February 2014

Welcome to the Snowsport England 2014 February bulletin

As always we hope you enjoy reading our latest news and looking forward to the exciting few weeks ahead in the run up to Bormio English Alpine Champs and of course the start of SOCHI 2014!

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After an unseasonably warm January, winter has returned to Austria. Senior Tutor, Richard Barbour, captured these pictures in the Ski Welt area where we run the personal performance and Development Coaches courses in March. Richard went to The Europa Cup slalom at Kirchberg and spent time enjoying the powder and checking-out the training runs ready for the courses. There’s a limited number of spaces left on the personal performance and Level 3 Coaches courses.
To book contact Julia Parker on 01509 232323 or email


Snowsport England’s Slide2Sochi snowball
The last four months have seen hundreds of people sign Snowsport England’s Slide2Sochi snowball with good luck messages to the skiers and snowboarders who will make up Team GB for the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The Slide2Sochi snowball has now been presented to the athletes, represented by Murray Buchan, Rowan Cheshire, Katie Summerhayes, James Machon and Ben Kilner just days after their selection to Team GB (See attached photo).

The snowball has been touring the country with the Slide2Sochi roadshows, which have so far visited 20 indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes from Pendle to Southampton. Thousands of people have attended the Slide2Sochi roadshows, a Snowsport England initiative, with hundreds of people trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time as part of the GO SKI GO BOARD ‘TRY’ skiing or snowboarding sessions.

There are three remaining Slide2Sochi roadshows; on the 6th February at the John Nike Ski Slope in Bracknell, Silksworth Ski in Sunderland on 15th February and Snowtrax in Dorset on 16th February. The Slide2Sochi roadshows are aimed at getting people excited and engaged in snowsports in the lead up to, during and after the Winter Olympics, and showing them how easy it is to get involved in the snowsports.

For more information on GO SKI GO BOARD and information on the remaining Slide2Sochi roadshows visit and

Team Photo Released as First Team GB Athletes Arrive in Olympic Athletes Village in Sochi

In celebration of the first athletes arriving into the Olympic Village this week, Team GB have released a celebratory group photo of the athletes, courtesy of Getty Images.

The image includes 50 of the 56 athletes, with the exception of 4 ski and snowboard athletes - James Woods, Aimee Fuller, Billy Morgan and Zoe Gillings - who were unable to go through kitting out due to their X Games invitations.

The Opening Ceremony of the Games is Friday 7th. Show your support for Team GB and Team BSS on the final countdown.

CLUBS AND FACILITIES... please do remember to  check your details and links on the club and slope finder on the SSE website and also GSGB deliverers make sure you have courses up and advertised on the GSGB site ready for enquiries we hope you receive as a result of the Olympic Winter Games! GSGB Deliverers please contact your Snowsport England Development officer if you require assistance and clubs and slopes please forward any updates or changes for the SSE Club and Slope finder to

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