During lockdown, Snowsport Cymru Wales learned to be adaptive and developed National Slalom Awards. Like swimmers who raced each other against the clock in different pools, it allowed skiers to measure themselves against the best in the UK during a period when restrictions prohibited venue-based competition.
Traditionally, Wales has hosted national domestic championships on the dry slope at Llandudno and Pontypool, as well as Alpine championships out on the real white stuff.
This year, those championships will take place in Switzerland at the end of March incorporated within wider international competition.
It’s a structure that provides the stepping stone towards future European Cup, World Cup and Olympic participation.
There are regional academies in Wales that feed into a national squad, while the most promising youngsters get picked up by Great Britain and their own development programmes.
That is a route already being undertaken by three youngsters with links to Wales, who have gone down the pathway towards competing at the World Junior Championships and Youth Olympic Games.
Giselle Gorringe, 18, has already been tipped as a future Olympian by her coach, Chemmy Alcott, who competed at the Games in Sochi in 2014.
Ed Guigonnet is a 20-year-old with family links to Pembrokeshire who is training with the GB European Cup team and competed in the World Junior Championships in Bulgaria last season.
And then there’s Tom Butterworth, 19, a member of the GB Ski Team and West Wales Ski Club who learned to ski on the dry slope at Pembrey. Tom recently returned from Canada where he competed in the North American Cup series of international races.
Producing international snowboarders is a tougher task in Wales on artificial slopes, but Maisie Potter from Bangor has defied the odds to become a GB teammate of Bankes’s, specialising in boardercross.
“The outlook is very promising in Wales for anyone who is interested in snowsports,” adds Kellen.
“We have 10 ski clubs in Wales, usually based around the centres and we run participation schemes that can feed into development and competition for those who want it.”
The sport in Wales is not without big ambitions, either, including plans to build a 400m indoor snow run – what would be the largest in the UK – as part of a training centre and holiday resort in Merthyr.
“The sport is growing every year and we need to offer facilities to match that,” says Kellen.