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BILLY MORGAN BACK IN BUSINESS - Jane Peel, Laax, Switzerland
Friday March 22, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Winter Olympics hero Billy Morgan celebrates his 30th birthday on top of the podium after more than a year's break from competition since his Big Air bronze in Pyeongchang





The victory came at The BRITS - The British Snowboard and Freeski Championships in Laax - and PlanetSKI is slopeside.

It was not in one of his usual Snowboard Big Air or Slopestyle events but in the Snowboard Cross race.

See below for more information about The BRITS as we arrived in Laax at the weekend.


Billy Morgan has competed in the SBX race at The BRITS twice in three years and has won both times.

"It was pretty good fun - I had a great time," said Morgan, who turned 30 on Tuesday.

"I was really disappointed I didn't make it last year but I genuinely didn't think I'd have what it takes to cut it this year.

"The final was pretty intense - I didn't want to look back! I knew if I looked back I'd scrub a bit of speed of and be taken over so I had to stay 100% concentrated to the end.

"I could hear them coming up behind me and I got a little bit rumbled in the last corner, took a board to the shin but somehow managed to make it out alive and across the finish line."

Billy Morgan winning SBX at The Brits 2019Billy Morgan on his way to victory - photo Motionstoppers

















Liam Dobson was 2nd and Rory Ewart 3rd.

In the ladies' final, Maisie Hill successfully defended her snowboard cross crown, winning easily ahead of Cerys Allen and Natalie Good.

Maisie Hill wins SBX at The Brits 2019Maisie Hill wins the SBX - photo Motionstoppers















Mia Brookes won the female under-12s, GB Park & Pipe programme manager Lesley McKenna won the ladies masters, while snowboarding legend Ed Leigh ended up on the men's masters podium alongside GB Park & Pipe snowboard coach Jack Shackleton.

Tuesday also saw the Ski Big Air competition.

Men's podium

1 - Tom Greenway

2 - Jasper Klein

3 - Harris Booth

Women's podium

1 - Amy Clayton

2 - Kirsty Muir

3 - Lara Shaw.

See our separate article and video interview with 14-year-old Kirsty Muir.

She's had an amazing 12 months and is on her way to the World Junior Championships in Sweden.


It's the European capital of freestyle and the Swiss resort is once again hosting the event that sees the elite of British talent mix with rising stars of the sport and novices.

This year's fun takes place from 31st March - 7th April 2019 with the competition due to get under way on Tuesday 2nd.

PlanetSKI arrived in Laax on Sunday for a fourth consecutive year at The BRITS.

Anyone with a British passport can take part.

The youngest competitors are usually aged just 8 or 9; the oldest in their 60s.

















The BRITS attracts Britain's top snowsport athletes, including the reigning World Champion in ski slopestyle, James ‘Woodsy' Woods, Katie Summerhayes, Katie Ormerod and Jamie Nicholls.

James Woods & Jane PeelWoodsy with PlanetSKI's Jane Peel at The BRITS 2018

















Some of them compete but most attend to enjoy the end-of-season atmosphere and inspire those who would like to follow in their footsteps.

It's a unique event at which the new kids on the block can rub shoulders with world-class athletes.
















In 2018 GB's two Winter Olympic snowboard medallists were there.

Billy Morgan, fresh from his bronze in the Big Air in Pyeongchang, and Jenny Jones, the slopestyle bronze medallist at Sochi 2014.

Jenny Jones & Billy MorganJenny Jones & Billy Morgan

















Jenny Jones will be there again this year to present the medals in the Big Air competition, which is sponsored by Picture Organic Clothing.

PlanetSKI has been a regular at this unique event in recent years.

Last year, we spoke to Billy Morgan:

We even competed, picking up a silver medal:

We featured two of the brightest young freestylers who have continued to shine since:

Here's our report from the end of The BRITS 2018:

Competition takes place in all four Olympic freestyle disciplines of halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and ski & snowboard cross.
















During the week Picture will host a movie night and a treasure hunt around Laax.

For the first time the climate change campaigning organisation Protect Our Winters will be present.

The après ski is almost as big a draw as the competition at The BRITS.

There'll be a pirate-themed fancy dress night ‘Who ARGGHHH Ya!'

And the BBC Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh will become his Swiss alter-ego Monsieur Poudreuse to host a quiz with a difference.

Ed LeighEd Leigh as Monsieur Poudreuse

















Head over to for more information.

The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive Partners: LAAX, Picture Organic Clothing, Swiss International Airlines, Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism and GB Snowsport.

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