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How to get started

New to Racing – How to get started

This can seem quite a daunting task. You may have seen ski racing on television or at a ski resort while on holiday and have wondered how on earth you can do that too? Well hopefully after reading this you will have gained some insight on where to go and how to go about it. It aims to show you where to go to get the experience and get you to the next level.

There are two initial paths to racing:

  1. through your local Snowsports club or,
  2. through your school if it is a member of the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA)

There are currently 16 ski clubs in the Snowsport South region:

  • Aldershot
  • Aldershot Senior
  • Berkshire Race Squad
  • Bowles
  • Breakaway
  • Bromley
  • Chatham
  • Folkestone
  • Medley
  • Sandown Park
  • SASA
  • Snowtrax
  • Southampton Alpine
  • Surbiton High
  • Thornden School
  • Wycombe

 

The first step is to join up at your nearest ski club where you will be assessed before being invited to join the race team. The basic requirement is that you should be able to make linked snowplough turns and are able to get on a ski lift unaided. Talk to the Coaches or Race Managers and other parents, all will be useful sources of information.

You will be required to attend regular training sessions at the club and then you will be able to participate in the SRSA Summer League races all held at the following Southern Region ski centres; Aldershot, Bowles, Bromley, Snowtrax and Southampton.

The Summer League races usually run between April/May to October and are usually held on Sundays. Prizes are awarded to the different age categories at each race and overall winners and clubs at the end of the season. The season culminates in the SRSA Championships at the end of the summer where further prizes are awarded to racers and clubs. Some clubs also run their own Championships open to members.

The local ski club is the starting point, the grass roots of all ski racing. As your skiing skills develop there are further pathways to racing – the National and Grand Prix Series, International Races (FIS), National Teams (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland) and even the GB Squad and the ultimate, the GB Olympic team!!!

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