Dave Ryding, began learning his trait aged 6 on his local dry ski slope of Pendle. His dad Carl played the role of coach from age 11 progressing from dry slopes to real snow at the age of 12.
Aged 16, Dave was selected onto the England Alpine Ski Team, basing himself in Austria whilst juggling A levels and training. He was then selected for the British Team and won his first British Slalom Title in 2008, successfully defending it in 2009.
Attentions started to switch to the technical disciplines come 2010.
Competing in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics has been the highlight to date of his achievements, finishing 27th in the Slalom.
By the 2013 season Dave was ranked 68th in the world and was in a good position to challenge on the Europa Cup scene and start to put in good performances in the World Cup.
The first race of the season was Dave’s best to date, being the first British Slalom skier to qualify for a second run since the great Alain Baxter seven years ago, and where Dave finished 26th. This season was focused on the Europa Cup and with 4 podiums and 7 top 10s Dave became the first ever British skier to win the Europa Cup title.