FREESKI, MOGULS AND FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUADS ANNOUNCED

THE SQUADS FOR THE 2022 FREESTYLE JUNIOR WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED

GB Snowsport are pleased to announce the GB Snowsport athletes that have been selected to compete at the 2022 Freestyle Junior World Ski & Snowboard Championships.

2022 FREESTYLE JUNIOR WORLD SKI & SNOWBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS, LEYSIN, SWITZERLAND AND VALMALENCO, ITALY

The following GB Snowsport athletes have been selected to compete at the Championships (7-13 March in Leysin, Switzerland for Freeski and Freestyle Snowboard and 25-31 March in Valmalenco, Italy for Moguls):

FREESKI

FEMALE

  • Kirsty Muir

MOGULS

MALE

  • Matéo Jeannesson

FREESTYLE SNOWBOARD

FEMALE

  • Mia Brookes
  • Amber Fennell

MALE

  • Koby Cook
  • Lenny Fenning
  • Charlie Lane
  • Liam Tynan
  • Siddhartha Ullah (Halfpipe)

The appeals window for all selections is open until 13:00 on Monday 28 February 2022. Further information is available in the GB Snowsport Selection Policy.

20 STRONG SKI AND SNOWBOARD SQUAD SELECTED TO REPRESENT PARALYMPICSGB AT BEIJING GAMES

THE SQUAD WILL JOIN FIVE WHEELCHAIR CURLERS AS PART OF ONE OF THE LARGEST BRITISH WINTER PARALYMPIC GAMES TEAMS IN HISTORY

ParalympicsGB has confirmed one of the biggest ever British teams to compete at a Paralympic Winter Games with the announcement of the ski and snowboard athletes for Beijing 2022.

The 20 selected individuals are scheduled to compete in Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing (Biathlon and Cross Country), and Snowboard, as part of a wider team also comprising five Wheelchair Curlers who were announced in January 2022.

The announcement means ParalympicsGB will send its biggest team to a Paralympic Winter Games since the Lillehammer Games in 1994.

 

ALPINE

Alpine Skiing features defending Paralympic Slalom Champion and PyeongChang 2018 multiple medallist, Menna Fitzpatrick, who will be competing with new guide Katie Guest. Menna will be joined again by PyeongChang 2018 triple medallist, Millie Knight, who will be partnered again by Brett Wild. They are joined in the Visually Impaired Classification by Games debutant Neil Simpson who is guided by his brother, Andrew. All three athletes enjoyed recent medal success at the 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer. Gary Smith, guide to Kelly Gallagher in PyeongChang travels as a support guide for Beijing and completes the Visually Impaired team for the Games.

Shona Brownlee will also be making her Games debut after a rapid rise since taking up the sport just four years ago. She is joined in the Sitting Class by Alex Slegg and Dan Sheen, who both went to PyeongChang on the ParalympicsGB Paralympic Inspiration Programme designed to give aspiring athletes a taste of the Games.

In the Standing Class, James Whitley will be looking to build on the experience he gained in multiple events at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.

MENNA FITZPATRICK SAID:

It’s a huge honour to be selected to represent ParalympicsGB again, and I can’t wait to get out there and get started. The last two years have been disrupted due to injury and the pandemic and, with uncertainty about whether the Games would go ahead, let alone the qualification process, to have a seat on that plane is amazing. I’m super excited to travel to China as part of such an incredible team of athletes representing Great Britain.

NORDIC

Nordic Skiing has no fewer than five athletes selected, demonstrating the progress the sport has made since Scott Meenagh became the first British athlete to compete for 20 years at Pyeongchang in 2018.

Meenagh is joined by fellow military veteran Steve Arnold, with both set to compete in the Biathlon and Cross-Country events. They will be joined in both Biathlon and Cross-Country by debutant Callum Deboys, who was inspired to take up the sport after meeting Meenagh.

Also competing in Cross-Country will be Steve Thomas, who travels to a remarkable sixth Paralympics, having represented ParalympicsGB in sailing from 2004-2016 as well as being part of the Para Ice Hockey team at Turin 2006, and Hope Gordon who is also on the British Canoe high performance programme, and is set to become ParalympicsGB’s first ever female Nordic athlete.

SCOTT MEENAGH SAID:

“I’m extremely proud to have been selected to go to my second Paralympic Winter Games. To be here again four years later alongside four other Para Nordic skiers is just an amazing feeling, and a real confirmation of the progress we’re making as a country in the sport. It’s been a challenging couple of years for all of us, but knowing our efforts will see us ready to compete in Beijing shows the hard work has been worth it. I can’t wait to get out there and get amongst it with the team!

SNOWBOARD

Snowboard sees the return of two athletes who featured at PyeongChang 2018, James Barnes-Miller, fresh from his recent medal success at the World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, and Owen Pick who took silver at the Klovsjo 2022 World Cup. They are joined by Games debutants Ollie Hill, who won World Championships bronze in the Team event alongside James Barnes-Miller, and Andy MacLeod.

JAMES BARNES-MILLER SAID:

I’m stoked to be a part of the squad for the Paralympic Winter Games, and I’m just buzzing to get out on the snow in Beijing. I learned so much from my first experience of the Paralympics four years ago and I want to bring all of that experience to the slopes when our events get started. We’ve got an incredible squad and we showed at the World Championships that we’re ready to compete with the best in the world. Bring it on!

JAYNE KAVANAGH, GB SNOWSPORT HEAD OF PARALYMPIC PROGRAMMES, SAID:

We’re absolutely delighted for each of the 20 GB Snowsport athletes and guides selected to represent ParalympicsGB at the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games. Every athlete and guide on our programme has worked tirelessly in preparation for these Games, under some of the most difficult performance circumstances and we are so very proud of what has already been achieved by this team.

The size of squad selected is testament to the commitment shown by the entire GBS and Para Snowsport system, our athletes, guides, coaches, support staff and technicians. The international performance level in Para Snowsport is rising steeply year on year, with exceptional talent across every event; but Great Britain enter this Paralympic Games 5 weeks on from our most successful ever World Championships and will represent in Beijing with more athletes, across more classifications and more events than ever before.

PHIL SMITH, PARALYMPICSGB CHEF DE MISSION AT BEIJING 2022, ADDED:

I am absolutely delighted to be able to confirm ParalympicsGB will be taking one of our biggest Winter teams and one that promises to be our most competitive across a wider range of sports and events than ever before.

I would like to pay tribute to the determination, strength and resilience of each of these talented athletes as they have continued to train and compete during these most challenging times. I have no doubt that they will once again unite and inspire the nation with their performances at Beijing 2022.

We want to build on the success of the past two Paralympic Winter Games and further enhance our reputation as an emerging nation.

FULL SQUAD:

Alpine

  • Shona Brownlee
  • Menna Fitzpatrick (Guide: Katie Guest)
  • Millie Knight (Guide: Brett Wild)
  • Dan Sheen
  • Neil Simpson (Guide: Andrew Simpson)
  • Alex Slegg
  • James Whitley
  • Supporting Guide: Gary Smith

Nordic

  • Steve Arnold
  • Callum Deboys
  • Hope Gordon
  • Scott Meenagh
  • Steve Thomas

Snowboard

  • James Barnes-Miller
  • Ollie Hill
  • Andy MacLeod
  • Owen Pick

The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games take place from March 4 – March 13 and are expected to be the biggest ever, featuring an estimated 600 athletes from more than 50 countries.

The Mighty Coe

Programme announced for The Mighty Coe ski and snowboard festival

 

The programme of events and exhibitors for the UK’s first ever mountain-based ski and snowboard festival has been announced. Hosted on the mountain in Glencoe, it includes an impressive line-up of attending snowsport brands alongside a wide range of on-snow and social activity.

 

At the heart of the daytime snow action is a piste-side festival village half-way up the ski centre terrain, with exhibiting or equipment testing from brands such as Salomon, Nordica, Dynastar, Atomic, Dynafit, Lange, Black Crows, K2, Shred, Fauna, Jones, Line, Planks and more. UK snowsports retailer Ellis Brigham will provide some curated festival shopping opportunities. Organisers say more brands will be announced over the coming weeks.

 

For those wishing to progress their skills, a programme of courses and sessions includes guide-led ski touring – with test kit included – from Salomon, and Atomic will also be providing a taste of the backcountry experience and a chance to try their skis. Reduced price lessons are also available if getting to grips with piste technique is what’s required.

 

“Apart from just getting together to celebrate skiing and snowboarding after the last two years of misery,” says organiser Neil Dalgleish, “one of the aims of the festival is to encourage people to discover the joys of getting into the backcountry – safely. People can find out what kit they need, maybe try some of it, and join a group to learn the basics of what to do and how to stay safe out there.”

 

The festival also features The North Face and Ellis Brigham Snow Night – a film and apres night which has already toured to London and Manchester. Scottish lockdown snow film Grounded will receive a rare showing alongside Versatile with Victor De Le Rue and Sam Anthamatten, and The Approach with Leanne Pelosi, Vasu Sojitra and others. The Snow Night will be something of a baptism for Glencoe Mountain Resort’s new café building complex – newly rebuilt from the ground up after a horrific fire on Boxing Day 2019.

 

The idea for the Mighty Coe was born during Covid lockdown, and is in part a response to the renewed interest in ‘home snow’, but also the bigger climate picture. “Look at the tragedy happening to the glaciers and to the weather. It shouldn’t need saying – it’s real,” says Neil. “We have to change what we do – all of us. I hope this festival will show that you can still have an amazing time in the mountains without flying off to the Alps or wherever. Learning to make the most of our less polluting opportunities has to be a crucial part of the future for UK snowsports enthusiasts.”

 

The festival has partnered with climate action charity Protect Our Winters, whose aim is to help passionate outdoor people become effective climate advocates to achieve systemic solutions to climate change.

 

The Mighty Coe aims to be an annual celebration of skiing and snowboarding for the UK, both on-piste and in the backcountry, and takes place at Glencoe Mountain, Scotland, on 26-27 March 2022.

 

The festival is supported by The North Face, Salomon and Ellis Brigham.

 

Full programme info is available at www.themightycoe.com

 

For more information on demo, expo or any other aspect of The Mighty Coe, email office@hillsideoutside.com

Or call 01721 588050

 

The Mighty Coe is organised by Scottish outdoor event organisers Hillside Outside Ltd in partnership with Glencoe Mountain Resort.

 

Weather warning for mountaineers

 

Weather warning for mountaineers

Severe weather in the mountains to continue into next week

 

Severe weather conditions over Scotland’s mountains look set to continue through the weekend and into next week, and great care will need to be taken by anyone accessing the hills.

Mountain bikers have also been warned of potentially dangerous conditions in forests, for weeks to come.

Experts have stressed the importance of being properly equipped for full winter conditions in the mountains and of planning routes according to the weather and avalanche forecasts before any trip.

Specialist mountain weather forecasts are predicting sustained periods of gales or even hurricane-force winds on higher terrain for the next week. Snow, rain and hail will be experienced most days, often heavy and sometimes snowing to low levels and drifting significantly in the mountains.

Mountaineering Scotland’s Mountain Safety Advisor Ben Gibson said: “With such extreme weather being forecast it’s important to plan your journeys around conditions rather than just going for long-held ambitions.

“Check the specialist mountain forecasts and what the Scottish Avalanche Information Service says, and take an honest look at your fitness and skill levels – and those of the others in your party – and consider whether your planned route is really attainable or whether you should adapt it or make different plans altogether.”

Vice Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue, Kev Mitchell, said: “The weekend forecast is for very unsettled and, at times, dangerous conditions.  With the arrival of Storm Eunice on Friday, hills will see high winds and the potential for snowfall to low levels meaning the avalanche forecast will be likely to worsen.

“Good decision making is key in these situations and often the decision not to go, whilst correct, is the hardest one to make.

“We’d also signpost to the ThinkWINTER campaign which offers an excellent advice to help hill goer avoid needing help in the first place.

“Often, though, people don’t know what to do if they find themselves in difficulty. Please remember if you are lost, in need of assistance or in an emergency, dial 999 ask for Police then Mountain Rescue.”

Shaun Roberts, Principal of Glenmore Lodge said: “Be avalanche aware. Take time to read the sportscotland’s Avalanche Information Services’ avalanche hazards forecasts and blog pages. Maybe whilst sheltering from the weather at home, make a cup of tea and sign up for the free SAFOS e-learning be avalanche aware programme.”

Skiers are happy to see snow, which has been in short supply this winter, but Snowsport Scotland reminds ski tourers to pay attention to the conditions.

Euan Baxter, of Snowsport Scotland, said: “It’s always exciting to see the snow come in and get ready for seeking turns outside of resorts but, during the storm cycles which bring the snow, anyone seeking turns should slow down and give the conditions real thought. Who are you with? Where are you going? What is the weather doing? Is there an avalanche risk? Does everyone support your plan? Asking questions to yourself and your group will help inform the right decisions for a safe day in the hills.”

Storm damage to forests also brings added risk for mountain bikers.

Colena Cotter, of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, said: “Trail/Singletrack riding in many areas across Scotland continues to be exceptionally fragile following the devastation caused by Storm Arwen and the subsequent storms. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), land managers and trails associations are continuing their recovery efforts. In this exceptional set of circumstances, there continues to be a significant danger to life in some forests.

“We are working closely with FLS, land managers and trails associations to be able to share as much information as possible to ensure that riders can make the best choices and establish where they can ride safely. We have created a webpage with information riders can use when planning where to ride. We are urging riders to adhere to any trails/forests closed signage and keep checking our webpage and trail managers websites for updates.”

The DMBinS Storm webpage can be accessed at https://dmbins.com/blog/storm-trail-update/

Advice for hillwalkers and mountaineers can be accessed through Mountaineering Scotland atwww.mountaineering.scot/thinkwinter

The SAFOS e-learning programme can be accessed at https://be-avalanche-aware.teachable.com/p/be-avalanche-aware

Multi Sport Program for Para Snowboarders

On Board Programme Pilot

 

Four days over 4 weekends of activities designed to give disabled children an introduction into the board sports of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing. Board sports are a great way of enjoying the outdoors while also benefitting your mental and physical health. They help the participant to develop good balance and co-ordination whilst also promoting mental strength and perseverance. The final programme will involve 4 sessions each of snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and acrobatics/tricking over a time period to be determined. The time table for the pilot program looks as follows:

 

Snowboarding April or May TBC

Snow Factor, Glasgow with Disability Snowsport UK.

 

Surfing 1st May

Dunbar, East Lothian with The Wave Project

 

Skateboarding 8th May

Loading Bay, Glasgow with their coaches

 

Acro/Tricking 15th May

Loading Bay, Glasgow with their coaches

 

Participants must be aged between 11-18 inclusive. The price for the pilot is £260 per person. Please contact alastair@snowsportscotland.org to register your interest.