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It is early days but a look at the results being clocked up by British skiers and snowboarders show the dream is still on.

It is the goal of the governing body.

GB Snowsport to break into the top 5 nations in the world across all ski and snowboard disciplines by 2030.

We've reported on it and the measures put in place to achieve it:

The Chief Executive at GB Snowsport, Vicky Gosling, has told PlanetSKI that the target is "massively realistic".

She must be delighted with the way things are going.

Vicky GoslingVicky Gosling















There are now 11 years to go and a lot of work to be done.

But here at PlanetSKI we have been monitoring recent progress and find reasons for optimism.

GB team members are now achieving impressive results across the disciplines and the age groups.

The most experienced elite athletes in the squads - those that are not currently out of action through injury - are continuing to stack up podiums and/or top 10 results.

James Woods at the X Games ApsenWinning medals - GB freeskier James Woods - photo GB Park & Pipe



















But it's the younger athletes who will succeed them in years to come who will help GB fulfil the 2030 ambition.

Some of those youngsters are probably not even on our radar yet, but those that are have begun to show real potential.

If GB Snowsport can continue to develop that potential, who knows what the future will hold.

And what that could mean for encouraging more people to take up skiing or snowboarding.

"It is a very exciting time for our snowsport athletes, and I can't think of a time when we were genuine contenders across so many disciplines, " said the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.

"Most importantly, we have strength in depth and youngsters are coming through."

"If, and it is a big if, we succeed at elite level it could have a huge impact on UK recreational skiing with more and more people taking up snowsports.

"Just think what the success cycling at the Tour de France and the Olympics did to the recreational side of cycling."

Mia Brookes at the BRITS 201811-year-old Mia Brookes at the British Freestyle Championships 2018 - photo

















One indication of where GB currently stands will come at the many World Championships that are taking place in the coming weeks as well as the European Youth Winter Games.

We will be watching with interest to see how GB fares in 2019 against the top snowsports nations.

  • World Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Championships (31st January to 10th February)*
  • World Alpine Championships (4th to 17th February)
  • European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (9th to 16th February)
  • World & Junior World Telemark Championships (14th to 18th February)
  • Junior World Alpine Championships (18th to 27th February)
  • World Cross Country Championships (21st February to 3rd March)
* Update, Sunday 3rd February - GB has two medals at the Freestyle Worlds:
* Update, Thursday 7th February - GB has a World Champion in James Woods:

GB has selected big squads for many of these championships.

For some competitors it will their first experience of a world-class event and will be a valuable learning experience.


So what's given us at PlanetSKI cause for optimism about the 2030 target?

First, there are the big results that have come in January alone from some of the obvious candidates:

Para alpine skiers collecting 8 World Championships medals, 2 of them gold.

Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor on the World Cup podium 4 times in 7 races, including 1 win.

James Woods on the podium in the X Games Ski Big Air.

Dave Ryding getting the second World Cup silver of his career in the Oslo parallel slalom.

But that's not all.

Ollie Davies (21) became Junior World Ski X Champion in 2018 and has just achieved GB's best ever World Cup result in the men's event, finishing 16th at Blue Mountain, Canada.

Junior World Champs Ski X podium 2018Ollie Davies, Junior World Ski Cross champion - photo Neil Kerr, Winter Games NZ














Connie Brogden (17) became the Junior World Ski Halfpipe Champion in January.

Kirsty Muir (14) who was 4th in the Ski Big Air at the Junior Worlds is beating competitors much older than her and is now a member of the elite GB Park & Pipe squad.

Zoe Atkin (16), younger sister of Olympic bronze medallist Izzy, is scoring some strong results in ski halfpipe and was 15th in her first World Cup in December.

Zoe Atkin, Connie Brogden & Kirsty Muir Zoe Atkin, Connie Brogden & Kirsty Muir - photo GB Park & Pipe
















Katie Ormerod (21), World Cup winning freestyle snowboarder, is back in training on snow after a year out with injury.

Luca Carrick-Smith (13) has just won his first international alpine race, representing GB in the under-14s in Andorra.

And he has two younger brothers who are pretty good as we found when we went to watch them train:

Luca Carrick-SmithLuca Carrick-Smith wins his first international race

So, keep watching this space over the next 11 years!


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