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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.