BSA A Winners, Apex Second, BSA B Third
BSA A - Zak Carrick-Smith, Freddie Carrick-Smith, Oli Laughland, John Erskine, Elizabeth Kingdom
BSA B - Jake Armistead, Luca Jovanovich, Sam Travers, Mattie Butler, Sophie Stevenson
Left to right Zack Vinter, Jake Doyle, Tom Hudson Yasmin Copper, Francesca Lee (Reece Bell not in photo)
Pyeong Chang, Winter Olypmics 2018
BSA alumni knocked out Team USA in the 2018 Olympic Alpine team event, and were then only two tenths off beating the Norwegian team (the eventual bronze medal winners). An inspired performance from Alex Tilley, Laurie Taylor, Charlie Guest and Dave Ryding, who finished in joint fifth place.
Back in the day these rockstars logged a total of 150 weeks of ski academy training between the four of them.
Born in 1996, Laurie learnt to ski race at Bracknell and Aldershot. Laurie joined the British Ski Academy in 2007. Ten years later he left BSA to join the national ski team. Leading the first run at halfway but crashing five gates from the finish line, Laurie famously turned the light green at the Cortina Alpine World Champs slalom in 2021.
TJ Baldwin, World Top 10 junior in SG, British champion 2011, 2012:
"Going to BSA has given me some of the best memories I have to date. I had so much fun there, I absolutely loved it. Not only did it stand me in good stead with my skiing, it also gave me the best possible schooling to do well in my GCSEs. I enjoyed going to school at BSA more than I ever did when I was at home. The teachers were always great, and, with a better teacher to pupil ratio, we always got the help and attention needed to fly through the work quickly and successfully. There will always be a place in my heart for BSA and I would recommend it to anyone!" TJ
Ed Drake, British SkierX champion, World Top 40 in SuperG, TV presenter:
"The British Ski Academy is a fantastic programme. I was able to complete my studies whilst being able to ski full time. It was like bringing the mountains into my classroom." Ed
Alex Tilley, Top 20 in two disciplines at World Cup, British women's team
"My time at the British Ski Academy has given me vast experience in many different areas of my life. Not only did my ski racing improve huge amounts, but I grew a lot as a person as well. I started off as a homesick and shy 10 year old, and left as a fairly confident 15 year old who never wanted to go home. Schoolwork was never a problem as the set up allowed me to apply myself 100% both on the hill and in the classroom. I wish to thank everyone involved for giving me such incredible opportunities, and some of the most memorable days of my life." Alex
BSA current and former trainees on national teams past and present include:
Charlie Guest, TJ Baldwin, Jack Gower, Alex Tilley, Dave Ryding, Charlie Raposo, Ed Drake, Jai Geyer, Roy Steudle, Mollie King, Luca Carrick-Smith, Lynn Sharp, Aaron Tipping, Sega Fairweather, Harry Brown, Sam Wrench, Nick Robinson, Marc Telling, Jan Kochalski, James Foster, Tristan Glasse-Davies, Jo Ryding, Eilidh McLeod, Jordan Fellows, Jazzy Butcher, Megan Jenkins, Yas Cooper, Katie Guest, Fraser Buchan, Jessica Anderson, Zak Vinter, Fraser Middleton, Owen Vinter, Laurie Taylor - and many more!
The BSA has also provided an Alpine springboard for Olympic bumps/freestyler Will Feneley and Telemark multiple world cup winner, Jaz Taylor.