Gloucester Ski Centre to host historic race 40 years after first artificial ski race league was born

This October Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre will play host to a landmark event, the 40th Anniversary Summer Race League competition, marking 40 years since Gloucester played a key part in the induction of league racing on artificial ski slopes in the UK.

On Saturday 14th October over a 100 racers aged between 7 and 70 from clubs across the region will gather with the Mayor of Gloucester to take part in the annual final of oldest league competition still in operation on UK ski slopes.


Local ski coach Tony Pearson from the Western Counties Ski Club founded the league and a few years later brought up to date to cater with modern racing by Stuart Robertson from the South West Ski Association and both are very much still at the heart of the events – both as organisers and competitors.


Stuart Robertson said ahead of the event: “We can’t quite believe that it is 40 years since we worked so hard to bring ski racing to the slopes of Gloucester. Even though the slope opened in 1973, it wasn’t until 1977 when we had an updated surface suitable for racing were we able to start the league. We are proud that we played such a crucial part in forming an organised league and setting the rules that still stand today.


As a grass roots event, it is the starting block for skiers that have gone on to national and international success. Few of them would have progressed very far with their ski racing ambitions without these regular competitions in a fun and supportive environment.


“The 40th Anniversary event should prove to be another exciting day of racing at Gloucester and we are delighted that the Mayor of Gloucester will be attending to hand out the medals at the end of the racing. We are also looking forward to hosting local councillor Jan Lugg who will help us celebrate this landmark year for the ski racing in the UK.” 


Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre continues to be able to boast the longest slope in the UK and is a hub both for alpine ski racing and the newer freestyle disciplines. The Centre is fully committed to supporting the Summer Race League events and intends to ensure that this race series continues to thrive and progress along with the sport so that 50, 60 and 100 years of the league can be celebrated in the future.


For more information about the event call Stuart on 07702 044532. Media are invited to attend to the event and interviews will be available for Stuart Robertson and Tony Pearson.

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