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IOC confirms Ski Big Air for 2022 Olympic programme

The International Olympic Committee announced overnight that Ski Big Air will be included in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games programme, a decision welcomed by British Ski & Snowboard. With Great Britain already home to a host of world class freestyle skiers competing successfully in Big Air events at World Cups and X-Games, there is the realistic proposition of Team GB vying for more freestyle skiing medals in four years’ time.

 Photo: Tommy Pyatt

British Ski Academy GBR Series Outdoor 5 Race Report

Words by Nicole Shering

GBR 5, the last race of the series was held at Chatham slope last weekend and proved to be a very exciting race, especially the second run. It was all to play for with the overall standings being so close in the females and males. As many people are aware, Chatham Ski Slope had only recently changed the matting back to denex, allowing this race to happen, which gave everyone a fair chance.

British Ski Academy GBR Series Race 4 Race Report

Words by Charlie Tubbs, Snowsport England Dryslope Ambassador


On a hot and sunny Sunday the 1st of July saw round 4 of the GBR series in Pontypool. 

The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, something the chief of race felt was important for the competitors. 


After an exciting Race 3 on the Saturday many of the racers were hoping to improve their results and they didn't disappoint. 

The two courses were set by Alan Lyndsey and David Eaves with Izzy Evans giving feedback as the forerunner. 


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Exciting times ahead for Ski & Snowboard Cross

The emerging disciplines of ski cross and snowboard cross are gaining a stronger foothold in British snowsports which is reflected in the national squad and coaching structure announced for the 2018/19 season.

Following the recruitment of Guillaume Nantermod as the programme’s head coach in 2017, former French national coach Jerome Choupin has recently joined the squad as snowboard cross World Cup coach.

British Ski Academy GBR Series Outdoor 3 Race Report

Words by Eva Pascoe (U18 Dryslope Ambassador)

After record breaking temperatures around the Home Nations in the past week, racers from all over the UK made their way up to the Pontypool slope from 7:30am; the significantly cooler conditions were a welcome relief for all. Whilst the cool air offered a brief rest bite from the heat, there would be little let up in the GBR Series competition, as the atmosphere and buzz of excitement for the racing ahead began to make its presence felt with racers and their families setting up their shelters for the day.

British Indoor Telemark Championships Race Report

The British Indoor Telemark Championships took place at Manchester over the weekend of 30th June and 1st July, 2018.  The minus 3 of the indoor ski slope was a welcome relief from melting roads and sweltering temperatures outside.

Parasnowsports joins forces with British Ski & Snowboard

British Ski & Snowboard and Disability Snowsport UK (DSUK) have announced that their Olympic and Paralympic teams will now be merged into one world class programme.

The elite programme currently provided by British Parasnowsport – which is overseen and managed by DSUK – will be integrated into British Ski & Snowboard from the 2018/19 season onwards, while DSUK will continue working towards ensuring anyone with a disability has the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding.

Is this the most accessible form of skiing?

What is Rollerskiing? 

Rollerskiing is the non snow version of cross country skiing on wheels. Think of a much shorter version of a cross country ski with a wheel either end. There are two clear techniques used classic where you keep the skis straight and follow a clockwork opposite arm leg movement and skate (or freestyle) where the skis are kept in a v shape and the poles are planted together.

 Photo: Jack Tompkins

UK Sport increase funding for snowsports

British Ski & Snowboard has welcomed the continued UK Sport funding commitment for Winter Olympic and Paralympic snowsports following today’s World Class Programme investment announcement.

Coming off the back of Great Britain’s most successful Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics earlier this year in PyeongChang, UK Sport has confirmed around £24 million in funding for the Beijing 2022 cycle.

Investment of £6.75 million as gone towards British Ski & Snowboard, an increase of around 31% from the PyeongChang cycle, while Parasnowsports will receive up to £3.5 million, up 26%.

In the previous funding cycle, investment was made specifically to the highly regarded park and pipe programme which has generated three Olympic medals over the last two campaigns. 

However the investment in snowsports leading into Beijing will be much broader, focussing on more disciplines, more programmes and more athletes than ever before.

“This is great news for all of our sports and of course the athletes themselves,” said Vicky Gosling OBE, British Ski & Snowboard CEO. “It is not only a sign of the progression British snowsports has made in recent years, it also shows UK Sport believe we will continue to generate more Olympic medals on snow, something that hadn’t even been achieved before 2014.”

“Our aim is to be one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030, and we need to be competitive across a range of disciplines if we are going to get there. Over the course of the next four years we’re going to see more investment across more sports, while ensuring our park and pipe programme remains right up there with the best in the world.

“There’s a lot of hard work still to be done, but we’re already getting the right programmes and coaching structures in place to set ourselves up for the best chance of success.”



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