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.”


Free the the mind!

The Telemark turn is the original and oldest way to turn skis.

Up to about 1850, skiing was a means of transport.  A way of getting from A to B both uphill and downhill in winter. The skis were made of wood and the leather boots bound to the skis with birch roots.

Watch the 3rd Outdoor Race of the British Ski Academy GBR Series 2018 LIVE!

We've been attending a lot of races this season, and live-streaming them worldwide though our Facebook page to thousands of viewers. This weekend we're at Pontypool for the 3rd installment of the British Ski Academy GBR Series - and you can tune in to watch the race live at 10.30 am on Saturday 30th June.

English Ski & Snowboard Championships 2018

The English Ski and Snowboard Cross Championships celebrated it’s 6th anniversary in style on Saturday at Snozone, Castleford. With one of the largest fields in the history of the event, athletes took to the snow to tackle to expertly built course and battle for the medals.

Ski Race MK Club National Race Report

Words by Joseph Thompson, U16 Dryslope Ambassador


The SMK Club National took place at Snozone, Milton Keynes, on Sunday 10 June 2018.  It was an early start for more than 130 racers from across the country who came to race for some rather magnificent trophies.  The U10/12s race consisted of two runs down the same slalom course, while the U14s and above skied two runs on two different slalom courses.

Gloucester Club National Race Report

Written by Craig Speed, U21 Dry slope Ambassador


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