The World Cup season is approaching its climax but there are a host of British skiers and snowboarders still keen to make their mark, including Izzy Atkin who is making her first post-Olympic appearance.

Before the cross country and alpine seasons wrap up this weekend, there is ski and snowboard slopestyle in Italy and telemark returns to its birthplace in Norway.

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup – Wednesday 14 & Friday 16 March – Seiser Alm ITA
The final ski slopestyle World Cup of the season starts tomorrow in Italy with the British contingent on hand showcasing a mix of youth and experience.

The squad will be led by Olympic bronze medallist Izzy Atkin along with James Woods, who narrowly missed out on a podium finish in PyeongChang.

For Atkin, it will her first competition since creating history in Korea as the first British skier to win an Olympic medal. Woods competed at Silvaplana two weeks ago where he claimed yet another top ten finish, and he will be hoping to bookend 2017/18 with another strong result after winning the opening World Cup of the season in New Zealand back in August.

While Atkin is the only British representative in the ladies’ event, Woods will be joined by Chris McCormick, Harris Booth and Felix Klein.

McCormick, 19, earned two Europa Cup top tens last season before making his World Cup debut in August with his best result coming at Stubai in November where he was 35th overall.

Booth, 20, competed in his first two World Cups in the back end of last year after earning a career-best fourth-place at the Livigno Europa Cup almost 12 months ago.

Klein, 17, will make his World Cup debut fresh from a top five finish in the Europa Cup big air competition a little over a week ago in Germany.

FIS Snowboard World Cup – Thursday 15 & Saturday 17 March – Seiser Alm ITA
A crew of up-and-coming snowboarders will also be in Seiser Alm this week making their debuts in the final slopestyle World Cup of the season.

Fin Bremner, 18, was due to make his first World Cup appearance at Laax in January however the event was cancelled due to extreme conditions.

A little over 12 months ago Billy Cockrell, 19, was selected for the Junior World Championships and enters this event with a sole Europa Cup appearance to his credit last year.

Raymond Prentice is also expected to make his World Cup debut in Italy. Prentice celebrated his 19th birthday yesterday and enters the event on the back of a top five finish in a FIS big air event last month, ironically held on the same day Billy Morgan won his Olympic big air bronze medal.

FIS Telemark World Cup – Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 March – Rjuken NOR
Jasmin Taylor is now up to 19 World Cup podium finishes and has more chances to close in on the British record of 29 this week.

Taylor will compete in four events over the coming days – two sprint and two parallel sprint races – at Rjuken, a town in the Norwegian county of Telemark, the birthplace of telemark skiing.

Taylor has finished on the podium in 11 of 14 World Cup races this season, has finished no worse than fifth and has won three of her past seven starts.

She is joined by 25-year-old Robert Houstoun who is competing in his first World Cup in two years, his last appearance also coming at Rjuken.

Houston has competed in 20 World Cup races since January 2014 and earlier this month finished 16th in a FIS sprint race in Switzerland.


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