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The ski racing reason ends but there's one big date left for GB skiers. The British Alpine Championships get under way this week. UPDATED





The British Nationals return to the French resort Tignes for the fourth straight year.

Competition begins with the Senior and Junior Championships from Sunday 25th March to Sunday 1st April before the Children's Championships and minis races take place from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th April.

Cara Brown won the Sir John Ritblat Trophy Super G by 0.99 seconds on Sunday.

Jess Anderson (1:26.41) was second while Yasmin Cooper (1:26.58) took the final place on the podium.

Cara Brown, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photographyCara Brown, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photography




















Brown said she felt comfortable in Sunday's race and was still able to deliver the result, the first step on what she hopes will be a fifth straight overall title.

"The first race was OK, a little bit of a cruise," she said. "I felt like I skied quite well and it was really good fun.

"100 points towards the overall title today was really good, hopefully in the downhill I can take the win there as well.

In the men's national championship race, Iain Innes and Charlie Raposo shared the British Land Super G Trophy after both stopping the clock at 1:24.17.

The pair was over a second clear of 2017 runner-up Billy Major (1:25.33) who was third.

Charlie Raposo, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photographyCharlie Raposo, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photography














Iain Innes, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photography Iain Innes, photo c/o Vanessa Fry photography















"I have to share it with someone but I'm still happy," said Innes. "It's mental (dead-heating) -  that doesn't happen often!

"In speed races like this it's a combination of all the tiny things; how well you've waxed your skis the night before, what condition your race-suit is in, if your tuck is aerodynamic, there's not big differences anywhere."

A giant slalom specialist, Raposo was pleased to get a breakthrough win in a discipline he has started to focus more on recently.

"It's nice to take the Super G title, it's my first title in speed," said Raposo.

"I've finally made the commitment to start skiing in the Super G; I dabbled with is in years past but I've taken the Giant Slalom title three times so it's not unchartered territory.

"I had a good time, I had good fun so that helps, it's always good to have a smile on your face."

Monday and Tuesday will be Downhill training days before racing resumes on Wednesday.

For the third year running there will parasnowsport races on the weekend of 31st March/1st April, with a number of Pyeongchang Paralympians expected to compete.

In 2017 the visually-impaired skier Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide Jen Kehoe, who left Pyeongchang with four Paralympic medals, including a gold, took part.

Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen KehoeMenna Fitzpatrick & Jen Kehoe in Tignes in 2017 - Vanessa Fry Photography














The headline acts at the Championships will be 2018 Winter Olympians and GB World Cup squad members Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor, Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley.

Dave RydingDave Ryding in Pyeongchang













Alex TilleyAlex Tilley -  Vanessa Fry Photography














In addition to their individual performances, the quartet combined to finish equal fifth in the inaugural mixed team event in PyeongChang, the second best alpine skiing result in British Olympic history.

Ryding will be defending his British slalom title for a ninth time.

Dave RydingDave Ryding at the Brits last year - Vanessa Fry Photography













PlanetSKI was in Tignes last year as he broke Alain Baxter's record to take an eighth title.

Jane Peel and Dave RydingPlanetSKI's Jane Peel with Dave Ryding in Tignes last year
















Among the other British skiers hoping to make their mark are Europa Cup squad members Charlie Raposo, Cara Brown, Billy Major and Nick Moynihan, and the team that competed at the Junior World Ski Championships in Davos earlier this year - Iain Innes, Zak Vinter, Jess Anderson and Abi Bruce.

Innes, Major & Vinter at the Brits 2017Innes, Major & Vinter - 2017 Junior Championships overall podium
















The Championships are sponsored by Delancey, which is the principal sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard.

"Following the success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics earlier this year, the Delancey British National Alpine Championships provides an opportunity for the world to witness the best of Britain's alpine athletes as they pursue their international medal-winning ambition," said Jamie Ritblat, Founder and Chairman of Delancey.

"This annual world-class event brings together both able and disable bodied skiers alike, as well as the best young talents during the Children's Championships, in what is an exciting, adrenaline-fuelled week for our younger athletes.

"I would like to wish all athletes competing the best of luck."

The Championships will again be supported by Delancey's official charity partner, Snow-Camp, which gives on-snow experience to inner-city youngsters.

Eight apprentices from Snow-Camp will be part of the team in Tignes over the two weeks, helping the organisers.

Snow-Camp apprenticesSnow-Camp apprentices registering race times in Tignes in 2017

















Dan Charlish, founder and director of Snow-Camp, said they were pleased to be involved again.

"As a snowsports youth charity, we're passionate about using snowsports as a tool to engage inner-city young people to provide them with life-skills, qualifications and vocational opportunities.

"Eight of our young people will be volunteering at the Championships over both weeks, and it will be a life-changing experience for them.

"Going from inner-city London to the mountain environment will broaden their horizons and the event will provide them with fantastic work experience.

"We're so grateful to everyone at Delancey and British Ski and Snowboard for believing in our work and supporting us."

TignesTignes welcomes back the Brits in 2018












MAIN PHOTO:  Billy Major by Vanessa Fry Photography

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