An awesome opportunity to ski or snowboard for 6 months on snow while travelling, training and competing across Europe with a team of skiers or snowboarders… Live, sleep, eat, train, compete, socialise, make new friends and foremost have an awesome experience for 6 months of the year in the mountains…
Who are we looking for and what level do the athlete need to be?
We are looking for skiers and snowobarders from any nation who want to race others. Athletes who are physically robust and willing to learn to ski or snowboard as well as display performance behaviours of a world class athlete in other aspects of training and lifestyle.
If you have a basic skill set, willingness to learn, are robust and a mind-set to over-come setback then GBX would love to work with you. Remember, most athletes who join us have never been on a ski or snowboard cross track previously. We specialise in taking athletes very first steps on a ski or snowboard cross track all the way through to Olympic level.
We encourage skiers and snowboarders of all levels to try ski or snowboard cross. We will not just develop you as a specialist ski or snowboard cross athlete but as an all mountain snowboarder.
We employ ski and snowboard cross coaches who specialise in all aspects of the sport, especially freestyle and racing.
What does the GBX full time program consist of?
The GBX program (ski and snowboard cross are seperate programs) are six month European on snow programs starting on the 1st October and running through until the end of March each year (6 months) and we are currently based in the Mayrhofen area of Austria. October, November and most of december is spent training on the glaciers of Hintertux and Pitsztal; january, february and March is spent training and competing at FIS and European Cup competitions throughout Europe.
Apart from the on hill training, the program also offers nutritional support and travel to/from training and competitions throughout Europe from the team base as part of the core costs.
Ideally you would be on snow 4-5 days a week for 6 months however we understand most athletes have alternate commitments / work that needs to be done during this period therefore we just ask you attend as much as possible but the final decision rests with yourself.
What should you expect if you join the full time GBX Academy?
Do you get time to hang out and enjoy yourselves?
Absolutely. The team trains hard and as such its athletes need to relax and chill out… As a team of athletes you will eat, sleep, train and hang out together during this six month period…. Close bonds will be formed and you will find friends for life.
What are the basic costs?
Core costs for snowboard cross for the season are £6000. This cost includes coaching (roughly 4-5 days a week for 6 months by specialist GBX team coaches), travel to/from the team base to training & competitions in Europe for the 6 months and nutritional support. The ski Cross program prices are to be confirmed.
Accomodation is €2400 for the six months. Athletes live together.
Anything you need to know?
Over the past 15 years we have had a huge range of abilities and ages join the program, all have a passion for skiing or snowboarding. Some go on to represent their country at the Olympics, most represent their company at international competions but all have a fantastic experience and massively progress as a skiers / snowboarders.
If you have basic ski / snowboard skills why go and become a seasonaire in resort when you can apply to join the GBX academy and train and travel throughout Europe with like minded skiers/snowboarders for 6 months of the year representing your country at International competitions with the possibility of going to the Olympics?
Please email the GBX at:- firstname.lastname@example.org as we are now looking for athletes for the 2018/19 winter season.
As the last two seasons have seen the full time (over 17yrs) Snowboard cross program over subscribed we are now accepting athletes for the 2018/19 program which starts on the 1st October 2018.
On joining the GBX academy, you will need to sign and return a GBX program agreement and send an initial payment of £750 to secure your spot. This will then be deducted from your final core costs payment later in the year.