Young or old, talented Scottish skiers or snowboarders who aspire to compete for Great Britain and potentially as a future Winter Olympian will soon have the chance to impress selectors with their skills and attitude. For the British Ski and Snowboard Cross (GBX) Trials will return to Snow Factor Braehead on 20 May – and again on 9 September.

If successful at the trials, athletes will be invited to join the British Home Nations Academy, British National Academy or British National teams for the forthcoming 2018/19 season. Last year, as a result of their performance in the trials, 12 year-old Thomas Dunn from Cambuslang and 15 year-old Alex Rooney from Letham in Angus, secured places in the National Academy squad.

First introduced at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the elimination format of ski cross (aka SX) and boardercross (aka SBX) sees up to six competitors timed as they race head-to-head down a steep course comprised of jumps, huge berms (corners) and drop-offs. With no margin for error and any physical contact resulting in disqualification, falls are frequent and races won by 100ths of a second.

Snow Factor, one of Scotland’s six snow-sport resorts and Scotland’s only indoor real snow facility is the only Scottish venue and just one of 5 UK-wide facilities to be selected to host the GBX National Trials by British Ski & Snowboard (BSS), Snowsport Scotland, Snowsport Wales and Snowsport England.

Following the first trial, on 21 May Snow Factor will also host a Ski and Snowboard Cross competition, giving young and old racers alike a further opportunity to test their mettle in the fast and furious discipline.

Thomas Dunn, who combines his snowboard cross training as part of Snow Factor Racing (SFR) with studies as a P7 pupil at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow, highlighted the benefit of the trials:  “As a young snowboarder you always want to push yourself and test your skills against other riders.  The GBX Trials is a brilliant event format to do both – and hopefully grab a coveted place on the national programme.”

Andrew Binnie, Slope Manager at Snow Factor Braehead, commented: “Snow Factor is proud to again be invited to host two of six selection days for the British GBX trials.

As highlighted by the success of Thomas Dunn and Alex Rooney last year, Scotland has many talented young skiers and snowboarders who in addition to the mountains, benefit from our year-round snow conditions to practice for opportunities like the GBX Trials and our competition the following day.”

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