After the successful incorporation of
over the last two Winter Olympics, the addition of
at the Sochi Games finally gives us genuine GB medal hopes on snow.
In a film I've made for Ski Sunday, I've been looking at why that might be, and the good news is it appears the GB freestyle team is only going to get stronger.
Inspire: The Olympic Journey - James Woods
The reason? Firstly, slopestyle will be in the spotlight in Sochi - with its combination of massive kickers, rails and boxes, it's a creative, exhilarating and dynamic event that will grab everyone's attention.
It's heartening that those riders have risen to the top of their sport before slopestyle has made its Olympic debut. And it's the nature of their event that could see elite numbers grow in Britain in the coming years.
Before Christmas, I went to the Castleford Xscape indoor snowdome in West Yorkshire for their twice-monthly Freestyle Friday night.
“With the rails and boxes at indoor snowdomes, you can get to such a high level where you can compete with the world's best on these features.”
Pat SharplesHead Coach, GB Freeski
The hill was dotted with rails, tubes and boxes, features that can easily be put out at facilities here in the UK. You don't need a big mountain and you don't need real snow, as you do to develop in ski racing at elite level.
Pat Sharples, coach to Woods and Summerhayes, told me you can learn to ride features to international competition level on the facilities we have here.
In fact, all of the GB freestyle skiers and snowboarders going to Sochi started on either dry slopes or indoor domes in the UK.
The most positive thing about my evening in Castleford was that it was really busy. There was a real mix of skiers and snowboarders, youngsters and older riders, all of them pushing each other to improve.
You could see them progressing in front of you - one kid would try a trick, their friends would copy or try to better them. It was a friendly atmosphere, not intimidating or overly competitive, just a great environment to improve in.
Every sport needs high participation numbers at the bottom to drive improvement and subsequently results at elite level.
I really hope that's what I was witnessing in Yorkshire.
A couple of years ago on Ski Sunday, I returned to the Cairngorms in Scotland to meet my first coach Hans Kuval. Hans reminded me that when my brother Martin and I were kids, the Scottish Ski School had anywhere between 100 and 150 children racing across different ages.
Ski Sunday in Scotland 2012
There's nothing quite like sibling rivalry to push you on - I don't deny that my greatest motivation was beating my brother. However, having so many fellow competitors made us both race faster.
When I returned to Scotland in 2012, numbers had fallen - there were about 40-50 in the club training.
It pains me to say it, but I wonder if it's more than coincidence that in the past five years, only Chemmy Alcott has consistently performed at the top of alpine skiing.
Worryingly, beyond Chemmy, only slalom racer Dave Ryding looks capable of gaining solid top 30 World Cup results. His title victory in the second-tier Europa Cup last year was a notable achievement.
Unfortunately, Britain's ski racing cupboard looks pretty bare, and with Chemmy nearing retirement
after her recent injuries,
results might get worse before they get better.
It's not all doom and gloom though, and I'm certain ski racing has a future in Britain, although the pathway to success could now be through alpine-based schools.
Wherever you're from, the downhill remains the blue riband event of the Winter Olympics, and I can testify to the addictive thrill of raw speed.
However, it's easy to see the appeal of freestyle. There is common ground in culture and fashion with popular sports like skateboarding and BMX.
And at elite level, there's no doubt that currently it's a lot easier to break through in freestyle snowsport.
The competition is not as established, and in slopestyle we have a discipline where athletes can develop their abilities to a really high standard without having to train abroad.
My heart will always be in ski racing, but if this new event gives Britain its first Olympic medal on snow, who am I to argue?
And if that results in more people putting on a set of skis or a snowboard, it can only be a good thing.
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Graham Bell's report on slopestyle in the UK will be on Ski Sunday, on 19 January at 17:15 GMT on BBC 2.
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