British snowsport athletes were competing across six different countries over the weekend in World Cup, Europa and Far East competitions.

From the World Cup Alpine races in Beaver Creek, USA to the Europa Cup snowboard cross in Pitztal we have a round up of how the Brits faired on the top snowsport stage:

Pitztal Snowboard Cross Europa Cup

Two weeks ago, GB Snowsport announced a new addition to the team with top Snowboard Cross rider Charlotte Bankes transferring from the French team.

In her debut race competing for her place of birth, Bankes took top honours in the Europa Cup race in Pitztal. An impressive performance going into the World Cup season. Fellow Brit, Maisie Potter finished 24th, her first race since a broken heel injury last year.

Bankes was pleased with her great start to the season: “It’s a good way to start the season - even though it’s just a Europa Cup, to get that result with such a great team I’m really forward to kicking off the World Cup season in the GB colours.”

The new GB team member also described the race itself: “It was a pretty tense day; I put quite a bit of pressure on myself but with all the support I had from the team I managed to pull through it," said the 23-year-old. “It was a long day, some tight racing with a lot of passing but I managed to improve on each run and it helped that Eva Samkova crashed in the final, but that’s Snowboard Cross."

Lillehammer Cross-country World Cups

A big schedule of Cross Country was staged across the weekend. Four cross-country skiers were in Lillehammer, Norway for Great Britain with Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young, James Clugnet and Annika Taylor all competing.

In the ladies, Taylor only competed in the Sprint qualifier and final. The 25-year-old finished 64th place in Norway. In the men’s competition Young was the top Brit in the Sprint finishing 32nd and he also finished 52nd in the 15 Km freestyle race. Fellow Brit, Clugnet finished 48th in the Sprint competition and then 92nd in the 15km freestyle event. All valuable experience for the young Brits.

Musgrave started off with a 41st place in the Sprint race, then backed that up with an impressive 6th place in the 15km Freestyle. The British number 1 rounded out the weekend with a 45th place in the Classic Pursuit. This meant in the overall race Musgrave finished 15th, a good start to his World Cup campaign.

In the ladies’ overall race Norwegian skier Therese Johaug won ahead of Sweden’s Ebba Andersson, with Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway in third. The male overall race had a Norwegian clean sweep with Didrik Toenseth beating Sjur Roethe and Emil Iversen. 

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Beaver Creek Alpine World Cups

There was an action-packed weekend of alpine races for the men in Beaver Creek, USA, with two speed events and a Giant Slalom. Britain’s Jack Gower competed in both the Downhill and Super G races, whilst teammate Charlie Raposo raced the Sunday Giant Slalom.

It was another good stepping stone for Gower learning the tough tracks on the World Cup in a full race environment. In the downhill, the Brit finished 62nd and +3.45 seconds behind winner Beat Feuz of Switzerland. Fuez narrowly beat his Swiss counterpart Mauro Caviezel by 0.07 seconds, with Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal only 0.08 seconds off in third.

Gower was in action again the following day but this time in the Super G discipline. An impressive run placed him 49th, 2.17 seconds off Austria’s Max Franz. Gower beat a few established speed skiers, which will surely give him confidence in future races. Franz beat Caviezel by 0.33 seconds to take the Beaver Creek Super G win. Bizarrely three racers had identical times; Svindal, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway and Italy’s Dominik Paris all shared third place.

On Sunday, it was the first men’s Giant Slalom race of the season after the cancellation of the Solden race in October. Raposo was flying the flag for Great Britain but unfortunately crashed out on the first run. The young Brit had just recovered from a back injury but luckily survived the race with no further injuries. Surprise winner Stefan Luitz of Germany beat Marcel Hirscher by 0.14 seconds, with Switzerland’s Thomas Tumler third. 

Pyha World Para Snowboard cross World Cup

It was the first set of World Para Snowboard cross World Cup races of the season with two athletes competing in Pyha, Finland.

Having already recorded a fourth and seventh place in banked slalom World Cup races in November, James Barnes-Miller (upper limb 1) finished sixth in both Friday’s and Saturday’s races after bowing out at the quarter-final stage.

On the Friday, Andy MacLeod (lower limb 2) finished his first snowboard cross race at this level in eighth.

Next World Cups

World Cup Half Pipe Copper USA – 7th December 2018

World Cup Ladies Super G, St Moritz, SUI – 8th December 2018

World Cup Male Giant Slalom, Val d’Isere,FRA – 8th December 2018

World Cup Ski Cross, Val Thorens, FRA – 8th December 2018

World Cup Cross Country Beitostolen, NOR – 8th – 9th December 2018

World Cup ladies Parallel Slalom St Moritz, SUI -9th December 2018

World Cup Male Slalom, Val d’Isere, FRA – 9th December 2018