Find out how you can support Alpine and Freestyle Skiers and Snowboarders at this year’s National Championships.

In just a few days the very best British skiers and snowboarder will battle it out for their respective Alpine and Freestyle crowns. Discover who is competing, what is up for grabs, where the action is happening, when the competitions take place, and most importantly, how you can get involved!

The Ski Club of Great Britain is proud to support both the Delancey National Alpine Championships and the BRITS national freestyle championships. The Club has a long history with its routes in competitive skiing, having organised the first British National Ski Championships in Murren, back in 1922- find out more here.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the world of competitive skiing and snowboarding with our ‘Racing and Riding’ news pages.

Who is competing?

Dave Ryding Interview

 

Returning from international duties, the country’s elite level athletes will test their mettle against some of the best up and coming youngsters eager to reach the top. 

After another successful season on the world stage, our best Alpine athletes will go head to head in their respective speed and technical disciplines to grasp the national title. Dave Ryding will be eager to hold on to his familiar slalom title, but the likes of Lory Taylor and Zac Vinther will be nipping at his heels, while fellow World Cup athletes Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley will be the ones to beat on the women’s courses, the former fresh from an inaugural Europa Cup win.

Attending the BRITS this year will be Olympic Medallist Billy Morgan, James ‘Woodsy’ Woods, Katie Summerhayes, Katie Ormerod, Jamie Nicholls to name a few.

Read about last years ski action at The BRITS here.

In both Alpine and Freestyle disciplines, the best para-athletes will be competing simultaneously with national titles in the balance. Para-Alpine pairs like Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe, and newcomer Neil Simpson and guide Andrew Simpson will be setting the pace on course with a stacked field of talent. At the BRITS, James Barnes-Miller will hope to retain his Para Snowboard Cross title.

As well as top-flight athletes, novice competitors are welcome, as well as more mature entrants. At the BRITS, the master's categories are some of the most hotly contested and often the most entertaining!

What is being competed for?

Up for grabs are the national titles for each discipline as well as bragging rights for the year. Riders will compete in Olympic disciplines split up into age groups.

Delancey National Alpine Championship Disciplines: 

  • Slalom
  • Giant Slalom
  • Downhill

The BRITS Freestyle Disciplines: 

  • Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle
  • Picture Ski and Snowboard Big Air
  • Ski and Snowboard Halfpipe
  • Ski and Snowboard Cross

To find out more about the respective championships and the prizes up for grabs, head to the GB Snowsport website for information about the Alpine competition, and The BRITS website to learn about freestyle.

Where do the competitions take place?

Each year the UK racing and freestyle communities make their annual pilgrimages to the mountains. Those that have previously followed the Championships will be pleased to find out that both Freestyle and Alpine disciplines will be fought over in familiar battlegrounds.

The cat-suited and booted alpine skiers will carve over to Tignes in France, while freestyle skiers and snowboarders will throw down in their home from home of Laax in Switzerland. Both resorts are ideal competition venues, the first with a fantastic Stade for watching the racing while the second is renowned for having one of the best freestyle parks in the world.

If you want to explore more of Tignes, why not try one of our signature Instructor-led Guiding sessions?

Find out more about Laax and its eco-credentials with our article from earlier this season.

When are the athletes going head-to-head?

Both Championships take place next week, commencing 1st April. 

The BRITS pack junior, elite and masters’ competition into one action-packed week, with as much going on off the slopes as there is on! Family events and themed parties punctuate the week where the agenda encourages bonding between the different competitors and the families, whatever their level!

The Alpine Championships like to spread the competition over two weeks, with the elite athletes taking to the pistes in the first week while the Juniors follow suit the next week once the school holidays have started.

How can I get involved?

From home, you can follow all of the action on social media, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for all of the latest action as well as daily updates on the BRITS on our website with all of the latest results and a write up detailing all of the action after the Alpine Competitions have finished.

If you are in Laax or Tignes, you can come and watch the events for free, and if you are interested in competing, then find out more on the competition websites below. 

Find out more about the Delancey National Alpine Championships and The BRITS on their respective websites as well as on the GB Snowsport website.