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Ski and Board Show 2010

The Birmingham Ski and Snowboard Show was the perfect setting for Snowsport England to show appreciation for all the work and effort from those at the sharp end of the sport.  The inaugural awards for clubs and volunteers were judged from the entries received and a massive well done to all those that made it to the short list and the winners. The deserving champions each received a glass bowl, framed certificate and 200 voucher to spend at Bartletts, which was presented by ski legend Graham Bell. Many thanks to Graham and of course Ski Bartletts for helping us to support the often inconspicuous, but vital work that our clubs and volunteers do.


Recreation club of the year 2010
Winner                                                Weardale Ski Club
Runner up                                           Midland Ski Club

Volunteer of the year 2010
Winner                                                Gwenderlyne Southall
Runner up                                            Carron Thorley

Unsung Hero Award
Winner                                                   Steve Lambert
Runner up                                               Rob Weeks
Winners of snowball competition

Competitive club of the year 2010
Winner                                                   Midland Ski Club



Winners of Snowball Competition


The Cooper family from Gloucester spent their afternoon at the Ski Show counting the polystyrene balls in a jar on the Snowsport England stand and estimated there were 8700 of them crammed into the container. There were in fact 8707, but the Cooper’s were the closest by miles being only 7 away from guessing correctly. They won an Oakley hat and pair of sunglasses!


The Energiapura 15th
English Alpine Championships
20th – 25th Feb 2011



Well, with the clocks going back and the Ski World Cup opening in Solden we know that the season is about to start.  We have been working throughout the year to prepare for next year’s English Alpine Championships. Yet again we will be returning to Bormio in Italy, where we have been able to run races on the renowned Stelvio Piste, providing us with some fantastic races, especially the Super G.

Once again we will have a full programme,  NJR SL & GS,  FIS SL, GS & SG, providing the opportunity  for Juniors to take part in up to 5 races. Both the SL’s will be set on the Stella Alpina Piste, this should provide a much better setting for the races, excellent lift access and superb spectator facilities.

The Children’s races are the same as last year, with the SL & GS both being run on the Stella Alpina Piste and the closing race of the week, the SG on the Stelvio Piste. We’ve spread the Children’s races out to provide a day’s training in between each race, and to assist us with the logistics of running two races at the same time.

For those that have never been to Bormio before, I’m sure that you will enjoy the hospitality and atmosphere of an old Italian town. There has been a settlement here since Roman times, which can still been seen today in the form of the Roman Baths. Bormio is famed for its Spa facilities, and is well worth a visit if time permits. The old town dates back to medieval times and has some very interesting buildings and architecture.

We are very pleased that Energiapura will be sponsoring the event again, and I’m very much looking forward to introducing as many people as possible to their Rep, Stefano Cassin. Their support is greatly appreciated.

For more information on the English Alpine Champs, visit the website:




Tri Regions 2010

For the past few years there has been an annual Tri Region dual slalom event held in October between ERSA, SRSA and LSERSA. It’s a great way to end the summer season and each region puts forward eight teams five racers, so we have 120 racers racing down a dual slalom course in a league format. Each racer gets many races and it is always a hectic, quick and above all a fun day of racing. Details about the race can be
This year the event was held at Brentwood and the weather was kind. The morning session is an intense league stage with 120 races between the teams. It sometimes gets a bit chaotic up there are the top but with all the helpers it all works out. The races are dual slalom relays and as a result of them being in this format it makes for some very exciting races, which keep everybody on the ball.
In recent years ERSA have been the successful region taking the main honours, however this year SRSA performed extremely well and took most of the honours on the day. Congratulations to SRSA for such a strong  showing this year. Both ERSA and LSERSA will definitely need to up their game next year.



Lsersa news


22 Schools across Surrey attend inaugural Surrey Schools Ski Championships at Aldershot!

Sunday 17th October saw the launch of the Surrey Schools Ski Championships at the Alpine Snowsports Centre at Aldershot.  The race was supported by the Aosta Valley Tourist Board,  HTS Ski Total, SkiBound snowsports for schools, SkiClass and SSE; who all very kindly sponsored the day’s racing and donated prizes.

Aimed at promoting the sport of ski racing and following the long running success of the annual Kent Schools Ski Championships, Surrey Schools Skiing was set up to run the new annual  championship, open to pupils of all primary and secondary schools within the Surrey Education area. Schools enter racers as teams of 4 to take part in the team championships, or if not able to muster a team of 4, then racers can still represent their schools as individuals.

The event was a tremendous success, with 22 schools represented – from those locally based, such as All Hallows, Farnham Heath End and Weydon, to those as far afield as Danes Hill and Croydon High! Many of these schools had never entered a race team in any ski event anywhere before, therefore introducing many new schools and individuals to the sport.
 In all 115 racers took part from across Surrey – covering School years 3 to 13 – all competing in the individual slalom races with 2 hard raced timed runs against the clock. These were followed by a ‘fun’, but still highly competitive, head-to-head, dual slalom race in the afternoon, which gave everyone a chance at a medal.

Reeds school from Cobham, lifted both the Overall and Senior (years 10 and over) boys trophies, with Royal Grammer School, Guildford second and Reeds B team third. In the Girls competition, Surbiton High stormed the competition, filling all three medal positions. Cranmore A, from Horsley, won the Mid (years 7,8,9) School Boys event and Surbition won the Mid School Girls.

The Primary School section had its own championship,  with Cranmore B winning the boys Trophy, Danes Hill B second and Cranmore C third. In the Girls Competition,  Danes Hill took the title, closely followed by two teams from Surbiton.

In the individual positions, fastest overall boy on the day was James Sieber (Reeds), hotly followed by Pete Davis (Woking College) and Chris Reader (Woolmer Hill) in third. In the Girls event, Overall Champion was Rebecca  Pickup ( (All Hallows), with Jenny Davies (Winston Churchill) second and Isabella Hathway (Farnham Heath End) third.

In the primary competition, Joe Davey from Cranmore won the boys section and Nia Griffiths, from Croydon High, won the girls.
Surrey Schools Skiing were kindly assisted with the organisation of the inaugural event by the London & South East Regional Snowsports Association (LSERSA) who run events for skiers across the south East.
Full race Results can be found at



Sport Unlimited Case Study
SnowSport in Greater Manchester

Summertime is not traditionally associated with winter sports, even in a city like Manchester that is no stranger to wintry weather during June and July.  During the 2010 summer term, however, the Sport Unlimited project allowed school children from the Trafford and Salford boroughs to take part in eight weeks of skiing, at the giant Chill Factore venue in Trafford Park.

Before deciding to put on the activities, the three PDMs (Program Development Manager) involved assessed the levels of interest in skiing in their School Sport Partnerships, as well as whether any schools or colleges held annual ski trips.  Through some of the discussions, it was recognised that many pupils who went on skiing holidays, either through school or with their families, fell into the “semi-sporty” group that  Sport Unlimited aims to reach.  Therefore it was decided that skiing sessions would form an ideal part of the Sport Unlimited programmes.

Over the eight weeks, the youngsters took part in a range of activities targeted at three different ability levels. These three levels were “Beginners – Learn to Ski”, “Improvers” and “Learn to Race”. This meant a broad range of skiers could take part, from complete novices through to those with more experience from family holidays and school trips.  

Under the guidance of qualified Chill Factore ski instructors, all participants worked towards Snowlife Awards relevant to their abilities.  As a result, all the participants will be able to access the facility in future without instruction, having reached the required skill level.  Youngsters who came with prior experience and progressed to a more advanced level were invited to join Race Leagues, or even to become members of the Race Club at Chill Factore.  The children also developed their spatial awareness and core strength through the sessions and learnt about mountain safety, correct clothing for alpine situations and the Skier’s Code.

The eighth week of the programme finished the programme in suitable style, races were organised between the groups and schools attending.  The winning school was presented with the new Greater Manchester Schools Cup, which is to become an annual award.  Several other trophies were presented and all the participants received a certificate, a completed log book of their achievements and a Snowlife award to recognise the level of skiing they had reached.

In addition to funding from the Sport Unlimited project, participants were charged a small fee of 3 for the eight weeks, and Trafford SSP provided money for the trophies and medals. The Chill Factore provided marketing, equipment, clothing, helmets, certificates and Snowlife Awards.

The sessions proved to be an unqualified success.  Grouping the youngsters by ability meant that the groups were made up of a mixture of ages and schools, and after the first week the participants were all chatting to each other and welcoming each other like long lost friends, which was a real highlight of the programme.  One youngster summed up the experience: “it’s really fun...you make a lot of friends and get more confident.  It really doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner, you learn along the way.  It’s given me confidence not only in sport but socially and in school.”  The enthusiasm for the sport was clear to see, as the young skiers were taking off their skis at the bottom of the slope and racing back to the top to get more runs in.

One of the teachers commented that, “our school is just two miles from the Chill Factore, so it is getting good local use.  Some of the children have started to go in their own time.  That was goal of the programme, so if that continues and even more children have the confidence to go on their own that will be very satisfying.  The aim is that they don’t stop going and that they have a skill and a love of skiing for life.”

In order to secure longer term participation in the sport, the organisations involved provided a variety of exit routes.  All participants were invited to join The Ski Club of Manchester with their parents or The Chill Factore Race Club depending on the level of their new skills and to attend activity sessions at the end of the eight weeks, including a Summer Race Camp.  Snowsport England with The Ski Club of Manchester have also secured beginner and improver sessions at reduced costs for parents, carers and teachers to encourage family membership with the club. A funding bid has also been submitted for a grant to subsidise the costs for the parents. After School sessions have now started and the participants from the Sports Unlimited programme have been invited to attend at a cost of 5.50, a 50% reduction on normal charges which is being marketed as a loyalty scheme to encourage the young people to continue to develop their new skiing skills.

The Ski Club of Manchester has also recently been awarded Snowmark accreditation.





Vickie Pullin Press Release


It is with mixed emotions that I write this. After just over a year in the post of Development Officer, I have decided to take a sideways step and as from November 30th I will no longer be employed in that role.

I have had a rollercoaster ride and met lots of wonderful people in the past year, who are all trying to help in the crazy world of snowsports. I have helped with some amazing projects and learnt a lot from my time in the job. Often hectic and chaotic it has made me me appreciate how hard the small team within Snowsport England work.

Those of you that know me will understand that I am extremely passionate about snowsports and of course snowboarding. Hence I will still be around and starting with a shake-up of the snowboarding system within Snowsport England. I will still be tutoring snowboarding courses and helping train up the up and coming ranks. I will also be focusing on my coaching and spending more time on the hill training athletes. This I feel is where I’m really meant to be and where my skills will be best utilised.
Snowboarding needs developing and I need to invest my time, so that we have proper pathways, competitions and national teams for people coming into the sport to see their journey and destination. My time as a development officer will be of great benefit to bring these changes into effect.

So all that’s left is for me to say is a big thank you to all the people that have helped me over the last year and for accepting this baggy trouser wearing snowboarder into the ranks, I may not have fitted the conventional stereotype for this job and Tim was always hassling me about my pants, but we did all manage to bring some changes and maybe the seeds of a snowsport revolution may have been sown.  
Lastly thanks to Tim, Jan and all the office staff for putting up with all my questions, unfortunately for you guys I’m sure I’ll be causing more mayhem in the future.