Snowboard cross world champion Charlotte Bankes is one of the 69 athletes selected by GB Snowsport for the forthcoming freestyle skiing, freeski and snowboard seasons ©Getty Images

The British freestyle skiing, freeski and snowboard teams for the forthcoming season have been announced, with 69 athletes selected.

Reigning snowboard cross world champion Charlotte Bankes, Britain’s first gold medallist in the sport, has been selected alongside Maisie Potter in the women's World Cup squad, with Huw Nightingale chosen for the men’s World Cup circuit.

Bankes expressed a desire to build on last season’s success.

"I can’t wait to get back out into competition this season as part of a group of incredible athletes representing Britain in the snowsports disciplines," she said.

"Last year was obviously a real high point for me personally with great results for all of GB Snowsport, but neither I nor any of the team plan to take our foot off the gas at this stage.

"There’s some great talent across all of the squads with the best support around us we could hope for, and I’m sure we’ll be driving each other on towards our goals."

The Europa Cup squad in snowboard cross will consist of Brandon Cain, Bryn Nicholas and Kyle Wise.

In freestyle snowboard, Glen Ironside and Ethan Smith have been selected for the first time, and are part of the men’s A squad alongside Gabe Adams, Fin Bremner, Billy Cockrell, Matt McCormick and Jamie Nicholls.

Britain's first Olympic skiing medallist Isabel Atkin is part of the women's freeski A squad ©Getty Images
Britain's first Olympic skiing medallist Isabel Atkin is part of the women's freeski A squad ©Getty Images

Mia Brookes and Katie Ormerod are in the women's A squad, with Amber Fennell earning a first selection to the B squad.

The men’s second team features debuts for Siddhartha Ullah in the pipe and brothers Kai and Teiva Hamaini, alongside Koby Cook, Leon Drynan, Lenny Fenning, Hayden Harvey-Smith, Max Jorge, Logan King, Charlie Lane, Lewis Moore and Liam Tynan.

Zoe Atkin clinched bronze at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships women’s halfpipe event in March, and is part of Britain’s freeski A squad.

She is joined by fellow pipe specialist Connie Brogden, elder sister and Britain’s first ever skiing Olympic medallist Isabel Atkin, and Kirsty Muir, Madi Rowlands and Katie Summerhayes.

The men’s freeski A squad is made up of Gus Kenworthy in the helfpipe, Tyler Harding, Chris McCormick and James Woods, with Harris Booth, Rylan Evans, Mason Ferebee, Sam Gaskin, Tom Greenway, Felix Klein, Jasper Klein, James Pouch, Justin Taylor-Tipton, Sam Ward and Harry Wright forming the B squad.

Kenworthy is excited about the start of the season.

"It is always a privilege to be selected to represent your country, and I’m really looking forward to competing alongside some incredible athletes in all our freestyle disciplines this year," he commented.

"With the Beijing Games coming up, we’re all super-focused on having the best seasons we can, and the support around the freestyle squads means we’ve got a great chance to improve on what we achieved last season."

Oliver Davies, who just missed out on a medal at this year’s FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, and Emma Peters form the top ski cross team, with Lloyd Wallace competing in aerials.

The ski cross Europa Cup squad includes male athletes Gregory Baillie, Nicholas Bingham, Richard Goldsworthy, Sebastian Ison, Scott Johns, Owen Jones and Patrick Young, and female athletes Faith Davie, Alannah Lawrie, Claire Winthrop and Zoe Winthrop.

GB Snowsport's selections are completed by Will Feneley, Thomas Gerken Schofield and Matéo Jeannesson as its men’s moguls World Cup squad, and Leonie Gerken Schofield, Makayla Gerken Schofield and Skyler Nunn as the team for the women’s equivalent.

The head coach of national governing body GB Snowsport, Pat Sharples, said of the selections: "Never before has Britain had such a competitive field of athletes to select from.

"Despite the challenges faced by all of our athletes last season, they showed that they are capable of putting down world-leading results in some of the toughest competition environments around.

"Those results, and the squads we’re delighted to announce today, bode well for what promises to be a landmark year for snowsport."

The first World Cup event of the winter season is the freestyle big air in Chur in Switzerland on October 22 and 23.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games are due to be held from February 4 to 20 next year.