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Snowsport England Update

New Snowlife Awards Rolled Out.


The 1st of August saw the launch of the new Snowlife Awards, designed for youth Skiing. Developed by Snowsport England, BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) and the other Home Nation Governing bodies, the awards take you from absolute beginner

through to expert, perfect if you've already got your sights on the most challenging piste.


Snowlife is being launched initially for skiers but there are plans to embrace other disciplines from Spring 2012 onwards, so watch this space!


See more here or contact your local SSE Sports Development Officer.



Snowsport England Club and Volunteer Awards 2011 - Nominations Now Open!


The nomination period for the 2011 Snowsport England Club and Volunteer Awards is now open and will close on the 30th September at 5pm.


The catorgories for this year's awards are;


Recreational Club of the Year

Competitive Club of the Year

Volunteer of the Year

Young Volunteer of the Year

Unsung Hero


and new for 2011:


Sport Ambassador Club of the Year


Download nomination forms and find more details on how to nominate.




Spotlight On - Carron Thorley


Name: Carron Thorley


Role: Fundraising Officer for Midland Ski Club, Secretary of the Central England Snowsports Association and parent of MSC skiers


Preferred Discipline: Skiing



Volunteers are the key to Snowsports within England as without them the majority of Snowsport activity in England simply wouldn’t happen. 


We always see them running around organising and running events, doing a fantastic job, yet never really hear or get to know about what they are doing,  why they do it and the fact that current volunteers are ALWAYS looking for more to join them. 


Carron Thorley has written for us an insight into the volunteering world from her experiences, answering the below questions.


Volunteering – what’s in it for you?

What made you first get into volunteering?

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

What do you least enjoy?

What does typical volunteering involve?

What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering for their club or region?


To find out what she said read more here.....


If you want to volunteer with in snowsports let your club know or your local SSE Sports Development Officer.



Soon you will be able to sign up to become a Sports Maker - A new Sport England Volunteering programme.


At A Glance

SSE Update -

New Snowlife Awards

SSE Club and Volunteer Awards

Spotlight -


Highlight of the Month - School Races

Breaking News -

British Masters Open Champs 2011

Sign up now for the Everest Challenge 2012!


Top Tips -

Running a schools race


Up and Coming in



5th - Water Ramp Traning


6th - ASCL Refresher Course



27th - 15km - CT


13th - British Artificial Moguls Competition


* = Alpine

* = Freestyle

* = Cross Country

* = Snowboarding

* = Telemark

* = Other


See Events Calender for More


Highlight of the Month...


School Races


South West School Champs Return!

After a break of a few years - the South West Schools Open Ski Championships are making a welcome return. This will be held at Gloucester Ski Centre on Saturday 24th September 2011.
The South West Schools Sub-Committee are working hard on promoting the event right now and are really hopeful that they will be able to get it back on the calendar as a regular feature.
SkiPlan, the schools ski tour operator, have agreed to promote the event to all the schools on their database and the committee are also contacting schools and clubs directly.
Full details of the event are posted on the SWSA website


CESA Schools race a sucsess.


Central England Snowsports Association held their annual regional schools race on Friday 30th July, sponsored by Decathlon, at Telford Ski Centre.


The race was successful attracting over 80 skiers from school teams from the north and south of the region with the fastest overall boys team coming from Princethorpe College, near Rugby and the fastest overall girls team coming from Solihull School.  Fastest overall male was Alasdair Thorley from Heart of England School in Balsall Common and the fastest overall female was Charlotte Shrimpton from Bridgnorth Endowed School in Shropshire.  It was a good evening of racing with lots of prizes kindly provided by Decathlon.


The next schools race will be the English Schools Ski Association regional qualifier at Stoke Ski Centre on Saturday 17 September.  Further information about school skiing can be found on the ESSKIA or Central England Snowsports Association websites.http://www.cesnowsports.org.uk/


Breaking News!!!


British Masters Open Champs 2011


The 2011 British Masters Open Champs will take place on the 25th September at the Chill Factore. 


Entry to this event is 25 and is open to all masters aged 30 and over with prize categories every 5 years.


 To find out more information and the entry form see the event flyer here.


In the run up to the event the Chill Factore will be running race training on Tuesday evenings 7 -9 pm and Sunday Mornings 7 - 9am.


Find out more on the SSE website. 


Annual Snow-Camp ski and board-a-thon needs you! Sign up now for the Everest Challenge 2012!


The challenge is designed for skiers and boarders of all levels who will seek to ride over 150km of terrain in 48 hours, including 2 night stages and of course a huge party to finish!  All funds raised will go toward Snow-Camp’s work supporting inner-city young people through skiing, snowboarding and life-skills development. (See http://www.snow-camp.org.uk/ for more details of the charities work.)




To find out more and sign up look here.



Top Tips

Running a Schools Race.


Schools races are growing in popularity at both club and regional level, and with a focus on competitive sport within schools at the moment and the national running School Games programme soon to be in full swing, there has never been a better time to organise and run a schools race event.


 There are a lot of areas to think about when organising such an event and if you have never done one before you might wonder about where to start.  So, we thought it would be a good idea to pull together a help sheet outlining the process of organising a schools race and also to give you a list of ideas to help you out.


Please have a look Running a Schools Race.


Also, Keeping Skiing on the School Radar.


Also let your local SSE Sport Development Officer know about your plans and they will be to offer you some support as will other clubs in England.


Don't Forget


Join Snowsport England on Facebook for all the latest information


2011 Coaching Conference. Taking place on the 17th/ 18th September

Book Now 






Visit the British Ski and Board Show 2011


Members of affiliated clubs will be able to access free tickets.






Contact Us....



0121 501 2314



Sports Development Officers:


Jan Doyle :- North, jan@snowsportengland.org,uk


Debbie Groom:- Central, debbie@snowsportengland.org.uk


Susie Moore:- South,