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Top freestylers have been showing what they're made of on the 50ft kicker every day at the London Show, looking to win the Big Air contests. UPDATED

GB's elite skiers and snowboarders and up-and-coming youngsters have been wowing the crowds in Battersea Park.

On Friday, a trip to the European freestyle capital, Laax in Switzerland, was up for grabs, and on Saturday it was the London Ride Freestyle competition.

First up on Friday night was The 2016 Brits Inner City Big Air which gave one snowboarder and one skier the chance to win a week's holiday in Laax.

The resort hosts the main Brits contest, which is held in April. 

PlanetSKI was there this year and will be back in 2017.

Sam Turnbull at The Brits Inner City Big Air 2016The Brits Inner City Big Air















The competition on Mount Battersea was all about style - one jump to impress the judges and get through to the final 4.

Then it was a jump-off between the top 2 skiers and top 2 snowboarders.

Madi Rowlands, GB's Youth Olympic half-pipe champion and bronze medallist in the ski slopestyle was there.

But the 16-year-old was beaten by her older brother, Mike, who's 18.

Mike RowlandsMike Rowlands















Mike Rowlands went on to win, just pipping GB Park & Pipe team member, 20-year-old Tyler Jay Harding.

Tyler Jay HardingTyler Jay Harding















In the snowboarding,  Sam Turnbull and Sparrow Knox made the final with the defending champion Knox taking the win.

Sparrow KnoxSparrow Knox















Mike Rowlands (left), Sparrow Knox (right)Winners Rowlands & Knox















On Saturday,  the skiers were the focus in the London Ride Freestyle contest.

In the past British Olympians James Woods, Murray Buchan and James Machon have taken part.

The first one was held in 2003 at  the Ski Show Olympia.

This year 17 skiers competed.

Justin Taylor Tipton at London Ride 2016Justin Taylor Tipton















Justin Taylor Tipton took the men's title, with Friday night's winner Mike Rowlands having to settle for the runner-up spot.

Tyler Jay Harding was 3rd and Monti Wright 4th.

Top 4 London Ride 2016Rowlands, Taylor Tipton, Harding, Wright















The women's contest was won by Madi Rowlands, with Sissy Herant 2nd and Thea Fenwick 3rd. 

Top 3 women London Ride 2016Fenwick, Rowlands, Herant















Crowds, Mount Battersea 2016 London Ski & Snowboard showWatching the action at Mount Battersea















A number of GB ski & snowboard athletes have also been answering questions in sessions at the Mountain Talks Theatre and meeting visitors to the show at the British Ski & Snowboard stand.

PlanetSKI has been talking to some of them.  Look out for our report later this week.

Pictures are by the photographer, James North. For more of his work see here. @jamesnorth

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