ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 16th December 2008

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 16th December 2008

Dear All,

We're winding down for this year, but very much thinking ahead to 2009. In terms of snow, there's been an astonishingly good start to the season across Europe. There are reports of almost too much snow in some resorts, with piste machines struggling to control it. All of which bodes well for the next few months.

This autumn it's been great to introduce so many people to rollerskiing, and we hope to keep it going in January and February. These are exciting times in the British cross-country skiing, both in terms of participation and also at the highest level - read on for news of the GB World Cup team. Our last rollerski club session and classes of the year are this Saturday, and our courses resume in 2009. We look forward to seeing you then.

NEW YEAR COURSES
Dorney - Sunday 11 January & 1 February
Full day booking: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html
Part day booking: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html

Hyde Park - 6-week course starting Saturday 11 January
To book: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events7.html

Hyde Park -
4-week skating courses: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events2.html
4-week classic courses: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events1.html

SKI MARATHON CALENDAR 2009
Now updated and online @ http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf003.html

SHOP AVAILABILITY
We've just had shipments of Marwe rollerskis, Salomon boots and bindings and Powerslide kneepads, so have pretty much our full range in stock. We will be sending out orders all this week, then close for the Christmas period.

New to the lineup are Swenor Rollerski bags - see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buyaccessories.html - and we have plenty of rollerski Gift Vouchers, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/giftvouchers.html (for present ideas).

SNOW ALREADY
Across Europe, it's looking good -
SEEFELD: http://www.seefeld.com/en/webcam/index.php
NORDESETER, LILLEHAMMER: http://www.nordseter.no/eng_mal_vaer_kamera.asp?ID=22
ST MORITZ: http://www.stmoritz.ch/livecam-002-030101-en.htm
DOBIACCO: http://www.meteowebcam.it/1182/webcam-dobbiaco.html

AUSTRIA TRIP 2009
We look forward to seeing many rollerskiers on snow this season - half the 24 places on our trip to Seefeld have been booked, and if you would like to join us, please book up soon! We can offer some great skiing and first rate instruction from our coaching team.
There are more details at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/cross.html

LIVIGNO SUCCESS FOR MARY WRAY
It's always good to know your instructors can actually ski on snow. Mary Wray, who was 3rd in the Skate Vasaloppet last year, finished the 40k Sgambeda ski marathon last weekend in a time of 3hrs 34mins, knocking 30 minutes off her time from last year.

Mary was joined by a 30 strong team from the London Region Nordic Ski Club, whose (newly re-launched) website is http://www.londonnordic.org.uk

GB WORLD CUP XC SKIING
19 year old 'Gap Year Kid', Andrew Musgrave, continues to make progress in the FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup. You can read more at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx032.html

There's also an article on Andrew in the latest edition of the Winning Zone, see http://www.inthewinningzone.com/wz/Magazine/December-2008/And-you-thinks-it-s-cold-at-home-/386/

CLUB PLANS
The coaches are putting together plans for the club sessions in 2009. With numbers growing and everyone improving, the challenge is to keep the standards rising. We have experimented with Saturday AM sessions in Richmond Park, and intend to add 2 Richmond sessions a month in the New Year. If you have any other ideas for the club, let me know. More information on the club can be found at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/club.html

YOUTUBE VIDEOS
There is no shortage of good / entertaining rollerski videos YouTube. In particular I'd take a look at the following:
RACING - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns033.html
ROLLERSKI BIATHLON - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sDpVFwNTRmk
HOW NOT TO GET BEGINNERS R'SKIING - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=zRI8SuUJvOg

THANKS TO COACHES
Over the year it has taken a great team effort to put on all the rollerski sessions, and I'd like to thank everyone involved in the coaching - Dagmar Junghanns, Ekaterina Rachel, Karolina Bicova, Laura Long, Mary Wray, Yvonne Jacobs, Adam Guzda, Adam Pinney, Alan Eason, Chris Richards, Eric Woolley, Gerard Evans, Yevgeniy Gorbenko and Ivan Gorbenko.

We hope you've enjoyed all enjoyed teaching you this year, and look forward to seeing you again in 2009,

Best regards,
Iain

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Iain Ballentine
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Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop
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W: http://www.rollerski.co.uk

E: iain@rollerski.co.uk
M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

Rollerski Packages - get rollerskiing -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buypackages.html

Rollerski Club - action pictures -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery21.html

Join us on snow - Seefeld 2009 -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/cross.html

Rollerski courses coming up -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html

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The Rollerski Co & Rollerski Instruction 2008
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