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It began with Dave Ryding's silver at Kitzbühel and continued with 2 golds, 4 more silvers and 3 bronzes in elite competitions for GB athletes. Now Ryding is 4th in his latest World Cup race. UPDATED

The most successful week or so for GB skiing and snowboarding ever?

Well, here at PlanetSKI we can't think of a better time. 

On Tuesday night Dave Ryding achieved the second best result of his career, finishing 4th at the Stockholm city parallel slalom World Cup race.

He missed the podium by just 0.06 seconds.

It was another brilliant performance by the British skier, earning him 50 World Cup points and moving him to 5th in the standings.

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"Aaaand thats a wrap for January!! I will have a few sore body parts tomorrow but happy to take 4th tonight... just didn't quite have it at the end, fatigue and mistakes started to creep in but chapeau to Strasser, Pinturault and Hargin. I gave it what I had!" said Dave after the event on his Facebook page, with this photo from Stockholm.

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But let's look back at the roll call for that incredible 10 days for GB snowsports, from Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 31st January.

Dave Ryding - Silver in the World Cup slalom at Kitzbühel, the best result for a British alpine skier since 1981. 

It is turning him into a household name as he gets full-page articles in the national press.

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And after his success on Tuesday night in Stockholm he makes it onto the Top 10 sports stories of the night on the BBC:

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James 'Woodsy' Woods - Gold in the Ski Big Air at the X Games Aspen, in Colorado, the most prestigious freeski & snowboard event in the world. 

The ambition of every freestyler is to win at the X Games.

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Katie Ormerod - Bronze in the Snowboard Slopestyle at the X Games Aspen. 

Jamie Nicholls - Silver in the Snowboard Slopestyle World Cup at Seiser Alm, Italy.   

Jasmin Taylor - Bronze in the Telemark World Cup parallel sprint at Krvavec, Slovenia (which follows her silver in the sprint at La Thuile in Italy the week before).

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Millie Knight and her guide Brett Wild - Gold (Downhill), Silver (Super Combined), Silver (Giant Slalom) and Silver (Slalom)  in the Para Alpine World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. 

The gold is Britain's first World Para Skiing title. 

Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jennifer Kehoe - Bronze (Giant Slalom) in the Para Alpine World Championships.

Add to that lot to 13 Top 10s (though it's possible we've missed a few) and it could hardly be looking better for British snowsports with the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics just over a year away.

We reported the results in our earlier articles.

Dave Ryding

GB Park & Pipe and Telemark

GB Para skiers at the Alpine Worlds

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After his phenomenal silver medal, followed two days later by a 10th place in Schladming, Austria, Dave Ryding was hoping for another good performance in Stockholm, which is exactly what he gave.

It was his first World Cup parallel slalom event and he was one of only 16 of the best racers in the world invited to take part.

He stormed through the first two rounds but lost out to the Frenchman Alexis Pinturault in the semi-final.

In the small final - to determine 3rd and 4th places - he was just pipped by the Swede, Mattias Hargin.

Ryding was so close to getting his second World Cup podium of the season, but 4th is still a fantastic result. 

It sets him up well for his next race - at the World Championships in St Moritz, which start next week.

After the Schladming race, Ryding, who's a Liverpool FC supporter, posted this video of the bib draw - he drew number 1.

It's worth watching as it's clearly an event in itself.

In Stockholm, Ryding could have found himself up against the two outstanding slalom racers of the season, Austria's Marcel Hirscher and Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen. 

Surprisingly, both were knocked out in the first round.

Hirscher, who took Gold ahead of Ryding in Kitzbühel, has huge respect for the British slalom specialist.  

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Hirscher told the BBC's Ski Sunday, that he had realised back when Ryding was racing at Europa Cup level that he was a good clean, technical skier, but the difference now was that he had the speed too.

"If you are from England, you have to do everything yourself," he said.  "It's an awesome story."

GB Alpine skiers get no government funding from UK Sport. 

The pot of money is ringfenced for GB Park and Pipe, which is considered to offer the best chance of Olympic medal success. 

It costs around £90,000 for a skier to compete on the World Cup circuit and Ryding is able to do so thanks to the support of the sport's governing body, British Ski & Snowboard and his sponsors. 

You can read more on funding and on Ryding's rise from dry slope to World Cup in our interview with him from December.

But now he's been on a World Cup podium, will he attract more financial help to give him a better chance of competing at the next Winter Olympics?

It's not as simple as that.

British Ski & Snowboard get their UK Sport allocation on a 4-year cycle, determined after each Winter Olympics, so the next major decisions on funding will be made after PyeongChang. 

However, the two bodies also meet annually at the end of each competitive season to review investment.

A spokesman for UK Sport told PlanetSKI that he expected BSS to raise the case of Dave Ryding at that review meeting, which is likely to be held in April.

He said it was possible that more money could be made available or that some of the ringfenced money could be diverted to alpine. 

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The BSS Performance Director, Dan Hunt, is in regular contact with UK Sport and, perhaps not surprisingly, contacted the funding body the day after Ryding won his silver medal.

"Has Dave Ryding done enough to warrant support?  Absolutely," Hunt told PlanetSKI before Ryding's race in Stockholm.

"We can make a very, very good case for Dave Ryding who's currently sixth in the world.  Dave has put himself absolutely in the area of being competitive for a medal and I hope UK Sport see it that way and can release funding.

"If not, we will move heaven and earth."

But Dan Hunt is aware that the it's not the best time to be lobbying for extra money. 

Sales of lottery tickets are falling while many Olympic sports are achieving multi-medals and even they are facing funding cuts.

"The cake hasn't grown but the amount of people who can access it has," Hunt says.

There's little doubt that he'll doing his best to grab a bigger slice of the cake for GB snowsports with all the recent success, especially if Ryding keeps on delivering.

What else has been happening and is coming up in GB snowsports this week? 

Here's our rundown.

GB Park & Pipe

The team is now in Mammoth, USA, for the start of the Halfpipe and Slopestyle World Cup.

In Ski Slopestyle we have  Katie Summerhayes, Madi Rowlands and Izzy Atkin in the Ladies' competition and James 'Woodsy' Woods, Tyler Harding and Cal Sandieson for the Men's.

For the Ski Halfpipe Ladies' contest we see Molly Summerhayes and Rowan Cheshire represent, with Murray Buchan and Pete Speight up in the Men's contest.

Fresh from his podium in Seiser Alm, Jamie Nicholls will compete in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle along with Matt McCormick and George Scott.  

Aimee Fuller will challenge in the Ladies' Slopestyle.

Qualification for Ski Halfpipe starts on 1st February with finals on 3rd February and for Ski Slopestyle, qualification is on 2nd February with finals on 4th February.  

Snowboard qualifiers are 1st February for Slopestyle with finals on 3rd February. 

British Telemark

After Jasmin Taylor's second World Cup Podium, she is racing again on Monday in the Spring at the Telemark World Cup in Krvavec.

Teammate Louis Hatchwell claimed 9th in the Men's Parallel Sprint and will race again on Monday in the Sprint.

Delancey British Alpine Team

The Delancey British Alpine Ski Team racing at the World Alpine Ski Championships in St Moritz, which begins on 6th February, will be announced this week.

British Nordic

Monday is the start of the Nordic World U23 and Junior Championships in Park City, Utah, and competing for British Nordic are Fern Cates, James Clugnet and Duncan Gibb, whilst Robert and Jake Lock compete in Ski Jumping

World University Games

The Winter University Games, or Winter Universiade, kicked off on Sunday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Ten British Ski and Snowboard athletes will be competing in the Games, including Delancey British Alpine Ski Team athletes Alice MacAulay and Alex Barounos, British Moguls skiers Liam Keyes, Sam Jones and Elodie Wallace.

Elodie will also feature in the Aerials competition. Calum Paton will compete in the Snowboard Slopestyle and Laurence Willows will compete in the Ski Cross, whilst Douglas Green, Rob Wagner and Gillian Finnerty will compete in the Snowboard Cross.

 British Ski and Snowboard Cross

This week sees the start of the next Snowboard Cross World Cup in Bansko, Bulgaria, where Zoe Gillings will be looking for another strong performance in the Olympic qualification period.

Action begins on Thursday 2nd February.

Emily Sarsfield and Pam Thorburn are also in action at the end of this week in the next Ski Cross World Cup in Feldberg, Germany. Qualification starts on Friday 3rd February.

At the Snowboard Cross Europa Cup in Grasgehren, Germany, this weekend Kyle Wise finished in 25th and 28th,  and Murray Koller 71st  and 49th. 

British Moguls Team

At the Moguls Europa Cup in Albiez, France, the Gerken Schofield family took over the podium.

On Saturday in the Ladies' Moguls, Leonie Gerken Schofield finished in an impressive second place, whilst Makayla Gerken Schofield placed 8th.

Thomas Gerken Schofield took the third spot on the Men's Moguls podium and Will Feneley finished 21st.

In the Dual Moguls competition on Sunday, in the Ladies' Makayla finished 3rd, with Leonie 6th, whilst in the Men's Thomas also finished 3rd and Will placed 40th.

British Aerials Team

Lloyd Wallace is back in World Cup action at the end of this week in Deer Valley, USA.

He will be competing on Friday 3rd February.

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