Snowsport England along with our Home Nations partners have combined forces to help build the pathway in ski and snowboard cross and now getting involved in these exciting disciplines is easier than ever.
British Ski & Snowboard, Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport England and British Parasnowsport have announced the dates of the first ever UK based Ski and Snowboard Cross, (GBX), National Trials sponsored by car manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, as well as more details about the creation of the Home Nations, National Academy and British National Squads in the GBX program.
During the summer of 2016, there was six ‘Mitsubishi Motors Ski and Snowboard Cross GBX National Trials’ running at UK slopes and ski centres between April and October. Athletes were selected using the GBX Skills Mission* and successful athletes have been invited to join either the Home Nations squad, The National Academy squad, the British National squad or the British Parasnowsport SBX squad. During the Spring/Summer 2017, a series of trials for GBX (ski and snowboard cross) will take place throughout the UK again, dates to be confirmed.
The Home Nations GBX squad will be expected to focus on training primarily in the UK and utilizing domestic opportunities to progress in the sport, however there will be opportunities for on snow programs for those excelling into the National Academy.
The GBX National Academy and National Squads are 12 month programs, (6 months based on snow), consisting of on snow coaching, competition coaching, fitness support, nutritional support, and a full FIS / European Cup competition program. A full time ski cross program is still in development.
There are two specific ski and snowboard cross clubs in England:
http://www.cross-snowsports.com/ Covers both ski and snowboard cross and is based in Manchester.
http://www.skixperformancecentre.com/ Offers ski cross training and is based at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
Snowsport England run two ski and snowboard cross races every year:
English Indoor Ski & Snowboard Cross Championships – 4th June, 2016 (Chill Factore, Manchester)
British Indoor Ski & Snowboard Cross Championships – 27th August, 2016 (Chill Factore, Manchester)
The British Parasnowsport SBX squad is managed in full by British Parasnowsport.