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THESNOWSPORT COMPETITION DETAILS ARE OUT - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
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The calendars are out for World Cup ski and snowboard competitions for the 2019-20 season. We look at what's happening when.





Are you already pining for some serious snowsports action?

Well, it's not too long before world-class competition is back, with some events in the southern hemisphere before the European season gets under way.

As usual, we'll be keeping a particular eye on the British athletes taking part.

GB Snowsport skiers and snowboarders had a superb 2018-19 and will looking for more of the same in 2019-20.

Here we take a look at some of the action to come on the World Cup circuit.

PARK & PIPE

No Olympic Games or World Championships next season, sadly, but if you're missing your fix of park and pipe action, it's coming up soon.

The competition begins next month with the first event taking place in the southern hemisphere's winter.

It's Snowboard Big Air and it's on 24th and 25th August at Cardrona in New Zealand.

One question we hope to have an answer for soon is whether GB's Olympic bronze medallist, Billy Morgan, will return to competition this season.

Billy MorganWill Billy be back?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 30-year-old took the year out after his Pyeongchang Big Air triumph but he is still listed as a member of the main GB Park & Pipe squad.

And then there's the highly anticipated return of one of the golden girls of the GB squad, Katie Ormerod.

The 21-year-old Slopestyle and Big Air snowboarder has had a long recovery from the injury that put her out of her first Olympics.

After the snowboard season opener at Cardrona, next up is Ski Halfpipe at the same venue on 6th and 7th September.

You'll have to wait a bit if you're a fan of Slopestyle.

The first Ski Slopestyle competition is at Stubai in Austria at the end of November, while Snowboard Slopestyle doesn't get going until 15th January in Laax, Switzerland.

Izzy Atkin is currently GB's top female slopestyle and big air skier.

She won bronze in the slopestyle at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics and bronze in the big air at the World Championships in February 2019.

But could injury-hit Katie Summerhayes be back in 2019-20?

Katie Summerhayes & Izzy AtkinKatie Summerhayes with Izzy Atkin at the Pyeongchang Olympics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She badly damaged her knee in September 2018 and has been out of action since.

In the men's Ski Slopestyle and Big Air, James 'Woodsy' Woods has been GB's top performer for years.

He is the reigning World Champion.

James WoodsWoodsy wins the World Championships



















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Between the start of the park & pipe season and the end on 21st March 2020, there will be events at 37 different locations across four continents.

The biggest change this season comes in the Ski Big Air with four new venues hosting competitions.

They are Modena (Italy), Beijing - where the Snowboard City Big Air will include Ski Big Air for the first time - a yet to be confirmed location in the USA, Dusseldorf in Germany and Destne in the Czech Republic.

SKI & SNOWBOARD CROSS

As is traditional, the Ski Cross season will kick off in the first week of December with the Audi Cross Alps Tour taking in four countries.

The races will be in Val Thorens in France, Montafon in Austria, Arosa in Switzerland and Innichen in Italy.

A rising star in the GB Ski Cross team is Ollie Davies, who is the Junior World Champion.

Ski X podium at the JWCOllie Davies tops the podium at the JWC - photo Neil Kerr, Winter Games NZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's a lot of travelling for skiers who choose to compete in every event at the start of 2020 with races in Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Russia and China in January and February.

The Chinese stop at Secret Garden will give athletes the chance to test the venue that will be used for the Bejing 2022 Winter Olympics.

The Snowboard Cross World Cup kicks on 12th December on Montafon.

GB has one of the best racers in the world in Charlotte Bankes, who transferred allegiance from France ahead of last season.

Charlotte BankesCharlotte Bankes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She has since been on the World Cup and Europa Cup podium for GB and won silver at the World Championships in 2019.

The Ski and SBX season finale will be on 13th to 15th March in Veysonnaz, Switzerland.

MOGULS & AERIALS

There are 13 moguls events and 9 aerials events in the upcoming World Cup season.

The number of aerials events is nearly double that scheduled for last season.

New locations include Petersburg (RUS), Tbilisi (GEO), Idre Fjaell (SWE) as well as the host of the 2019 Winter Universiade - Krasnoyarsk (RUS).

GB Snowsport had some breakthrough results in Moguls last season, with a handful of top 20s.

ALPINE

The season opener is on the Rettenbach glacier above Soelden in Austria.

A men's and women's giant slalom will take place on 26th and 27th October.

One of the biggest questions is whether the most successful Austrian skier of all time, Marcel Hirscher, will be on the starting line.

Marcel HirscherWill Marcel Hirscher be on the starting line?


















 

 

 

 

 

 

He has been named in the Austrian alpine team for next season but has not yet announced whether he intends to continue or retire.

It's now been reported that he will announce his decision on 6th August.

The first serious British interest will come in the opening men's slalom of the season in Levi, Finland at the end of November.

Dave Ryding, who's 32, earned his second World Cup podium last winter and finished the season 9th in the slalom standings.

Dave RydingDave Ryding - photo Luciano Miglionico





















 

 

There are downhill and super G races for the men in Yanqing, China, in February.

Yanqing, which is 74 kilometres north west of Beijing, will host the alpine events at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The World Cup finals, with races in all disciplines including a team event, take place on 16th to 22nd March.

They will be held in the stylish Dolomites resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo which was recently announced as the host - with Milan - of the 2026 Winter Olympics.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Cross country tour begins on 29th November in Ruka, Finland.

It continues throughout the winter, finishing in Canmore, Canada, on 20th to 22nd March.

Andrew Musgrave continues to challenge the world's best.

The Brit, who is based in Norway, had a 7th-place finish at the Nordic World Championships in Austria in 2019.

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave - photo Andy J Ryan, Team GB














 

 

 

Andrew Young and James Clugnet are also continuing to impress for GB.

TELEMARK

The Telemark season generally starts much later than the other disciplines.

The calendar for 2020 has not yet been published by the International Ski Federation.

The GB team is led by the record-equalling Jasmin Taylor.

Jasmin TaylorJasmin Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She has 29 World Cup podiums, a record for a British snowsports athlete that she shares with freestyle skier Jilly Curry.

More details and the calendars for all the disciplines are on the FIS website.

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