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GB’s Charlotte Bankes Going for Gold Again

Christmas might be coming but there’s no let up in the snowsports action with alpine, freestyle, cross country and snowboard action this week and next. GB’s latest World Cup winner is back on the slopes on Friday. Charlotte Bankes has topped the qualifying in the snowboard cross. UPDATED

UK Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

It follows the USA and others in not sending an official government delegation due to China’s alleged record on human rights. All GB athletes will be taking part.

Dave Ryding Takes 5th Place in First Race of the Season

He finished just outside a podium place in Val d’Isere with two superb runs. He takes valuable world cup points. It follows a winning performance from GB’s Charlotte Bankes in the snowboard cross World Cup at Montafon in Austria. UPDATED

US Announces Diplomatic Boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

American athletes will be competing but no official delegation will be sent to the Winter Games because of concerns about China’s human rights record. The UK is considering its position.

GB Snowsport Athletes in Action

Many of the GB big guns are competing over the next few days. Charlotte Bankes gives us an indication of her Olympic credentials. Also in action are Andrew Musgrave, Charlie Guest, plus para athletes Menna Fitzpatrick & Millie Knight who have done rather well. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Unveils New Nordic Paraski Rigs

With 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, GB Snowsport and Williams Advanced Engineering have unveiled new sit-ski technology. NEW

IOC Speaks to Peng Shuai

The International Olympic Committee has taken a ‘quiet diplomatic approach’ with increasing concerns over the safety of the tennis player. Its President has now spoken to her in a video call. The Winter Olympics are due to take place in the Chinese capital Beijing in under 3-months.UPDATED

President Biden Considers Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022

The US President has said he is weighing up the options as the Winter Olympics approaches. It follows accusations of poor records on human rights for China. NEW

Bumper Few Days of Snowsport Competition

GB athletes are in action in alpine skiing, freestyle, cross country, moguls and others. It is the biggest sports programme of the season so far. UPDATED

International Ski Federation Launches New Environmental Initiative

It aims to become the first Climate Positive International Sports Federation by 2022 through its FIS Rainforest Initiative.

IOC Commits to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2030

It comes as the UN Climate Summit, COP26, takes place in Glasgow. The International Olympic Committee claims a firm commitment to tackling climate change as snowsports is threatened.

100 Days to Beijing 2022

The final countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing has started. It will be impacted by Covid-19 & controversy over China’s Human Rights record, but interest is growing with snowsports fans.

First World Cup Skiing & Snowboarding of Season Takes Place

There’s Freestyle skiing and snowboarding in Switzerland and alpine ski racing in Soelden in Austria.  GB athletes are in action with one rather special result for GB’s Alex Tilley. UPDATED

UK Sport Invests in Seven Beijing Disciplines

It is investing £138,000 into seven sports with the Beijing Support Fund prior to the Winter Olympic Games in China. NEW

Olympic Flame Lit in Greece for Beijing 2022

It was lit on Monday in Ancient Olympia, Greece and is on its way to China where in just over 100 days the Winter Games will begin. The Games has focused attention on China’s Human Rights Record. Team GB is aiming for its highest medal tally.

New for the 2021/22 Ski Season

Do you want to find all the news for the approaching season in one place? If so then look no further than our new section on PlanetSKI. In a post-pandemic season it is perhaps even more important to keep across all the news.

Covid Rules for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The IOC has released details of likely rules for spectators, vaccination regulations & Covid-19 measures.  The only spectators will be locals & there will be strict quarantine & testing requirements for the unvaccinated.

Dates & Venues for 2022 FWT Announced

The Spanish resort of Baqueira Beret in the Pyrenees kicks off the Freeride World Tour next January. Other familiar venues are there with the winners crowned in Verbier at the end of March.

Some Optimism for Ski Racing Next Season

The International Ski Federation’s women’s Alpine race director Peter Gerdol has said he is optimistic about the upcoming World Cup season.

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge Has Died

He led the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013. He was 79. He was a keen supporter of the Winter Olympics and his first Games as President was the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. UPDATED

GB Snowsport Announces Para Snowsport Squads

It sees the largest ever squad with some familiar faces and one big surprise. The 4-time Paralympic cyclist medalist, Jon-Allan Butterworth MBE, is turning his sporting attentions to snowboarding having retired from cycling.

Winter Games NZ Cancelled as Covid-19 Spreads

The event was due to start this weekend but has been called off as New Zealand remains in lockdown with ski resorts closed. UPDATED

Covid-19 Hits Preparations for Beijing Winter Olympics

The President of the International Ski Federation says the road to Beijing ‘will not be easy’ due to Covid-19. The Beijing Co-ordination Committee is planning Covid-19 safety measures as some call for boycotts due to China’s human rights record.

Austrian Resort to Host 2022 Virtus World Skiing Championships

Seefeld in the Tirol has been named as the host resort for the event. It was to have taken place last winter but was cancelled due to Covid-19.

GB Snowsport Names Telemark Squads for Next Winter

There are fresh faces and returning veterans for the British Telemark squads for 2021/22 season.

GB Freestyle, Freeski & Snowboard Squads Unveiled

They will be competing across six disciplines in the 2021/22 season and include  69 athletes, with 6 newcomers.

Snowsport England Coaching Awards Change

Snowsport England is updating its Coaching Scheme to help more people take their first steps into instructing and coaching. NEW

Tributes Continue After Death of Former Head of International Ski Federation

Gian Franco Kasper has died at the age of 77. He was admitted to hospital early last month during a FIS Congress to elect his successor. UPDATED

Winter Olympians Swap Snow for Water

Former GB ski racer Chemmy Alcott and freestyle snowboarder Aimee Fuller have been showing their style on the water after getting hooked on the growing sport of wakesurfing.

GB Snowboarders Pass on Tips to Novice Skateboarders

Britain’s top snowboarding talent have joined with young Londoners for a special event to mark GB Snowsport’s Project Balance initiative.

Switzerland Celebrates Success at Euros

The alpine ski nation has caused one of the biggest upsets in international football after knocking France out of Euro 2020. France are the current World Champions and were many people’s tournament favourite. Switzerland did it in style and celebrations went on long into the night.

Ski Mountaineering to be Included in 2026 Winter Olympics

The gruelling sport has been accepted for the Milan Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026 as going uphill on skis grows ever more popular. UPDATED

New FIS President Claims Bright Future Ahead

In a message to the skiing family, Johan Eliasch, promised to build a “bright and growing future” as he laid out his vision for the body that runs snowsport competition.

Johan Eliasch is New President of the International Ski Federation

The Swede won with a comfortable majority in the first round.  He took 65 of the 120 votes available. His nearest rival had 26 votes.  He said he was “humbled to be chosen”.

FIS to Elect First New Leader in 23 Years

A new President will be chosen to head the International Ski Federation at the governing body’s online Congress. A British former alpine racer is hoping to be the first woman to take on the role.  UPDATED

Slopestyle Must Change To Attract More Interest

That’s the view of the Park & Pipe team at the International Ski Federation.  They say programmes are too long and there are too many breaks in the action to keep viewers engaged.

Leading US Politician Calls for Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing 2022

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is urging the US government not to attend the Winter Olympics in China next year.

GB Cross Country Ski Squad Announced

GB Snowsport have named 12 skiers in their line-up for the 2021-2022 season.  It’s headed by Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and James Clugnet, who form the men’s Elite Squad.

4 Bids to Host 2027 Alpine World Ski Championships

The International Ski Federation has confirmed it has had four applications to host the Championships in six years’ time. 

British Skiers & Snowboarders Exceed All Goals

GB Snowsport is hailing its greatest season on snow. It’s predicting that next winter’s Olympics & Paralympics could be the country’s best ever.

GB Alpine Ski Racers for Next Season Announced

49 athletes are in the squad that will represent Britain on the international alpine skiing circuit for the 2021/22 season. They will be looking to build on last season’s good results in an Olympic winter.

Andorra Bids For Alpine World Championships

With just over a year to go before the successful hosts are named, Andorra has announced that it wants to stage the World Championships in 2027.

GB’s Sarah Lewis Aims to be First Female President of International Ski Federation

The former GB ski racer who was unceremoniously sacked as secretary General of FIS now wants to be elected to the top job. She has put her name forward as a candidate in the June election.

15-year-old Beats Eleven Year Snowboard Record Set By Shaun White

Valentino Guseli from Australia has jumped 7.3 metres from the superpipe in Laax in Switzerland. He breaks the previous record of 7 metres set in 2010 by the American multiple Olympic champion and snowboarding legend, Shaun White.

Diversity and Inclusivity in Snowsports

The UK snowsports industry wants to hear from you. The national governing bodies are gathering information to try to improve diversity and inclusivity.

FIS President Reflects on a Ski & Snowboard Season Like No Other

The head of the International Ski Federation has given his thanks for a competitive season which saw 300 World Cup events take place, despite the problems posed by Covid-19.  He has praised the ‘entire ski family’ for its efforts.

What A Year For GB Skiing & Snowboarding: Season Review

Most of us may not have set foot on the slopes this winter but skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain have been doing their country proud. PlanetSKI reviews the season.

French Snowboard Champion Dies in Avalanche

40-year old Julie Pomagalski has died in an avalanche in Switzerland. She was a two time Olympian and granddaughter of Jean Pomagalski, who invented the first ski lift in 1934.

Another Swede Aims to Be Next President of FIS

The Swedish Olympic Committee President, Mats Årjes, has put his hat in the ring for the top job. His fellow Swede, the billionaire Johan Eliasch, was nominated by GB Snowsport last year. The Swiss Ski President, Urs Lehmann, is also in the contest.

Kirsty Muir Wins World Cup Silver for GB

The 16-year-old is the new star of GB Park & Pipe. She’s picked up her first World Cup medal, coming second in the ski slopestyle at Aspen in Colorado. It’s only her fourth World Cup competition.

Public Vote for 2026 Winter Olympics Emblem

Today is the last day to cast your choice between two potential emblems for the Olympic Winter Games Milano Cortina 2026. Which do you prefer?

Freeride World Tour: The Grand Final

The World Titles are up for grabs and there’s fresh powder snow for the final of the FWT 2021 this week. There’s a Brit in the final and Cody Bramwell has already stood on top of the podium this season. The event is now set for Tuesday 23rd.

GB Snowsport Racks Up Strong Results

There have been some stellar performances from Great Britain’s top skiers and snowboarders, with a host of personal bests and a World Championships medal.

GB Snowsport Stars Compete at World Championships

There is a host of world class freestyle action this week with a World Champion and two Olympic medallists representing Britain.  You can follow it all live on the BBC if you are in the UK. UPDATED

Mikaela Shiffrin Urges IOC to Take ‘More Consideration’ When Selecting Olympic Host Cities

The 25-year old US skier was speaking to CNN Sport ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. China has been heavily criticised for its record on human rights.

GB’s Charlotte Bankes Wins Gold in Snowboard Cross

Her win in the World Cup event in Bakuriani in Georgia comes after she was crowned World Champion last month. Bankes remains a strong contender for an Olympic medal next year. Check out the video of her thrilling run as she comes from behind to win on the line. UPDATED

Chemmy Alcott Suffers Online Abuse

The Ski Sunday presenter and GB former alpine racer has been subjected to personal abuse on social media. Her co-presenter Ed Leigh described the comments as ‘vile’.

Ed Leigh Keeps Working On BBC’s Ski Sunday Despite Major Injury

The BBC presenter has revealed he had surgery three weeks ago after badly smashing his knee in a snowboarding accident in Switzerland.  He carried on with the job and kept the injury from viewers.

Freeride World Tour #2 On Wednesday

Ordino-Arcalis in Andorra s hosting back to back FWT contests with the second stop taking place just five days after the opener.  Can British snowboarder Cody Bramwell take another win? NEW

GB Snowboarder Wins Freeride World Tour

Cody Bramwell took top spot in the first edition of this season’s Freeride World Tour in Arcalis in Andorra. Check out the video of his winning run.

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