ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 22nd October 2008

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 22nd October 2008

Preparation for the snow is stepping up a gear. Winter's definitely on its way, and skiing is only a few months away. (Enquiries and website hits are on the up, which is how we can tell folk are thinking of skiing!)

Next month we have several courses coming up, and in December we have our traditional Christmas ski tours and 'Mike Dixon Day' - a masterclass with Eurosport comentator and biathlon star, Mike Dixon. Now's a good time to get onto rollerskis again and get a few miles in, and we hope you can join us.

Alan Eason, one of our most experienced instructors, will be back next month for our Dorney course and a special Level 2 skating course in Hyde Park. In fact, we will have a full lineup of instructors on hand next month and are expecting a good turnout of skiers.

Read on for details of courses coming up, training tips, the finale of this year's rollerski racing and other news.


DORNEY courses, Sunday 9th and 23rd November - Levels 1 & 2

23rd November - Alan Eason will be back for the Level 2 course on 23rd November, and already we are expecting to have at least 2 groups of beginners on this day

9th November - this date has been added because we've had so many bookings for 23rd November. Again, we will have Level 1 and 2 groups on both days.

We recommend that you book ahead for these sessions:
Full day -
2hr session -

HYDE PARK skating courses - we have a Level 1 course starting Sat 1 November, and a Level 2 course with Alan Eason starting on Sat 15 November. See -


Last Saturday saw the last London rollerski race of the year - the annual London 4-hr event at Hayes. 1,500km was recorded by skiers and you can read a report at -

This Sunday, the Wessex Races at Castle Combe race circuit should see a field of 70-80 skiers take part in the last British Series race of the year. This race draws a large number of Army skiers, who used to dominate British rollerski and cross-country ski racing. For more information see


We have added a profile of instructor Ekaterina Rachel to our website - you can see our full instructor lineup at


We have sourced a new pole supplier, Swiss company KV+. Although only 10 years old, KV+ has rapidly established itself as a leading supplier of poles to some of the world's best cross-country skiers, biathletes and rollerskiers. We originally came across KV+ as a source of high quality replacement pole tips for Swix poles, and were so impressed we have taken them on as our main pole supplier.

For more information, see


Alan Eason will be running a rollerski instructor course in London on 15th-16th November. If you would like to get onto this course, please contact Helen Bell of Snowsport England on

The course is £80 and it is essential that anyone involved in teaching rollerskiing should be qualified and insured under the Snowsport England coaching scheme.


Snowsport England has announced details of its on-snow course in Kvitavatn, Norway next year. This is a great way for skiers to improve skills, and is always great fun, with some of the best instructors available in the UK. For more information on the course, see -


Here are a few good pointers for technique and training:

Downhill ski advice -
Skating without poles drill -
Classic ski advice -

Good skiing,
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