Snowsport England has today announced the dates for the 2018 English Alpine Championships in Bormio, the 11th time the event will return to the Italian resort. Running from 10th – 16th February 2018, over 400 of the country’s best Alpine skiers ranging from under 10s to senior athletes will descend on the traditional ski and spa town to try and claim the English Champions crowns.
The Championships begin on Saturday 10th February 2018 with the traditional evening Opening Parade through the streets of Bormio. Then racing will kick-off on Sunday with the races being split between the main Bormio race pistes as well as races in the neighbouring village of Oga. With six busy days of racing including the evening Team Parallel Slalom, it promises to be another spectacular week of competition.
The English Alpine Championships continue to act as a springboard for future British Alpine ski stars, with the likes of Dave Ryding, Laurie Taylor and Cara Brown all competing in past Championships. It has become an important event in giving athletes the opportunity to gain professional racing experience, and the Championships not only attracts hundreds of competitors, they also play host to coaches, supporters, parents and volunteers, making for a unique and buzzing atmosphere.
Tim Fawke, Chief Executive of Snowsport England said of returning to Bormio in 2018: “We are delighted that we are returning to Bormio for the 2018 English Alpine Championships. This year’s event was one of the biggest and best ever, and once again we were lucky to have great weather and work with an exceptional organising team. Next year we will be in Bormio during Carnival so the atmosphere will undoubtedly be extra special and we are looking forward to watching our rising stars of Alpine skiing in action.”
President of the Bormio Tourism Board Elisa Bonacorsi said: “We feel deeply honored that Bormio will be the host town of the English Alpine Championships for the eleventh year in a row. The Bormio ski area, and especially the Stelvio and the Stella Alpina slopes will be a good test for the young English ski talents. Their passion and determination are the ingredients that every year again characterises this special and thrilling competition. We thank the organisation for the excellent work they carried out in the past editions and for having again chosen Bormio for the 2018 edition. We wish good luck to all the athletes!”
Entries to the 2018 English Alpine Championships will open later this year across six categories: Senior, Junior, U16, U14, U12 and U10.
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