Get Competitive

So you have caught the snowsports bug?

Joining your local ski club at a dry or indoor slope is probably your best starting point, and if you like it you can get involved in race training and club events, and then when you are ready enter some local or even national races.

You know you love it and want to do more? You may have seen ski racing on the TV or snowboarding on the web and would love to do what they do?

Well if you have got the appetite, there is nothing stopping you taking your skiing or snowboarding to the next level and getting involved in the competitive side of the sport. You never know, you could be the next British Olympic superstar!

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Find out how you can get involved on the Go Ski Go Board website!

 

Get Competitive

Snowsport England and the Snowsport England regions run a number of events through the spring, summer and autumn so you can get racing without having to head to the mountains!

 

Regional Races: These are a great way to get started in the sport of alpine racing. These are slalom races with occasional dual slaloms and they are suited to all ages! If you want to start your career, make some new friends or get back into racing then find your region here https://snowsportengland.org.uk/regions and look for what races are going on in your area. If you aren’t already a member of a club then joining a club is a great way to get moving in alpine racing. You can find a list of clubs here https://snowsportengland.org.uk/find_club

Club Nationals: Club nationals act as the gateway to alpine ski racing. Organised by volunteer-run clubs, they're incredibly fun days of ski racing, giving young and old skiers the chance to experience ski racing for the first or hundred and first time. If you enjoy taking part in the club national races, then the next step would be to enter the regional races and the GBR Series.

GBR Series:  A great stepping stone for ski racers looking to progress their skills is through the nationwide GBR Series. Each year, the GBR Series involves 10 ski races - 5 taking place on dry slopes and 5 taking place at indoor snowdomes. This gives young performers the chance to hone their skills on both surfaces, whilst racing alongside some of the best ski racers in the UK.

The series is partnered with the British Ski Academy and involves Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales and Snowsport Scotland, and if you'd like to follow the race series and find out more information, visit the Facebook page here.

English Alpine Championships: The English Alpine Champs is the pinnacle event on the UK alpine ski racing calendar, with over 400 competitors battling it out in Slalom, Giant Slalom and  Super Giant Slalom in the beautiful Italian resort of Bormio. To find out more on the English Alpine Champs, please click here.

 

 

To compete in Club Nationals and the GBR Series you need to be registered as a competitor with your Home Nation.

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Click here to view the full race calendar

There are a small number of clubs focussing on these exciting disciplines. Contact us for more information. Snowsport England runs the English Indoor Ski & Snowboard Cross Championships every spring (add link to book). Don’t forget, the BRITS also run the British Ski and Snowboard Cross Championships in Laax https://www.the-brits.com/.

Please click here to enter the English Ski & Snowboard Cross Champs

If you want to start your journey in Park & Pipe then contact your local facility/club to see what options they have. Many slopes have excellent freestyle parks and you will find these a great way to progress your riding. There are a number of competitions all over England - you can find a list of them below. Snowsport England runs the English Slopestyle Championships in the spring of every year.

The BRITS (Indoor) takes place in October and the BRITS https://www.the-brits.com/ takes place in Laax, Switzerland towards the end of the winter.

Championship Ski and Snowboard is a great way to get started on the competitive side of Park & Pipe www.cssleague.co.uk

 

2018 Calendar of Events

Date Competition Location Details & Entry
1st-8th April The Brits Laax Click Here
5th May Ski-X / Board-X 2018 Norfolk Click Here
5th May K-Jam Kendle Click here
12th May Wicked Sisters - Girls only! Norfolk Click Here
19th May English Slopestyle Champs Castleford Click here
27th May Dorset Summer Jam Warmwell Click here
23rd June Go Big or Go Home Bearsden Click here
23rd June English Ski & Snowboard Cross Champs Castleford Click here
1st September Farmers Jam Norfolk Click here
10th November Oatcake Jam Kidsgrove Click here
Tbc British Indoor Champs Tbc  
       

If you want your event listed above, please email us.

*Please note - not all the events listed above are ran by Snowsport England and we aren't responsible for the content on their pages.

Talent Pathway

 

Andrew Musgrave

 

The pathway programmes are designed to give young athletes the chance to progress to the highest levels in Cross-Country Skiing.

 

 

 

 

 

Young athletes and anyone interested in trying out the sport of Cross-Country Skiing should first of all contact their local club to try the sport and learn the basics.  SSE affiliated Cross-Country ski clubs will provide basic tuition and club outings.  Later, young athletes could progress to the British Nordic Development Squad .

 

Athletes who commit to the pathway and continue to meet benchmarks specified by the BNDS lead coach will then graduate to the Youth and Junior squads, at which point they will compete in their first international FIS competitions. These athletes compete at international level across Europe and Scandinavia as well as attend World Junior Championships, European and World Youth Olympics.  See teambss.org.uk

Fiona Hughes

The final step on the pathway is the senior team, which is divided into three groups (Senior, Performance and Elite) based on results.  Athletes at this level compete in Continental and World Cup events as well as World U23 Championships and the Winter Olympic Games. The elite squad is made up of the athletes who are challenging for places at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

 

Talent Pathway

Roller Skiing was originally developed as a way for Cross-Country skiers to train during the summer.  It’s now considered a sport in its own right, with races held internationally and in the UK.

 

 

 

Roller Skiing is seen as an important part of the development pathway for aspiring Cross-Country skiers in the UK, as seen in the pathway below.  

 

Many SSE clubs offer introductory sessions and SSE also run 3 coaching weekends throughout the summer, which welcome beginners.  

 

Athletes can then progress on to the British Nordic Development Squad and will continue to use Roller Skiing as a training tool alongside Cross-Country Skiing.

 

In the UK there is a thriving Roller Ski series (http://www.gb-raceroll.org.uk) held across the country each summer.  

 

The races take place at numerous venues around the country hosted by several SSE clubs.

 

Prizes are awarded in age categories at each race as well as the overall series winner.

(All Photos - Mary Wray)

Interest in Telemark racing has grown steadily over the last few years due both to the evolution in the equipment and to the increase in indoor snow centres.

The equipment has evolved enormously and in many ways has almost morphed into Alpine gear so that most Alpine racers can easily make the transition to Telemark.

Over the last few years the BSS in conjunction with the SSE Telemark Development Committee have run a series of races called The British Indoor Telemark Race Series and they are held during the summer at four indoor snow centres - Manchester, Tamworth, Glasgow and Hemel Hempstead.  Most of these are weekend events and the races are preceded with Telemark Festivals where the country's top Telemark coaches are on hand to give instruction for beginners to experts.

Photo: Chris Stewart

The races are known as Classic Sprints and consist of a GS slalom course which has a jump at halfway and a short skating section up the slope to the finish.  It's a real test of several skiing skills.  Points for individuals and for teams are accumulated over the series and prizes awarded in the usual age categories.  Successful racers can progress to

 

 

The British Telemark Championships are held annually in the Alps in January http://www.awsa.org.uk/telemark/

 

 Photo: Jaz Taylor

 
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