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Nordic Ski Racing

Nordic or cross-country skiing is the winter equivalent of running, jogging, or walking on snow. As a sport it is fast and exciting, as a leisure activity it is pursued for fitness or for touring across snowy terrain. Skis can be made for speed- light and long, boots attached at the toe only, with the athlete wearing a lycra race suit. Or skis can come with metal edges, beefy bindings (still with the boot attached just at the toe to allow walking), and the skier now wearing full mountain kit for days in the hills.

With extensive snow cover it can seem that the whole of Scotland is ideal for cross-country skiing. Tracks are cut in the forests of Glenmore and Clashindarroch and athletes can train on home snow. The cut-tracks allow classic techniques (diagonal stride, double pole) to be used and the pisted trail beside them is suitable for free technique (skating). Join one of the Cross Country (Nordic) Ski Clubs and you can gain access to kit, coaching and knowledge!

When winter skis are stored away it is time for roller skiing. Similar techniques as winter can be practiced on tarmac with closed loops of paths at Huntly and Glenmore and many other suitable areas.

Roller ski racing is a great summer activity with a Scottish Race Series of 6 races including two up Cairngorm Ski Road. Winter races take place in both Clashindarroch and Glenmore as snowfall allows.

With the success of Scottish athletes in international cross-country ski racing, and with such wonderful areas to practice the discipline, whether for sport or leisure, there has never been a better time to get involved in a Scottish Nordic Ski Club.

Cross-country skiing is great if you live in a small country,”

-Steven Wright

 

Nordic Ski Racing Overview

 

Information coming soon

Development and Performance Pathway
 
 

British Nordic Development Squad

British Nordic Development Squad (BNDS) has an agreement in place with the British Ski & Snowboard (BSS) and the Snowsports Home Nations to allow BNDS to run the British Nordic Ski Team Pathway Programme on their behalf. In addition, BNDS also runs the Elite Programme on behalf of BSS, the National Governing Body for performance snowsports in the UK.

Currently, Snowsport Scotland (or any other UK Home Nation Governing Body) does not have a Cross Country team or squad.

British Nordic Development Squad

As mentioned the British Nordic Development Squad (BNDS) manages the British Nordic Pathway including the squads above as well as the Development group.  The Development Group is for new members of the squad and those continuing with the squad but below the age for the Youth group.  Typically the youngest entrants would enter the Development Group aged 11 or 12 but it is possible to join later.  There are a variety of routes of entry to BNDS. Normally, UK based athletes would be highlighted to BNDS from the regional clubs by the club’s coach. However, skiers without a club may be put in contact via a coach that instructs them at a training event, or through a direct approach to BNDS from the athlete or a parent. British skiers, based overseas, may also be proposed by their club coach or make an direct approach; for example, a parent making contact with the squad.

Most new skiers will be invited to attend a training camp to allow a BNDS coach to assess them and, most importantly, for the young athlete to decide whether they wish to continue with BNDS.

Selection for BSS Teams and Squads

Full details can be found at Team BSS 

GB Nordic Elite Squad

Athletes will be considered for selection if they gain the following in the previous 12 months:
  • Men = 85 Sprint or 87 Distance FIS points or better in one event
  • Women = 91 Sprint or 97 Distance FIS points or better in one event.
  • Squad athletes should have the potential to achieve Olympic qualification.

GB Nordic Youth Squad

The Youth squad aim is to develop experience in racing on snow, so the focus will be to take part in European races.  Entry to the Youth Squad will generally be at 15-16 years of age, the time when young athletes will become eligible to enter International Ski Federation (FIS) races.  Athletes can be considered for selection if they meet separately issued run and strength standards, and demonstrate appropriate technical skills.

GB Nordic Junior Squad

The Junior Squad will be aiming to be selected for the World Junior Championships.  Athletes under 20 years of age can be considered for selection if they obtain 260 FIS points (men) or 270 FIS points (women) in one event in the previous 12 months. All athletes must also achieve separately issued run and strength standards.

GB Nordic Senior Squad

Athletes who have gained 200 FIS points in one event in the previous 12 months will be considered for selection. Athletes who have not met the standard in the previous 12 months may be invited to train with the squad.

GB Nordic Performance Squad

Athletes who have gained 120 FIS points or better in one Distance or Sprint event in the previous 12 months will be considered for selection.
 

GB Nordic Elite Squad

Athletes will be considered for selection if they gain the following in the previous 12 months:
  • Men = 85 Sprint or 87 Distance FIS points or better in one event
  • Women = 91 Sprint or 97 Distance FIS points or better in one event.
  • Squad athletes should have the potential to achieve Olympic qualification.

Coaches Support & Staff

The group of coaches is led by the Head Coach, Roy Young, who is the coach of the GB national team and appointed by the governing body. He is assisted by a Pathway Coach and Apprentice Coach who are responsible for training the Youth and Junior squad athletes, as well as monitoring the development of the younger athletes along the Pathway. The Pathway Coach also works closely with a cadre of experienced coaches who are part-time or full time instructors and some have international racing experience as athletes themselves.

To reduce costs, training camps are organised and supported by the parents of athletes. All coaches and parent helpers are CRB checked in accordance with the BNDS and national governing body policies and monitored by the BNDS Child Protection Officer

For more details please contact:

British Team Head Coach -  Roy young 

BSS Nordic Chairman - George Gabriel

BNDS Chairman - Richard Newman

SSS Apprentice Coach - Alex Standen 

BNDS Pathway Coach - Carl Carrier