Charlie Raposo in the Dolomites preparing for this week's World Cup

It has been a stop-start beginning to the 2018/19 season however with Christmas fast-approaching, competition is stepping up a gear with British athletes competing in Alpine, Para Alpine, Cross Country, Para Nordic, Park & Pipe, Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, Para Snowboard and Moguls competitions over the coming week.

Cross Country World Cup, Dabos SUI – Saturday 15-Sunday 16 December

Andrew Young and James Clugnet rejoin Andrew Musgrave on the Cross Country World Cup circuit this week in Switzerland.

Saturday will feature sprint races before Sunday’s 15km free skate.

In the 2015 World Cup in Davos, Young achieved his second-best career individual result (9th) in the sprint before going on to earn an historic podium the following week.

Musgrave has twice finished in the top 20 on this course, last year placing 16th in the 15km race, while Clugnet is lining up for just his sixth World Cup having never before raced in Davos.

Live timing for both days will be available via the FIS website and app. Sprint finals (Saturday 12:20pm) and the 15km free (Sunday 10:20am) will be broadcast on Eurosport Player.

** Annika Taylor and Nichole Bathe will be at the Scandinavian Cup in Oestersund, Sweden over the next three days competing in sprint classic, 10km classic and 10km free skate.

Alpine World, Europa and Far East Cups – Monday 10- Saturday 22 December

GB Alpine squad members are busy traversing parts of Asia and Europe as part of a busy schedule as the year closes out.

It was a successful end to GB’s Far East Cup campaign earlier today with the best results of the eight races in Wanlong and Thaiwoo. Iain Innes (2nd) and Rob Poth (3rd) both stood on the podium while Billy Major (6th) and Nick Moynihan (11th) also scored good results.

Cara Brown is racing Europa Cup giant slalom in Andalo, Italy today and tomorrow, while Alex Tilley will be hopeful of matching her career-best 13th when the World Cup returns to Courchevel next week.

Jack Gower will be at the super G World Cup in Val Gardena, Italy tomorrow and Charlie Raposo lines up in the giant slalom World Cup in nearby Alta Badia on Sunday. That event also serves as a qualifier for the parallel giant slalom race on Monday.

Raposo will be in action again on Wednesday with another GS World Cup in Austria. Dave Ryding and Laurie Taylor will also be at Saalbach for the following day’s slalom before heading to Madonna di Campiglio, Italy for the final pre-Christmas World Cup.

You can follow live timing for all these races on the FIS app and website. Friday’s super G from Val Gardena (10:45am) and Sunday’s giant slalom in Alta Badia will be broadcast on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player (1st run 8:45am, 2nd run 11:45am).

Dew Tour, Breckenridge USA – Thursday 13-Sunday 16 December

The invitation-only Dew Tour kicks off later today in Breckenridge where a host of the world’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders will be showing their wares.

PyeongChang Paralympians Owen Pick and James Barnes-Miller have both been invited to compete in the adaptive events.

GB Park+Pipe’s James Woods is also on hand in Colorado to take on the jib and jump competitions having scored numerous medals in the past at invitation events such as X-Games.


Ski Cross World Cup, Arosa SUI – Sunday 16-Monday 17 December

The Ski Cross World Cup has been majorly affected by poor conditions with the opening two legs of the Cross Alps Tour forced into cancellation, however the season will finally get underway on Sunday in Arosa.

The Swiss venue was originally due to host the second leg of the Cross Alps Tour last weekend, however it has now been scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

Junior World Champion Ollie Davies and 2018 Olympian Emily Sarsfield will both be lining up after some promising races in Pitztal in November. They will both also move onto the following World Cup in Innichen, Italy which starts next Thursday.

The World Cup in Arosa is not scheduled to be broadcast in the UK at this time, however live timing will be available on the FIS app and website.

** Faith Davie, Mathi Avent and Richard Goldworthy will also be competing in ski cross FIS races in Kaabdalis, Sweden this weekend.

** The snowboard cross World Cup was due to start yesterday in Austria, however the cancellation of the Montafon event means Charlotte Bankes and Maisie Potter will open their campaigns next Thursday in Cervinia, Italy


Moguls World Cup, Thaiwoo CHN – Friday 7 December

GB Moguls skiers were in action last Friday in Finland before quickly jetting off to China for the second stop of the season.

Makayla Gerken Schofield claimed her first ever World Cup points last week after finishing 21st and will hope to push even higher at Thaiwoo.

None of the men’s contingent made it through the first qualifying run last week but Thomas Gerken Schofield and Max Willis should benefit from competing at the same venue last year. Max’s brother Wil is lining up for his first major competition outside of Europe.

Saturday’s competition will be single moguls, followed by dual moguls on Sunday.

Live scoring will be available via the FIS website and app. Finals for both events will be available on the Eurosport Player from 5:20am.


Para Nordic World Cup, Vuokatti FIN – Wednesday 12-Wednesday 19 December

The Para Nordic World Cup season kicked off in Finland yesterday where seven British athletes are competing in cross country and biathlon over the coming week.

Paralympian Scott Meenagh led the British charge through the opening two days of competition, finishing 12th in the 7.5km cross country yesterday then 13th in the 5km today. Steve Arnold and Terry Ahrens have also been in action along with World Cup debutants Steve Thomas, Callum Deboys and Rachel Morris.

The event in Vuokatti is one of only two World Cups to be held this season before February’s World Championships in Canada.


Para Alpine Europa Cup, St Moritz SUI – Thursday 13-Saturday 15 December

2014 Paralympic gold medallist Kelly Gallagher (and guide Gary Smith) scored a win over 2018 Paralympic gold medallist Menna Fitzpatrick (and guide Jen Kehoe) in today’s Europa Cup giant slalom in Switzerland.

The 33-year-old was fastest through the first run before extending her advantage to win by almost 2.5sec with Fitzpatrick coming in third to see two Brits on the podium.

Fifteen-year-old Neil Simpson continued his impressive start to the season by placing fourth in his giant slalom race. The visually-impaired skier (and guide Jamie Robertson) was sixth after the first run before advancing higher after the second. The result comes on the back of two Europa Cup podiums, including a victory, in the Netherlands last month.

Another giant slalom race is scheduled for tomorrow before Saturday’s slalom, with 2018 Paralympian Chris Lloyd – 15th in today’s standing race – also forming part of the British charge.

Following this Europa Cup, the first World Cup of the season will take place at Sella Nevea in Italy from Wednesday to Friday next week.


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