Watch our Olympians compete in their domestic championships this Easter

Every year the UK snowsports community makes a pilgrimage to the Alps. Our closest major mountain range plays host to our national championships in both Alpine and Freestyle disciplines.

Aspiring young athletes, eager to try their luck against more experienced hands have the opportunity at the end of each season to compete in the same field as athletes at the very pinnacle of the sport. 

British Alpine Championships 2018, Tignes, France

25 March - 1 April

Vanessa Fry Photography

For the fourth consecutive year, the British Alpine Championships is heading to Tignes, France. The Tarentaise resort is a favourite amongst Ski Club members and the wider British ski community for many of the same reasons that British Ski and Snowboard choose it as a venue Paul Trainer, Chief of Champions saying:

“Tignes has proved to offer fantastic facilities for our championships and its altitude gives us the best possible chance for excellent Easter racing conditions as we have found out in the last 3 years.”

After such a monumental year for British Ski and Snowboard, the Championships serve as a homecoming for returning athletes as the whole racing community comes together not only to compete but also to celebrate the sport. The Championships provide up and coming athletes the chance to rub catsuits with some of the worlds best racers in for many what will be one of the few professionally run races.

Dave Ryding Interview, British Alpine Championships 2017

 

Last year Dave Ryding defended his National Slalom title and will undoubtedly be looking to do the same this year. Fellow Olympian Laurie Taylor will be nipping at the British number 1’s heels, along with a host of other racers competing in the Europa Cup. Our top female athletes also performed well in 2017, with the likes of Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley finishing the season off strongly, will they do the same this year after returning from the Olympics?

As well as the seniors, junior riders get a chance to compete in a professional race at the Championships, with the Junior Championships taking place the following week in the same resort, the perfect opportunity for young athletes the chance to watch their

The Ski Club has long supported the British Alpine Championships having organised the first ever National championships to include Alpine events in Wengen in 1921. The support continues today with the Ski Club of Great Britain Challenge Cup, which is awarded to the winners of the Male and Female winners of the Giant Slalom event at the Championships.

After such a monumental year for British Ski and Snowboard, the Championships serve as a homecoming for returning athletes as the whole racing community comes together not only to compete but also to celebrate the sport.

If you’re in the Espace Killy at the end of March, head over to Val Claret to watch the racing!

More information can be found on the British Ski and Snowboard website.

The BRITS 2018, Laax, Switzerland

1 - 8 April 2018
The Brits

Now in its 29th year, the BRITS sees the British freestyle scene migrate from the dry slopes and fridges of the UK to the freestyle Mecca that is Laax.

By all accounts GB Park and Pipe has had an incredible season. 2 Olympic medals were accompanied by a bag full of World Cup silverware and the UK seen has continued to grow. The UK freestyle community has never been stronger something that is especially apparent at this end of season extravaganza.

The week is a social affair as it is one of the rare times the community is all in one place, with huge apres parties, evening events and charity fundraisers, but it’s not all fun and games. The level of competition is high and each year the bar is raised. The GB Park and Pipe coaches are also on the lookout for emerging talent at the BRITS, where 17 freestyle athletes were identified for Team GB selection.

For more than 25 years, The BRITS has been nurturing freestyle talent, providing a professional National Championships circuit that prepares athletes for the world stage. Former British Champions turned world-beaters and ‘ones to watch’ include James Woods, Katie Ormerod, Jamie Nicholls, Katie Summerhayes and Billy Morgan, to name a few.

The BRITS 2018 will feature Slopestyle, Cross, Halfpipe and the new Olympic discipline of Big Air, which is once more presented by Picture Organic Clothing. 

It’s difficult to imagine a better setting for the competitions. Laax is without a doubt one of the best freestyle resorts in the world so if you are thinking of giving the sport a go, or taking your freestyle to the next level it’s definitely one to consider for your next trip.

Head over to www.the-brits.com for information about the events and accommodation and lift pass packages, flights and transfer information.

Members get a £5 discount on entrance fees to all competitions at the BRITS.