The World Cup tour is in full flow now across many disciplines and GB Snowsport athletes have been competing all over the world this weekend.

From Mogul action in Ruka, Finland, to spectacular Halfpipe in Copper Mountain, USA, here is a round up of what happened this weekend:

World Cup Cross Country, Beitostolen, Norway

Andrew Musgrave was the only competitor flying the flag for Great Britain. Off the back of an encouraging performance in his last week’s World Cup, Musgrave continued his solid form with a 15th place in the men’s 30km freestyle, he was 1 minute 59 seconds off the winner Sjur Roethe of Norway. Rothe beat teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby, with Russia’s Andrey Melnichenko third.

World Cup Moguls, Ruka, Finland

Four athletes were competing in the first Mogul World Cup of the season in Ruka. Makayla Gerken Schofield was competing in the ladies’ event, whilst Makayla’s brother Thomas and the Willis brothers, Wil and Max, competed in the men’s competition.

Gerken Schofield was keen to build on last season’s great results of a Europa Cup podium and finishing 5th in the World Junior Championships. She went through the first round of qualifying and grabbed a solid result of 13th place, which wasn’t quite enough to head into the final but a good benchmark for the season. French skier Perrine Laffont won the final ahead of Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva, with Tess Jonson third.

In the men’s competition,Thomas Gerken Schofield and the Wilis brothers were both in action in the first qualifying phase. Thomas was the best placed Brit in 38th position, Wil Willis was 44th place, while Max placed 55th for Great Britain. All valuable experiences for the youngsters. In the final, Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury took top honours ahead of Benjamin Cavet of France, with Sweden’s Walter Wallberg third. 

     

World Cup Half Pipe, Copper Mountain, USA

Zoe Atkin and Sam Ward were in action over in America for the first Half Pipe World Cup of the season. Atkin, aged 15, finished an impressive 15th place in her World Cup debut. This was a big sign for things to come from Atkin, so watch out for her this season. The ladies’ final was won by Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru ahead of Cassie Sharpe of Canada, with Brita Sigourney of the USA third.

Ward also had an encouraging performance in the US, he finished 14th in his qualifying heat, and ended up 27th overall.  The male final was won by USA’s Aaron Blunck ahead of Miguel Porteous of New Zealand, with USA’s David Wise third. 

    

World Cup Alpine Val d’Isere and St Moritz

There were four competitors ready to compete for Great Britain in both Val d’Isere and St Moritz. Charlie Raposo battled brutal conditions during the first run of the men’s Giant slalom in Val d’Isere and finished 58th. It was the first time Raposo had competed on the relentless Face de Bellevarde. The race was won by Austria’s Marcel Hirscher ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway, with Sweden’s Matt Olsson third. 

A snowstorm hit most the ski resorts in Europe on Sunday, which was great news for holiday skiers this season, but wasn’t suitable conditions for racing. The Val d’Isere slalom was cancelled after course inspection which meant Britain’s Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor couldn’t compete on Sunday.

Over in St Moritz, Alex Tilley was racing in the parallel slalom competition. Unfortunately for Tilley, she didn’t make the top 32 in the qualifying round. Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA won the event against Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova in the final, with Swiss favourite Wendy Holdener third. 

Great snowfall in Val d'Isere, why not head on one of our Freshtracks holidays or book an Instructor Led Guiding session!


next World Cups and Major events

Winter Dew Tour – 13th-16th December

World Cup Ladies Alpine Combined, Val Gardena – 14th December

World Cup Men’s Super G, Val Gardena – 14th December

World Cup Men’s Downhill, Val Gardena – 15th December

World Cup Cross Country, Davos – 15th-16th December

World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, Alta Badia – 16th December

World Cup Men’s Parallel Slalom, Alta Badia – 17th December

World Cup Ski Cross, Arosa -17th December 2018

World Cup ladies Downhill, Val Gardena – 18th December

World Cup ladies Super G, Val Gardena – 19th December