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
Weardale Ski Club
Midland Ski Club
Volunteer of the year 2010
Unsung Hero Award
Winners of snowball competition
Competitive club of the year 2010
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
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
For more information on the English Alpine Champs, visit the website:
Tri Regions 2010
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.