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YOUR chance to have YOUR say!! – Sport England 'Sport Satisfaction Survey'


This is your chance to have your say about snowsports in England and to help give your support by showing Sport England how much snowsports is enjoyed and valued.  


At the moment we are behind most sports for the number of club members who have completed the survey (only 99 club members.) Other sports like weight lifting, waterskiing, climbing, rounders, angling, table tennis, orienteering, baseball and even shooting are ahead of us by more than 400!!


Lets show how competitive Skiers and Snowboarders are and get the numbers up! Please remember to tick the box when asked that you are a member of an affiliated club.


More information:


This survey issued by Sport England will help drive and shape sport in England in the years to come as we work to deliver a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The survey will establish how satisfied you are with the quality of your sporting experience when taking part in snowsports. 


To become part of this unique project and help shape the future of sport in England, please click on the link below – your help and time would be much appreciated by snowsports and Sport England.




If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Ipsos MORI team at SportEnglandSurvey@ipsos-mori.com


20 Snow-Camp Young People Gain Level 1 Instructor Certificates!


“A fantastic and beneficial project that just keeps getting better”

Martin Bell (British Olympic Skier)

Youth charity Snow-Camp has just returned from their latest adventure in the French Alps, but this time with 20 young people having been recognised as trained ski instructors. For the first time since the charity was established in 2003, the Snow-Camp Excel programme, launched in 2010 with Sport England funding, gave young people the chance to gain a Snowsport England Level 1 instructor qualification.



During the week held in Les 2 Alpes, the young people also gained first hand experience by shadowing full time instructors from the European Ski School. Jeremy Edwards, Director of the School, gave the group intensive workshops focusing on teaching skiing and snowboarding techniques.


Jeremy said ‘It has been a great pleasure for myself and the team of instructors here at the European Ski & Snowboard School to have been involved in the training of the Snow-Camp students in preparation for their Level 1 qualification. All students progressed well during their week with us, as they shadowed our instructors teaching during a busy ski school week. We are so pleased that all students successfully trained and received certificates rewarding them for their commitment and hard work.’


Vickie Pullin and Chris Exall from Snowsport England came out to resort to put the young people through the final assessment day, and were happy to be handing out Level 1 certificates to all the young people. Tim Fawke, CEO of Snowsport England said, ‘This is a big step forward for Snow-Camp. They have now taken young people from inner city areas, introduced them to snowsports and got them all the way to being trained as ski instructors. This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and could be life changing for the young people concerned’


The students, who represented youth projects from across London, had all completed previous Snow-Camp programmes before having the chance to begin the Excel programme. During the course they completed 8 UK based days at Milton Keynes SNO!zone, as well as first aid and child protection training, before heading out to Les 2 Alpes. Emma Martin, Snow-Camp Project Manager said ‘This is a fantastic achievement for Snow-Camp and the young people involved. We’re so excited to be able to support these young people in gaining their Level 1 instructor qualification and can’t wait to get them teaching a new generation of Snow-Camp participants on our forthcoming summer courses’


Snow-Camp will now be employing a number of the newly qualified young people to teach their peers on Snow-Camp London beginner programmes, starting this summer. They will also gain further experience working in the ski industry through work placements provided as part of Snow-Camp’s Peak Potential programme.


Dan Charlish, Snow-Camp’s Director said. ‘This is a very big day for everyone that has been involved with Snow-Camp over the past 8 years. We are all so proud of the effort and commitment these young people have shown to reach this level and gain their qualification. It’s also a major milestone in the charities development and shows beyond doubt the huge potential inner city young people have to excel in snowsports when given the opportunity.’


For more information on all the Snow-Camp programmes, please contact Snow-Camp Project Manager, Emma Martin on 07545 431824. To support Snow-Camp or for more information about the charity, please see www.snow-camp.org.uk


Freestyle Skier announced as a ICAP Scholar for 2011


The Youth Sport Trust in association with ICAP plc is delighted to be supporting 22 talented young athletes through the ICAP Scholarship programme and this year includes Tyler Jay Harding - Freestyle Skier – A huge congratulation to Tyler!



Here's a report on Tylers progress at the 2 week Talent ID Camp at Laax, Switzerland, from his Salomon and Oakley team manager, Pat Sharples. Tyler has just gone for it over the last 2 weeks of training and put in maximum effort everyday and it has paid off big time! I had plans for Tyler before we came to Saas fee and he has achieved and done more than I expected while we have been here! He now has a great comp run with so many tech tricks with good amplitude on each hit in the pipe. Tyler has never had that much chance to train pipe but I know now he can be up there with the worlds best. I think he has got the right mind and attitude to start doing double flips in the pipe which no other Brits has yet done.  His general all round skiing has also improved and I feel this has been a big part of his success out here but still needs to do more work on his general ski skills which I know we can get sorted with a bit more time training on snow. 


Watch one of Tyler's runs in training -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhysREccdDk


As well Tyler has the possibility of a Youth Olympic place and world cup events so he needs as much time in the half pipe as possible. He's really excited about the upcoming opportunities, and we are too!


Tylers disciplines include Big Air, Slopestyle and Half Pipe and come highlights of Tylers career so far include: Being picked to represent the UK on the Disney Next X Show, filmed in Tignes, France, in March 2010, winning Gold medals at the Brits in laax, Switzerland for the past 3 years,  winning the Farmers Jam Weekend overall in August 2010, being  No 1 in UK in the British, being  No 1 in UK in the British Snow Tour rankings..


For more details on the ICAP Scholarship programme http://www.youthsporttrust.org/page/news-story/icap-scholars-for-2011/index.html


Anglo / Welsh Indoor Championships 23rd April 2011

British Indoor Ski Championships 24th April 2011


Whilst the Easter bank holiday weekend saw some scorching weather conditions for most of the country, 150 of Britain’s up and coming ski racers spent the weekend in the freezing conditions (-2 degrees celsius) at the Chill Factore indoor ski slope in Manchester to compete for the titles of English, Welsh and British Indoor Skiing Championships.


In a weekend of indoor ski races, sponsored by Salomon UK, Snow & Rock and Hestra Gloves there was some fantastic ski racing demonstrating the strength in depth of the British domestic scene.


As you would expect, the Championship titles were taken by the most experienced racers in the field, though there were a few surprises!  Jo Ryding (Kandahar Ski Club) dominated the field of women racers winning the British title by a clear margin ahead of Charlotte Gould (Telford) and Beth Widdup (Chill Factore & Dragons Alpine).  In the mens competition, ex British Team member and now Ambition Ski Academy Programme Director Marc Telling put down two great runs to take the overall title.  A great result for Marc considering he gets to stand on the side of the hill most days telling his athletes how it should be done and rarely gets to train for himself.  Just goes to show he must know what he’s talking about!  Marc was pushed very closely by one of his trainees, Ashley Hill (Ambition) and by English Team member Matt Thompson (Hemel & Impluse) in second and third place respectively.  A mention also has to go to Welsh team member Andy Davies (Cardiff & Dragons Alpine) who put down the fastest 2nd run time, just to keep the rest of the field on their toes.   Andy finished in 5th place overall.


Welsh indoor championships titles were won in the womens competition by Megan Jenkins (Norfolk & British Ski Academy) and in the mens event by Andy Davies (Cardiff & Dragons Alpine).  English titles were taken in the womens event by Charlotte Gould (Telford) and in the mens competition by Matt Thompson (Hemel & Impluse).



The summer season of artificial slope races moves on this weekend with two days of outdoor races at Norfolk and returns to the Chill Factore for more indoor races at the end of May with the Welsh series of Celtic Cup races sponsored by Champery, Switzerland.

Photographs attached – Winners Jo Ryding & Marc Telling (Credit Crank Photo)


For more information, contact;

Robin Kellen

Chief Executive, Snowsport Wales

Tel: 07779 623925

The British Universities Snowsports Championships 2011


 One hundred lucky Loughborough University ‘Sno’ Club members travelled to France this Easter to join a massive 1700 students from across the country for the British Universities Snowsports Championships (BUSC) in Tignes, France for a week of Snowsports competitions, tanning and partying!

Although sunny blue skies all week were not ideal conditions for the competitors, it did help to create an awesome atmosphere and impressive goggle tans!





The competition is high with many ex-national team racers who are now at University battling it out to be crowned King and Queen of BUSC. This is one of the few British competitions that mix both alpine racing and freestyle so you could be racing down a Giant Slalom in the morning and pulling tricks out of the X-Games Half Pipe in the afternoon.


Loughborough put in impressive performances throughout the week. The standard was set on the first evening when the snowboard team claimed the bronze medals in the floodlit dual slalom, in front of hundreds of supporters before the massive BUSC open air welcome party.


Mike Colyer won gold in the giant slalom, with notable performances from Jemima Barnes (5th) and Matt Davey (7th). Colyer showed his class again in slalom where he claimed bronze and a personal best from Matt Davey (9th).

Ski-X and Board-X combines the speed of racing with jumps and drops, and 4 racers battle head to head in a straight knockout competition. Sam Thomas had a flyer coming in 2nd and Rebecca Worboys claimed a courageous 8th place.


The freestyle team also brought home a BUCS point and some impressive results; James Sleigh the pick of the bunch with 4th in slope style along with some great performances from the rest of the team in half pipe and big air.

As you can guess, whilst competing is an important part of BUSC it is not all that it’s about. With nearly 2000 students and only around 250 competing over the week there is a lot of recreational skiing and snowboarding amongst friends. At the end of the day when the sun begins to go down the students start to come off the mountain and start the après-ski. Val d'Isère (by pure coincidence), happens to have some of the best après in the world at the incredible ‘La Folie Douce’ open air bar on the side of the piste, where there’s dancing on tables, fire breathers and champagne showers all day, every day! BUSC also had a massive success this year with their Jack Wills Funicular Parties at night, every night! With the top DJ’s in the world, there were parties going on until the early hours of the morning at the bottom of the glacier, this was a brilliant experience. It was an unforgettable week for so many reasons, Loughborough making their presence felt in all the right ways!




If you’re coming to Loughborough University in September or want to find out more about Snowsports at University feel free to get in touch with the club at loughboroughsno@hotmail.com 


Photos provied by Steven McKenna.

Downhill Only Ski Club Seeks experienced Ski Leaders


The Downhill Only Ski Club, Wengen ( www.downhillonly.com )  Seeks experienced and suitably qualified Ski Leaders to lead parties of DHO members in the Jungfrau Ski Region. Duties also include helping with weekly ski races, social/office hour and promoting the club to other Wengen visitors.


Suitable Alpine Qualifications and a knowledge of the Jungfrau ski region are required.  Basic German an advantage and course setting experience an advantage.


Candidates need to be able to commit to a minimum of two weeks.


Please email now with a brief CV to wengen.manager@downhillonly.com



Other Snowsport England News


·The AGM for 2011 is fast approaching and is due to take place on the 18th June at Sports Part, Loughborough University. More Information to follow on the 20th May.


· Join Snowsport England on Facebook for all the latest information, Follow the link; Snowsport England Facebook Page.



·Booking is now open for the 2011 Coaching Conference. Taking place on the 17th/ 18th September at the Chill Factor. Click Book Now to go to the booking pages.