cross World Cup races in Reiteralm, Austria, to take silver and the first podium of his five-year World Cup career. Coming off the back of a promising 12th place in the week’s first World Cup, Davies was blisteringly fast across the Finals, with his final run leaving him just 0.43s behind the veteran Swiss Jonas Lenherr who took the fifth World Cup victory of his career. Davies’ performance comes just days before he sets out for the World Championships in Bakuriani, for a competition which catapulted him to the highest reaches of the sport in 2021, where he took a surprise fourth place in Idre Fjall and proved his ability to mix it with the very best in the world.

There were more podiums in the Para Snowboard set-up, where James Barnes-Miller took World Cup gold and Nina Sparks Europa Cup gold in Grasgehren. Poor weather conditions meant the loss of the weekend’s second set of races, but the results left Barnes-Miller with a scarcely believable six podiums including four victories in his last six World Cup competitions, and well out in front of the Men’s Snowboard Cross SB-UL World Cup FIS points list, with a gap of almost 2000 WC points to his nearest rival, Italy’s Jacopo Luchini, while Nina Sparks also tops the women’s SB-LL2 Europa Cup rankings with 2200 points for the season to date.

At the Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel, Charlie Raposo put a difficult season behind him to take an excellent 17th place in the Giant Slalom race, with a second run which saw him briefly take the leader’s chair. His second run time of 1:14.44 was bettered by only seven skiers in the whole race, including winner Marco Odermatt, and showed conclusively Raposo’s ability to deliver on the biggest stages.

In the Men’s Slalom, Dave Ryding had the pick of the results with a 13th place finish, with Billy Major joining him inside the top-30, finishing 28th, and Laurie Taylor just outside coming 33rd. Ed Guigonnet also qualified for the second run, before recording a DNF. Ryding’s finishing time of 1:40.32 left him 0.82 behind Henrik Kristoffersen, who topped the podium for Norway, with Ryding delivering a characteristically fast second run, the fifth quickest in the field. Away from the World Championships, Laurie Taylor also took seventh in Europa Cup in Berchtesgaden.

The Women’s Slalom saw Charlie Guest finish just outside the top-30 with a 31st place finish, having battled back from injury to take her position in the starting gate. Victoria Palla, on her World Championships debut, took an impressive 36th spot while Reece Bell and Alex Tilley, both of whom have also been on the comeback from injury this season, registered DNF in the second and first runs respectively.

Tilley qualified for the second run in the Women’s Giant Slalom before lodging a DNF, while the pick of the Championships’ other results came in the Alpine Combined, where Owen Vinter took 17th place and Ed Guigonnet 22nd. In the Downhill, Roy Steudle took 39th, while Calum Langmuir’s World Championships debut saw him take 38th in Super G.

In Telemark, Jaz Taylor added another World Cup podium to her career record with third place in the Sprint World Cup in Aal, with 19th, eighth, and sixth place finishes in two Classic and one Parallel Sprint races. Sissi Compton took four top-20 finishes with two twentieth places, a nineteenth, and an eighteenth.

All eyes now turn to the Freestyle World Championships in Bakuriani, where the first day of official competition for British athletes comes on Thursday with the Ski Cross qualifiers.

Five 2022/23 World Cup podium holders have been named in a 13 athlete British squad who will travel to Bakuriani for the 2023 Freestyle World Championships this month

Zoe Atkin (Freeski Halfpipe World Cup Gold, Mammoth Mountain; X Games Superpipe Gold), Mia Brookes (Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup Silver, Laax), Makayla Gerken-Schofield (Dual Moguls World Cup Bronze, Val St. Come), Kirsty Muir (Freeski Slopestyle World Cup Silver, Mammoth Mountain; X Games Slopestyle Bronze; X Games Big Air Bronze) and reigning World Champion Charlotte Bankes (Snowboard Cross World Cup Gold, Cervinia and Cortina, World Cup Bronze Cervinia) headline a squad that features two debutants in Brookes and Beijing 2022 Snowboard Cross Olympian Huw Nightingale.

Freeski

A four-person Freeski Slopestyle and Big Air squad brings a collective 15 World Championships under their belts with 2019 Slopestyle World Champion, James Woods, lining up alongside Tyler Harding in his fourth World Championships, Chris McCormick competing for the third time and Kirsty Muir in her second Championships. Zoe Atkin, meanwhile, will compete in her third World Championships in Freeski Halfpipe, having taken bronze in the 2021 Championships in Aspen.

Snowboard Cross and Ski Cross

Charlotte Bankes and Huw Nightingale will reprise their Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in the Snowboard Cross Team Event, while Bankes will be looking to defend the World Championships title she secured at the 2021 World Championships in Idre Fjall.

In Ski Cross, Ollie Davies will be the sole British representative on his third World Championships, having taken an exceptional fourth place at the 2021 Idre Fjall Championships.

Freestyle Snowboard

On her World Championships debut, Mia Brookes will be the sole British Freestyle Snowboard competitor, where she is set to compete in both the Slopestyle and Big Air competitions. Brookes comes into the Championships on the back of an outstanding debut World Cup season which has seen her notch three top-10 finishes, including a silver medal at her last World Cup in Laax in January.

Moguls

The Moguls competitions will Makayla Gerken-Schofield, Will Feneley, Tom Gerken-Schofield and Mateo Jeannesson representing British interests, in a season which has seen Makayla Gerken-Schofield take the first World Cup podium of her career, Jeannesson break into the World Cup top-20 for the first time, and Feneley match his best ever World Cup result with an eighth place finish in Dual Moguls at this month’s Deer Valley World Cup. The team will be looking to Tom Gerken-Schofield’s sixth place at the 2021 Almaty World Championships for inspiration with a rich combination of experience and form to draw on from the season to date. 

Freestyle Snowboarders Maisie Hill and Katie Ormerod, both of whom met selection qualification criteria, miss out on the Championships through injury.

The Bakuriani Freestyle World Championships begin on 18 February with the first British athlete due to be in action on 23 February, with the Ski Cross Qualification rounds.

Full Squad Selections

Snowboard Cross

  • Charlotte Bankes
  • Huw Nightingale

Ski Cross

  • Ollie Davies

Freeski – Slopestyle and Big Air

  • Tyler Harding
  • Chris McCormick
  • Kirsty Muir
  • James Woods

Freeski – Halfpipe

  • Zoe Atkin

Freestyle Snowboard – Slopestyle and Big Air

  • Mia Brookes

Moguls

  • Will Feneley
  • Makayla Gerken-Schofield
  • Tom Gerken-Schofield
  • Mateo Jeannesson

Header Image: Kirsty Muir competes during the Women’s Freeski Big Air Finals on day three of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Resort on December 16, 2022 in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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.

The GB Snowsport Results Round-Up is brought to you by Snow+Rock. Header Image credit Sam Mellish

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