Once again Battersea Evolution saw thousands of snowsports fans descend upon it for a fun-filled weekend of eye-popping snowsports performances, inspirational talks and more cheese than you can shake a stick at... 

It was great to see so many people visit our stand during the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show 2019! Our Snowconut Shy went down a storm and hundreds of people went home with a jazzy new Ski Club buff to keep cosy this winter.

If you stopped by for information, we hope that you found out everything you needed about Ski Club membership and our Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks holidays but if you need more information, feel free to get in touch. Likewise, if you would like to know more about our new Mountain Safety Programme or Rep service, we are here to help. Loads of members got involved with the Ski Club treasure hunt and found all of our Ski Club member characters throughout the show! Everyone will be entered into a draw to win a prize bundle.

The Ski Club’s Mountain Safety Team offered transceiver training again this year at the foot of mount Battersea, led by our in-house IFMGA-accredited guide Bruce Goodlad, and Head of On-snow Services, Owen Chapman. Participants learned how to search for buried transceivers in the snow, putting into practice the skills needed to utilise this essential piece of backcountry kit.

Indoors, Chemmy Alcott drew a huge crown at her pre-season fitness session which was an interactive and engaging talk held at The Lodge alongside her coach and nutritionist Stephanie Blaise. Her fitness journey in preparation for the inferno race in Murren has inspired lots of skiers to get ski-fit ahead of the season. During her session, she explained how she got back into shape after the birth of her son, and several participants joined her on stage to demonstrate. 

The show saw the return of old favourites such as the ice rink, Famous First Words and the big wheel but there were a few new additions including roller skiing, axe throwing, and a Graystone Action sports demonstration ramp. Graystone Action Sports centre is the UK's first action sports academy for active people of all and abilities and they created a mini action sports paradise with skate demos to showcase what is possible at the Manchester facility.

From ramps to kickers, the GB park and pipe team gave an inspiring panel discussion about their remarkable rise in freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Great Britain’s teams achieved so much success in Pyeongchang, with Billy Morgan claiming bronze in snowboard big air and Izzy Atkin taking home a bronze medal in ski slopestyle. James Woods also came fourth in ski slopestyle, only narrowly missing out on a podium spot. Over at the Ingham's Lodge, visitors were treated to a talk on snowboarding and fear by Jenny Jones, who won slopestyle bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

And although Mount Battersea was quite literally battered by the weather during the weekend, the slope hosted the SnowCamp jam, skiers vs snowboarders, BRITS style sessions and of course the Planks Grassroots finals. The competition was the culmination of a nationwide contest where amateur and seasoned riders are encouraged to bring their best tricks to the table and submit edits for a video competition. The overall winners this year were Chris McCormick in first place, Justin Taylor-Tipton in second and Tom Greenway in third. The award for best female edit went to Kirsty Muir, followed by Maya Gordon second and Olivia Burke third. 

After a whirlwind weekend of snowsports, cheese and après, it’s safe to say the season has kicked off with a bang!

Planks Grassroots Finals