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Winter's over and it's officially the best in terms of results for British skiers and snowboarders.

That's according to the Performance Director of the sport's governing body.

GB Snowsport's Dan Hunt says the 2018-19 season produced a collection of results that makes him confident.

He believes the team is on track to meet its target of becoming a top 5 Olympic and Paralympic snowsports nation by 2030.

This last winter was an ‘unrivalled standout' with both established athletes and rising stars making their mark on the world stage.

"We're putting in a lot of hard work behind the scenes but it's our results which are always going to speak loudest," says Hunt.

"At the end of the day the public, the British snowsport community and UK Sport are going to judge and evaluate us based on what we're achieving on the world stage.

"When we add it all up, what we've produced this season is a collection of results which is comparatively better than any which we've been able to deliver before."

We spoke to Dan Hunt last November before the season began.

His confidence then about the potential for success appears to have been justified.

Dan Hunt & Jane PeelDan Hunt talking to PlanetSKI's Jane Peel in November 2018















GB Snowsport says the 2018/19 results show that, on a comparative basis, its skiers and snowboarders produced far more world class results than in the seasons following either the Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Results at World Championships in Olympic & Paralympic disciplines in the seasons after the Vancouver, Sochi and PyeongChang Games:
  • 2011 - 7 top 10s, including 2 podiums
  • 2015 - 13 top 10s, including 5 podiums
  • 2019 - 19 top 10s, including 12 podiums and 3 world titles
Jen Keho & Menna Fitzpatrick2019 World Para downhill title for skiers Jen Kehoe & Menna Fitzpatrick






James Woods2019 Ski Slopestyle World Champion, James Woods



















Results at World Cup level:

  • 2011 - 15 top 10s, including 11 podiums and 2 victories
  • 2015 - 18 top 10s, including 10 podiums and 5 victories
  • 2019 -  79 top 10s, including 17 podiums and 6 victories

This season there have also been 5 Junior World Championship medals - 2 of which were gold - plus medals at the X-Games and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Connie Brogden2019 Junior World Champion in ski halfpipe, Connie Brogden

















Gabe Adams (right)2019 European Youth Olympics bronze medallist, snowboarder Gabe Adams (right)













"We're incredibly proud of what we've achieved this season - it's reaffirmed to us that we're on the way to where we want to be," Hunt says.

"For our world class athletes, it was a great season: you've got superstars like ‘Woodsy' (James Woods), Charlotte Bankes and Izzy Atkin on the podium at World Champs, Menna (Fitzpatrick) and Jen (Kehoe) won two crystal globes, then you have Owen Pick plus Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith winning World Champs medals too.

"We had results in ski cross and moguls which we've never had before at World Cup level to the point where we're knocking on the door of the top 10, and then athletes like Dave Ryding, Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young are proving they're still forces in their sports.

Andrew YoungAndrew Young - photo Andy J Ryan, Team GB















"Just as importantly, we are building depth within squads and across the disciplines.

"James Clugnet, Zoe Atkin, Matt McCormick, Charlie Guest, Charlie Raposo, Kirsty Muir, Connie Brogden, Neil Simpson and a host of other athletes had career-best results in world class fields.

"There are really solid signs that we can continue on is upward trajectory as we move closer to Beijing 2022, and even thinking beyond that towards 2026 and 2030."

Kirsty MuirKirsty Muir - 2 medals in ski slopestyle & big air at the 2019 World Freestyle championships













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