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The Telemark turn is the original and oldest way to turn skis.

Up to about 1850, skiing was a means of transport.  A way of getting from A to B both uphill and downhill in winter. The skis were made of wood and the leather boots bound to the skis with birch roots.

Watch the 3rd Outdoor Race of the British Ski Academy GBR Series 2018 LIVE!

We've been attending a lot of races this season, and live-streaming them worldwide though our Facebook page to thousands of viewers. This weekend we're at Pontypool for the 3rd installment of the British Ski Academy GBR Series - and you can tune in to watch the race live at 10.30 am on Saturday 30th June.

English Ski & Snowboard Championships 2018

The English Ski and Snowboard Cross Championships celebrated it’s 6th anniversary in style on Saturday at Snozone, Castleford. With one of the largest fields in the history of the event, athletes took to the snow to tackle to expertly built course and battle for the medals.

Ski Race MK Club National Race Report

Words by Joseph Thompson, U16 Dryslope Ambassador


The SMK Club National took place at Snozone, Milton Keynes, on Sunday 10 June 2018.  It was an early start for more than 130 racers from across the country who came to race for some rather magnificent trophies.  The U10/12s race consisted of two runs down the same slalom course, while the U14s and above skied two runs on two different slalom courses.

Gloucester Club National Race Report

Written by Craig Speed, U21 Dry slope Ambassador

Full-time Ski Instructor Wanted

Location: Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre, Essex, UK

Brentwood Park Ski & Snowboard Centre is looking for a qualified Ski Instructor to join them in preparation for next season 2018/19. We are an outdoor all weather dry ski slope and so our season is all year round, hence we are looking for somebody to join us in a permanent full time capacity from August 2018.

You must be a minimum of Alpine level 1; Ideally having completed your 35 hours additional Snowsport School experience preferably through direct teaching.

Basingstoke Bullet signs head sponsor

In a joint agreement with the British Ski Academy (BSA) and its principal sponsor, Artemis Investment Management, Laurie Taylor (age 22) will promote Artemis on personal head gear on the 2018/2019 FIS Alpine World Cup tour. Laurie trained with the BSA from 2008 to 2016 before joining the Delancey British Alpine Ski Team and has now been announced as a member of the full-time World Cup squad with fellow slalom Olympian Dave Ryding. Laurie's personal sponsorship forms part of an on-going relationship with his old club. 

Birthday Honours: MBEs for Jess Fishlock and Menna Fitzpatrick

Gold medal-winning Winter Paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick and footballer Jess Fishlock are among the Welsh names on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Skier Fitzpatrick, 20, became Britain's most successful Winter Paralympian this year and Fishlock became the first footballer to win 100 caps for Wales.

They are both MBEs, alongside former Wales rugby player Dai Morris.

A tribute to Lloyd Bowen

Words by John Shedden

I was sad to report to this year’s AGM that one of our previous Presidents had passed away on the 22nd February this year 2018. 

Bryan Lloyd Bowen was President of ESC in the mid nineteen eighties, which were both turbulent and exciting times in the development of snowsports in England and the UK.  As we no longer have Presidents, his equivalent role today would be as Chairman of the Board of SSE.

Chair's Award presented at Snowsport England AGM 2018

This week the 38th Snowsport England AGM took place in Loughborough, and part of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of Chair Awards.

This year, Mary and Peter Calvert were presented the Chair Awards as recognition for their hard work in the sport, that they've been involved in for around 20 years. Peter effectively retired from racing almost 10 years ago, but they still contribute an enormous amount to the sport regionally and nationally.


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