Innsbruck, Austria Ski Sunday

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Ski Sunday comes from Innsbruck for the Air and Style big air competition. There are also highlights from Stockholm of the city slalom World Cup races.

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There is a contradiction in snowboard, up close and personal the


riders look normal. They're not physical giants stacked with muscle,


they're is not intensely focused, blocking their next move at the


expense of their rivals. Snowboarding is fun and it would be


ashamed to take it too seriously. Right?


Wrong. For all the banter and camaraderie, everything changes when


you're stood up here, just a massive kicker and the heavens in which to


apply your trade. This is where the snowboarder gets down to business.


The athleticism and creativity is off the charts and the distinction


between risk and reward is so clear. In this environment progression is


king. What's considered impossible today will be standard fare before


you know it. And that is why the riders push their limits time and


again laying it all on the line. And there's the contradiction.


Perhaps it's because they snowboarder's concept of normal is


anything but. Hello and welcome to Innsbruck, we


are here for the Air Style, an event whose name says it all. Yes,


the best snowboarders in the world are throwing down in the legendary


big air contest and it's the first time that female riders have been


invited to ride the kicker. We have got live music and a massive crowd.


This event has it all. Later in the show we have highlights from the


Stockholm city event, a parallel slalom battle that pits the race


against race in a unique alpine skiing format. And with Dave Ryding


in the elite of slalom racing, regularly taking X Games and welcome


medals, Graham and Jenny bring you a report into how we develop young


talent both alpine and freestyle disciplines. First it is the big air


from Innsbruck and Ed has been getting the lowdown on who is here


and what we have to look forward to. Air Style is one of the oldest and


most prestigious contests in snowboarding and attracts the


biggest names in the game. An impressive line-up of live acts, and


the biggest and critically most knowledgeable crowd you'll ever find


at a snowboard event, who will tonight be screaming at this jump.


Air Style Innsbruck is probably one of the oldest snowboard contests


and to be part of it is awesome. It is like almost a legendary event, I


can say, which makes it extra special for me. If you win the Air


Style in Innsbruck everybody knows about it and talks to you. It is


like the famous race in Kitzbuhel in skiing, that is what Air Style is


in Innsbruck. Air Style started here in 1994 in Innsbruck set up by


two friends, Andrew Osmond and Charly Weger who did it for their


friends, and there was no way they could imagine the global spectacle


it would become today. The first year was all over the place, we had


no idea what we were doing, I was a snowboard photographer at the time


and we had a stupid idea of doing a small event in Innsbruck. Since then


I guess it has grown all over the world. The one thing that makes


Innsbruck so unique is the crowd. Do you think that's the part of the


recipe you couldn't predict? Yes, that is what happened first time


around, we expected a few hundred people on Monday evening and 5000


turned up and it was just like out-of-control and crazy and that is


Innsbruck for you, it is a snowboard city. You've had women riding the


hip jump before but this is the first time men and women have


competed equally on the kicker as well. That is a huge milestone. Yes


and it's about time. Back in the 90s the girls were not ready for it and


we had some injuries back then and decided to stop. You've seen now


over the last few years since the Olympics in Sochi that the girls are


right up there developing really well so they absolutely deserve to


be part of Air Style. Women snowboarding is amazing now, there


are so many girls and boys trying harder and difficult tricks and


progressing way faster which is awesome to see. I wish we had been


here earlier but I think they needed us to see we are ready for these


ramps. It is so important for women's progression. In this event I


tried a new trick yesterday and I think it's going in the right


direction. We haven't had an Austrian winner


here since 2001, how does irk with the crowd go if Anna wins? They will


go crazy because it's been a long time and everyone has been waiting


for an Austrian to win, so let's hope it works out. All of the girls


are really good riders and I know I have to throw down my best tricks to


be able to win. Everybody will be cheering for her and wanting her to


win but I have people supporting me, I have my hyper crew supporting me,


so I will have to block all the other things out and concentrate on


my runs and hopefully it will go my way. There are three of us here,


usually it's just Billy, and we have stayed up late at night whether it


has been and watched it. This morning when the girls are training


we had a good crew of us and got really hyped up about it.


It's the heaviest hitters here. Yeah, the top ten guys are here, so


it's always a heavy hitting contest, for sure. OK, predictions? Yuki has


been off for a bit, Cleveland and Max. I reckon that is your podium.


And EU, where do you fit in to it? I don't know, just in between them


somewhere -- and you. It's always a very special event,


unique contest. With the women competing on the kicker for the


first time and in Snowboard Big Air, and Olympic discipline, does that


wrap up expectation? It does but this is the Air Style, one of the


biggest contests in the world and you have 30 of the worlds best men


and 18 of the worlds best women and a credit to the UK we have three


riders, Rowan Coultas, Billy Morgan, a veteran of Air Style and Katie


Ormerod, a woman in there for the first time. You mentioned Katie


Ormerod, in fantastic form, she won the World Cup in Moscow, big air and


third in the X Games slopestyle, can she podium tonight? She could win.


She's one of the most consistent female riders there is. Billy Morgan


was the first man to land the quad core, were people that out of his


locker on this jump? No, Billy did the quad core and put it in a box


and put it under his bed. He wanted it as a milestone but not something


he wants to pull out all the time. That said, Marcus Cleveland and Max


Power, both threw down quad corks in competition for the first time last


weekend at the X Games and that has definitely changed the landscape of


big air. I think it is going to be one of those two in first place.


With only 30 men and eight women in the competition vying for 12 spots


in the final, the qualifying rounds have been any credible contest in


their own right. Ed has been watching it for us.


On Friday night the men's field was whittled down from 30 to 16 riders


with all of the top names making it through, including both Brits Billy


Morgan and Rowan Coultas. Saturday's semifinals were contested in tricky


conditions with the high wind making clean runs a premium. The big names,


however, made it through, with the exception of you Kaikai. No.


Sebastien to Tom recovered recklessly from huge slam in the


first run to scrape through to the final and was joined by not one but


two Brits, Billy Morgan might have expected to progress, but Rowan


Coultas is enjoying the competition of his life, spirits are high


amongst the British boys. The best day ever! In the women's semis only


four riders could make it through to the finals and the big surprise was


home favourite temple -- Turn 2's failure. Britain's Katie Ormerod


just made it through to join them in fourth place but will have to raise


her game to compete for the win. The standard has been set and now it


is finals time. First up it is the women. The riders get three jumps


with the top two scores added together and the highest combined


score winning. The judges were looking for technical difficulty and


clean landings. I'm sure Ed is looking for creative flair, but both


of us will have our fingers quietly crossed for some British success.


Enni Rukajarvi will be the first woman to drop in on the kicker here


at Innsbruck Air Style. The fin has been very selective about the


contests she enters. She winds up switch, frontside 720, or cab 720


with indie grab a very clean. This is the trick that qualified her in


first place. You can see the control she has got over it there. She lands


squarely over the board, beautiful first jump from Enni Rukajarvi. 86


points is a great marker from the Finn. Cena Kendrick of the last time


you would have seen this woman she was putting Jenny Jones for the


bronze medal in Sochi. She has a frontside tent in her bag. What is


she winding up for? Frontside 720 tell grab and she lands beautifully.


Another very, very clean jump here in the first runs. The grab is so


hard to get on the tail. She holds it. 80.3. The third woman to drop,


one of the other states women of snowboarding. She has done video


parts, web series, she has gone most of the contest. Very nice switch


backside 40 but she didn't get enough speed. She finishes with a


very elegant penguin slide but is not going to count for anything --


backside 540. Katie Ormerod, qualified in fourth, just snuck in.


The cab 900 is her hardest trick. Is she going to open with that? She is


dropping in switch. Yes, winds up into it. Beautifully put down. The


grab was maybe a little short but she is so, so solid on those


landings. Beautiful. The mute grab in the middle. She just gets it in,


90 degrees to the spin. The landing and amplitude were there. The height


she got on the trick, 82.3, second place for Katie Ormerod. Run number


two. Enni Rukajarvi looking to capitalise on that great first run


score. She won the Lienz open two weeks ago and the World Cup last


week. Backside 720. Oh! She was so lucky then. This landing early on


was very soft. It has hardened up a little bit as the temperature has


dropped. That is what held her up there. So that score, 50.3, not what


she was looking for. That she does sit in first. Sina Candrian warming


up a backside spin, backside and frontside are denoted by the


direction of the rotation as you leave the kicker. Backside because


she has turned her back on the landing. Backside 540 Domino grab


and a little bit sketchy on the landing. She didn't look comfortable


at all. Run two down to experience for both Sina Candrian and Enni


Rukajarvi. There is a great chance for Katie Ormerod to take advantage


of these scores. What can Katie lay down? Dropping in full wets, Goofy


footed rider with the right foot forwards, backside 720, tiny bit in


the back-seat but she controlled landing beautifully again. --


dropping in forwards. That's the strongest of the second run tricks


so far and will almost certainly be rewarded with first place. A woman


who learned her trade in Castleford gets a 64 and that bumps her up from


third into first place. Look how much that means to her. It is all


going to come down to these third jumps here in Innsbruck. Run three,


Enni Rukajarvi, so much style, such good technical ability. Dropping in


forwards, going for the backside 720 again. She's gone huge and she


controlled that spin beautifully. She got a really really strong grab,


and then you will see she just wallops out the front leg,


straightens it there. And styles it out and pulls it back in with out


letting grow of the -- letting go of the grab. Sitting really deep into


the landing. 90.34 Enni Rukajarvi and the Finn moves back into first


place ahead of Katie Ormerod. It is Sina Candrian, her weak second


jumper. Can she follow Enni Rukajarvi and capitalise on her


third run? She winds up into the same backside 720 this time and she


has sat down. Disappointment for Sina Candrian, that guarantees Katie


Ormerod is second but can she make it first? Rowan Coultas and Billy


Morgan enjoying the show behind her as she drops in.


Just a little bit short! It was beautiful. The grab was really


strong. It is a super technical trick but she just under rotated. It


feels amazing. It is so good that girls can do this. To get the first


podium as well is amazing. You are podium material now? Yes, it feels


great. It is definitely a boost to my confidence. What an incredible


women's final. If Katie had landed that last jump, could she have


wrestled the lead back? Definitely. She held the grab all the way


through. That is critical. It is the best indicator of style and control.


She just under rotated slightly. Enni Rukajarvi, you said she would


be good? She has incredible technique. She is very stylish. It


is also technical. A deserved win. The men are warming up. It is time


for the men's final. We have two Brits in the next. Billy Morgan Dan


Roan cultus. Three jumps, the best two count. Can we get another bread


on the podium? Ed Leigh is the commentator.


-- Brits. Marcus Kleveland qualified first, so he will drop first. He is


very lied on his feet and incredibly precise. Four full horizontal


rotations mixed with three vertical rotations. He creates a corkscrew


spinning technique. That is the benchmark of a good finals rider.


You have two have this trick down. 87.64 Marcus Kleveland on the first


run. A very high marker from the young Norwegian. Max Parrot. He


doesn't have the style and finesse of Marcus Kleveland body as a huge


repertoire of tricks. He is going to set off with that benchmark trick we


have seen from Marcus Kleveland. A triple cork mute. The mute is the


grab. It is the landing that is immaculate. The spot said. Clean


over the board. Centred. 89.6. Max Parrot moves into the lead. Next in,


Billy Morgan. Southampton's finest. The Acrobat turned snowboarder who


has phenomenal natural talent. Backside triple cork 40 nose grab


air. The difference is he is going for the nose of his board. That


slows the rotation down. He couldn't hold onto the landing.


The first time Rowan Coultas has made the finals. 3.5 full spins. Two


corkscrews. The Grabban that was beautiful. He was wielding the


snowboarder like a scimitar. Absolutely beautiful. He stopped it.


79 points. Now it is good enough for third place. Rowan cultus' dream


continues. -- Rowan cultus. Michael Ciccarelli. They backside 1440.


Another one. We are seeing the benchmark trick by everyone.


Backside 40 triple cork mute. He controls this landing. It tries to


get away from him. He manages to catch the toe edge and getaway.


Third place. Enoch 's Rowan Coultas down to fourth. -- he knocks. Marcus


Kleveland, set just behind Max Parrot. He wants to get his nose out


in front. People need something very, very big. He knows what a wily


competitor Max Parrot is. 4.5 full spins there. Sven Thorgren, the


Swede, dropped his first jump. He went for a jump arguably harder than


a triple cork. Willie go for the 1440 again? No.


A 720, with his hands between his legs, then he slows the board stand,


over rotates it. Then does another 360. There is so much going on in


that trick, it is ridiculous. 15.6 from the first run. 83.3. It is the


combine the score from two of the 3-runs that will count. All pressure


on Sven Thorgren in the third run. Max Parrot looking to build on that


immaculate first-round score. Cab 1620. What?! He made that look


ridiculously easy. Three corkscrew rotations mixed in with 4.5 flat


spins. His spatial awareness in the middle of that spin is absolutely


phenomenal. He has added a 94.6. That has fired Max Parrot into


nearly untouchable territory. Billy Morgan has got that fall from the


first round. He desperately needs this. He has absolutely stomped


that. Look at the style he has on the landing. He is flexing the nose


of the board. What's the angle as he lands, his posture is perfect. --


watch. Billy needed that. 81.6. He has got one more jump to really


crank up that score. Rowan cultus in phrase second run after that magic


first run. -- Rowan Coultas. Backside and 1216 nose grab air. He


made that look so easy. -- 1260. Unbelievable. That blind landing. He


spotted it just as he comes in there. Then he is blind through the


last 180 degrees of that rotation. Rowan Coultas is riding absolutely


out of his skin. Second place! 160.6. Michael suture rally --


Michael Ciccarelli. Cab 1260, I think. Lovely grab on that.


Absolutely beautiful. 75.3 though. Difficult to see where he got marked


down. He does push Rowan Coultas down. Sebastien Toutant. The


horrendous crash in the semifinals. Can he put it to bed? Jesse can!


That is the tricky fell on in the semifinals. He fell on it in the


first run in these finals. This man is a warrior. Horrific Slammy


earlier on. He got back on the horse. Landed it perfectly. Open to


sixth place. -- up into sixth place. Max Parrot is in a very strong


position but it is all still to play for. This is the man who can


realistically still catch him. Marcus Kleveland, the young


Norwegian. Cab 1620. In some ways, not quite a corkscrew. Suddenly he


gets is the end of that location -- rotation. Such incredible spatial


awareness. The landing looked effortless. 92.3. It doesn't catch


Max Parrot. Sven Thorgren, another one of the riders with a big second


run score. He needs this third run if it is going to pushing up.


Absolutely beautiful! The backside 1440. Flat Spon. That is actually


win more technical than the corkscrew rotation. It is harder to


slow the spin down. Pushes him into third place. Max Parrot sitting in


first. What's he going to do? He has such a huge repertoire. Winds up. He


holds onto the landing. It isn't as clean as either the backside 1440 or


the 1620 whee saw. It won't improve the score. Billy Morgan needs this


run if he's going to make it to the podium. Cab 1440 triple cork. That a


new trick for Billy. He went absolutely all in there. He just


misses this landing. He spotted and then he is blind through the last


180. So close to getting there. 66 points. He improves massively on his


score. But it is only enough for sixth place. Rowan Coultas, what can


he add to his already stellar performance tonight? Backside at


1260. So close. Look at the smile on his face. If you could bottle joy,


it would look like that. Sebastien Toutant on, the last man to drop.


Can he upset the podium? He started so badly. He has turned it around in


the final. Frontside air triple cork 14. He can't put it down. If he had,


that would have been one of the top spots without doubt.


Confirmation of the result. That looked, from the first jump,


that there wasn't a doubt in your mind? You look focused on winning.


Yes, I was definitely focused. Focused on doing my best. Not


necessarily on winning. The trick I did in the first jump. I was pretty


stressed before. I went for it, landed and it worked out. The first


time we have ever had a to Brits in an era in style final. You crusted?


We did all right. How hard is it after you dropped the first, you


went back and nailed the second? Is never a good thing. If you get your


first jump, you get two tries on the second. You have two land the last.


I could've done with another one but I'm happy to landed. First time


stoked. With the world Alpine Skiing


championships just around the corner, the Ski Jumping calendar has


taken a break this weekend. The last event was on Tuesday night in


Stockholm. Graham is the best of the action.


The Stockholm city race is very different to a usual World Cup


competition. It is a knockout format. Head-to-head racing decided


after two short runs. Any time deficit is carried into the second


round. The course is between slalom and giant slalom. Only the top 15


skiers are invited. The men and women race on the same night. It all


adds up to a pretty special night. The format is a throwback to Junior


competition. The pressure of racing an opponent rather than the clock


suit some rather than others. It was a huge surprise in the first heat


when World Cup leader was taken out by his Norwegian opponent. He saw


off Alexander Hirscher by several hundredths of a second. That was not


the only surprise in round one. Henrik Kristoffersen -- Henrik


Kristoffersen was beaten by Linus Strasser. The top three in the World


Cup standings into the quarter finals. The door was ajar for day


riding to register another World Cup podium. Perhaps better. -- day


riding. Things were looking good for the bread as he got through the


first round. In the semis, he met Aleksi Patja role, is supremely fast


giant slalom racer. It was a case of close but not close enough for Dave.


He was relegated to the other final. Linus Strasser marched through to


the final. He saw of gross. It was Dave Ryding against Hagglund for


third place. It was a fine result for Dave.


In the final Linus Strasser's habit of upsetting the odds continue


taking his first World Cup win, Pinturault settling for second. If


the men's race was full of surprise the women's race was true to form.


Mikaela Shiffrin, Veronika Velez Zuzulova Rover breezed into the


semifinals on opposite sides of the draw and they were joined by home


favourite and fellow Scandinavian. The semis proved one-sided affairs


with Veronika Velez Zuzulova is a love and Mikaela Shiffrin setting of


the battles for gold between the world's top two slalom racers and


the American's domination continued as Mikaela Shiffrin grab the early


lead forcing Veronika Velez Zuzulova Rover into a mistake. Next up for


the racers it's the World Championships. We will have live


coverage of all of the medal races from St Moritz with Ski Sunday


extra. On the red button ABC sport website and app and unconnected TV.


It all kicks off with the women's super-G on Tuesday at 10:45am. Full


coverage details are on the winter sports index and the BBC's website.


British snow sports are riding the crest of the way that the moment


with Dave Ryding doing brilliantly in Alpine and hold team of writers


excelling in is freestyle we decided to cast an eye to the future to see


how both disciplines are developing the next generation of British


talent. We have been taking a closer look.


When I discovered snowboarding at 17 and I never even thought about a


long-term career in the sport, I just really liked going riding with


my friends. Little did I know that I would be a professional for over ten


years. COMMENTATOR: Jenny Jones has just


taken Britain's first-ever Olympic medal on snow.


For young riders today GB Park and pipe have developed a clear pathway


programme. Coaches can identify the best young talent across the UK and


bring them into the performance pathway. From their the aim is to


support them to reach the pinnacle, representing GB at the Winter


Olympics. We have consciously created a vision for people to come


in and start learning tricks with a view to competing in freestyle when


you recognise the potential to be able to move into international


level competition. It should be a seamless transition. You should get


the kind of support you need all the way through the pathway. But most


importantly, as an athlete you are still in charge. It's all about what


makes you tick and what is fun for you. I've been involved with the


setup of GB Park and pipe from the start and was looking after a lot of


the athletes who are on the main team now when they first got into


the sport, Katie Summerhays, it has been an amazing journey to come from


that through to where they are now with the GB Park and pipe team. The


setup we have now is the real deal. There was never any clear pathway


but we have shown you can do it from the UK, people like Katie


Summerhays, Ormerod, and now we have this pathway in place with a good


programme behind it and people are achieving that.


Alpine racing in Britain is very different. When I came through as a


young ski racer there was a very competitive club structure with a


clear pathway through to international competition.


Graham Bell is running very well here. Yes, 12th, very, very good.


Although the club structure still exists today the pathway has all


been wiped out by funding cuts over the last six years, something that


snow sport England has been trying hard to address.


We have great numbers of kids racing at the moment. I think it is always


a challenge in terms of Alpine with the funding that there is. To have


that clear pathway for athletes to follow all the way through from when


they are starting out on the dry slope here to progress onto snow and


move through the different squads, there is a real challenge around


funding that process and having clarity in the pathway all the way


up to Dave Ryding in the World Cup. Dave Ryding has made skiing history!


The first British racer on a World Cup podium since 1981. Amazing


scenes in Kitzbuhel. Dave Ryding just enjoyed his best season on the


World Cup circuit. What do we need to do to pick up on that success? I


think David is doing a fantastic job by showing it is achievable. But


there is more work to be done in terms of having a clear stepping


stones and supporting the athletes once they come out of the children's


and into this racing. Snow sport England once again laying the


foundations to help our young Alpine athletes to reach the top of their


sport, World Cup racing. And ultimately the Winter Olympics. It


is partly down to Olympic success that GB Park and pipe have been able


to develop the pathway and a support network for the next generation of


riders. With 12 freestyle athletes in Sochi, one of the aims of the


pathway is to ensure that success continues. It supported me in so


many ways, not just on the slopes but off the slopes too, we now have


opportunity and access to the physios, sports trainers, it's not


just focusing on snow, it's focusing on everything. When you get on the


snow after having all of that support it makes the difference. It


helps me work up to be tricks I'm doing, and I just feel more


confident going out and with lots of other people helping me. So I'm


getting to do lots of different things, that I've not tried before.


I really do want to go the Olympics. At times when I was younger I felt


like a lone athlete pursuing my dreams. Olcott has gone second, what


a cracking run! Now Snowsport England are bringing together on a


regular basis the most talented athletes in the country to create a


team environment and prepare them for life at the top of what can be a


challenging and ruthless sport. British ski and snowboard now offer


regular training weekends for members of the Junior Alpine squads.


Athletes have access to on slope technical training, fitness testing


and strength and conditioning sessions as well as classroom


lectures on stuff like media training, sports psychology and


nutrition. It came about because the squad has been lacking for a few


years now and we have such strength in depth in young athletes that they


need somewhere they can progress to. It is such a different change from


being a young athlete in the under 16 and under 14 team to be an


athlete in the international stage. For us we help them along the way


with educational sessions and physical sessions so that they can


build into it naturally. I was one of the first to join into it but it


is a really good stepping stone in the Europa cup, World Cup and


Olympics if I'm lucky. They are good with the fitness and you can see how


you improve with your results and the time you have to work through


them and with your fitness on the snow to get better and the drills we


do our important. You can work on that but maybe it's not quite as


easy. With the steps we are taking to help them with education and the


psychological side, it is a huge part of the sport that a lot of the


clubs don't get the chance to give them, so we are giving them that


access so they can build on that. As a coach myself of some of these


athletes I have seen first-hand how this pathway and education, combined


with a strong on snow programme is helping to create a huge pool of


talented young athletes and I'm really excited to see how far they


can take it. One member of the park and pipe team


is taking is right at the top, Jamie Nicholls. COMMENTATOR: Jamie puts it


down! Jamie Nicholls for Great Britain! Hello, you all right? Are


you good? Not too bad. How was the day on the Hill? Yes, it was a good


day. Where are we going now? The freestyle Park. They get access to


world-class training facilities like the freestyle academy here.


Trampolines, slack line and all kinds of other things down that


side. Ridiculously good, isn't he? Isn't there a skate park here


somewhere? There is a skate park on our right side. Then you've got the


jumps and the airbag down there. Remembered 12-year-old Kirsty from


earlier? She's going. How cool is that? We need one of those in


England. How much has the programme helped you to get where you have got


to? It has massively helped because now there is more of a team


atmosphere, it feels like everyone is more of a team and there is more


people and we all travel together and we all push each other and I


think that's really important to have that. Yes. Because the


programme has kids coming up now and it is really good because those


little kids coming up are looking at us who are at the top and then they


are doing our tricks at God knows how old, 13, 14, now and it's crazy


and the kids know if there is a programme it is perfect. With


PyeongChang on the horizon, the future looks very bright for


freestyle skiing and snowboarding in Britain. It's clear to see that the


hard work that's gone into establishing and developing the


pathway is paying off. With record participation levels and


high profile skiers like Dave Ryding inspiring the next generation, the


future could be bright for Alpine skiing in the UK. They will always


be challenges, but with big challenges come big rewards. Alpine


skiing is still the blue ribbon winter sport, and just because it's


a tough nut to crack doesn't mean we shouldn't try.


The Alpine and freestyle programmes are clearly getting more and more


professional and the proof that they are working is in the results we are


seeing now. It is important to remember, though, that our British


athletes are up against nations with far greater financial and natural


resources. Talking of money, Dave Ryding has proved that you can get


to the top seven in the world with zero lottery funding. It has given a


lot of hope and inspiration to a big group of Alpine skiers coming


through. British snow sport is getting more


creative in its fundraising as well. They have set up an initiative with


tour operators allowing you to make a small donation to the British team


when booking a ski holiday. With over 1 million skiers and


snowboarders going abroad from the UK every year that could be very


significant. Before we go we just have time for ski social. Last week


we featured a couple of golden oldies, not including you in that!


We thought we would let the pendulum swing the other way this week and we


have the next generation of shredders, very appropriate after


the feature we have seen. Keep working hard and you could end


up on a podium just like the one we have seen here at Air and Style.


Talking of recommendations, we want recommendations for a family ski


holiday and with half term just around the corner that is very apt.


Then focus solely on half term, later you go in the season the


warmer it gets, the longer the days are and the cheaper it gets. If you


are looking for location I wouldn't go further and Austria, good learn


to ski resort, and the great thing about Austrian ski schools is they


will take your kids straight out of nappies, and it's just a great way


of getting them out on the mountain and having fun. If you have a mixed


ability group look at one of the big ski areas like the Milky Way


straddling the French and Italian border. They are small family,


parochial results with cheap lift passes but there will also offer


better skiers the chance to ski in a huge area. Keep sending in your


pictures, videos and questions using the #Ski Sunday.


I'm afraid that's all we've got time for this week. If you are a ski


racing fan you will be pleased to know we resume normal service next


week on Ski Sunday. We are in St Moritz for the world


Alpine ski Championships where we will feature the men's and women's


downhill. We will see you then. COMMENTATOR: She's the star of the


skiing season. Amazing strength. He looks to be in


solid form. He's in trouble!


He is in control! When author


Sir Terry Pratchett died,


Ski Sunday comes from Innsbruck for the Air and Style big air competition. The world's best snowboarders, including Britain's Katie Ormerod and Billy Morgan, compete for this prestigious title, hoping to lay down an early marker ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.

There are also highlights from Stockholm of the city slalom World Cup races.