Roller Ski News 21st August 2007

Hope you've had a good summer - I'm writing this from rural Northern Ireland where snow and winter still seem far off.

But, with skiing in mind, and not letting the current weather put us off, we have one of our fullest autumn programmes to date. 2007/8 will be our third full season of rollerski instruction - and we hope to build on everything we've learnt to date, to make it our best.

I'd encourage you to read on, and book early onto a course. We have 1-day courses at Dorney Lake and Castle Combe, and 4-week courses in Hyde Park. Our club sessions (which will be a year old next month) continue to grow in popularity, especially with 'graduates' of our 4-week courses.

Finally, for turning rollerski skills into skiing on snow, we'd encourage you to book one of the Exodus / Waymark courses featured on our website.

Read on for more...


We have a very strong line-up of courses this autumn. In September we have the last of our evening courses in Hyde Park, with Level 2 courses for intermediates, as well as beginners's sessions.

Courses include:
Sat 25th August - Les Parsons masterclass
Sun 26th August - Dorney 1-day course (Level 1 [nearly full] and Level 2)
Thu 6th Sept - 18.15 Hyde Park, Level 2 4-week skating rollerski course
Sat 8th Sept - 11.30 Hyde Park, 4-week skating rollerski course
Sun 9th Sept - Dorney 1-day course (Level 1)
Tue 11th Sept - 18.15 Hyde Park, 4-week classic course

For a full list of courses see -


This year, we are recommending ski weeks run by Exodus / Waymark, which fit best with our rollerski programme. This saves the additional cost of flying us out for a week, and their staff will provide excellent instruction.

You can see our recommendations at

Additionally, if you book one of these trips (or any Exodus Winter Activity Holiday) we will give you a 25pp reduction on rollerski instruction or equipment (for you or your club).

We plan to offer a shorter 3-day preparation course before a couple of the ski marathons (at the moment we are considering the Engadin and Koenig Ludwig Lauf races). More details to follow on this.


We're still hoping for a good turnout for our special guest coach Les Parsons. It looks like there'll be plenty of adults along, but not many kids. So if you know any children who may be interested, let them know. All proceeds go to the Woodland Trust.

For more information, see


We'll be running a 1-day course at Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire on 28th October, along the same lines as our Dorney Lake courses.

If you live in the South West, this is a very good chance to do a rollerski course, and avoid a drive up the M4. If it proves popular we're likely to repeat the course - so please book up if you are interested!

For more information see -

PS you may be interested to see the rollerski racing taking place elsewhere on the circuit, on the same day - see below.


For more information on the rollerski race results and upcoming events this year, see

A highlight still to come is the inaugural Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club's 10k sprints. This is the club's first race, but promises to be a good one, with an exceptionally large entry from the military teams already. It will be interesting to see how civilian racers compare to the army and RAF, especially as racers will be on the same speed rollerskis (provided by the club).


Snowsport England will be holding a rollerski instructors' course on 6-7 October in Hyde Park, London. Eric Woolley, their chief coach, will be running the course and all potential instructors are invited to take part. Successful candidates will be able to join the Snowsport England coaching scheme, which provides public liability insurance and other benefits.


People often ask if rollerskiing is a new invention. To prove it's not, here's some archive footage of a rollerski tour from Southern California to Lake Placid (NY), in aid of the US Cross-Country Ski Team taking part in the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Such trips have taken place in the UK as well. In 1995 a 53-year old Harry Waugh from South Yorkshire travelled from Land's End to John O'Groats on rollerskis covering the distance in 17 days and 2 hours. He raised 4,000 for the British Heart Foundation

All the best,

Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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