Calum Henderson Awarded the 2018/19 Snowsport Scotland Coach of the Year.

Calum Henderson recently was award the 2018/19 Snowsport Scotland Coach of the Year.

We were delighted to present Calum with the award at the Snowsport Summit held at Cairngorm Mountain in late September.

 

This was the nomination sent in to our offices:

“Callum has been instrumental in developing ski racing in the club over the last few years. He is committed and passionate and loyal to his trainees.

He has developed his own skills by undertaking the UKCP 3 course and becoming the first person to qualify through the new system. He had had to undertake numerous COD modules online, an off piste qualification at  the UKCP 3 course, complete a yearlong logbook and write training plans and camps plans. This is a serious personal and financial commitment.

He has demonstrated excellent leadership in his role as lead performance coach, managing a small team of coaches in dry slope and approximately forty trainees. He had spearheaded the clubs approach to race support at the snow dome races and has meant many many children have had extra confidence and support from himself and other coaches at these races and have had considerable success.

He is keen to help other coaches learn how to course set by getting them to shadow, set and set at races. He has mentored our club trainees through their ukcp 1 logbooks and is organised on the hill.

He is almost always the first coach on the hill and is always at the forefront of giving trainees the opportunity to get more time skiing. Many of the trainees he coaches stay in the sport because of his passion and rose to the challenge so not to disappoint him.

Over the last few years you only have to look at the podium at the races to see the number of LSR trainees celebrating success and I am certain at the Scottish championships at Hillend that this will be repeated across the age groups.

I wanted to put in a vote for Callum Henderson – he has been incredible and building the quality of coaching and range of activity covered at LSR, devoting many weekends away to dry mat races in England as well as indoor races, and using a week of his leave to take the kids on a training camp to Landgraaf. The kids really appreciate his coaching style and he has a huge work ethic – seen at the Scottish indoors with massive amount of shovelling.

I am also told the mums appreciate the work he does in a tight t-shirt showing off his muscles!”

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Photo of Callum with Robbie Clyde who is the Chair of Snowsport Scotland Board of Directors and who presented the award.

 

Membership partnership between The Ski Club & Snowsport Scotland

We are excited to announce a partnership between The Ski Club and Snowsport Scotland to expand membership across the UK and encourage more people into snowsports.

The partnership will offer joint membership of both organisations, to allow members the ability to access all the benefits offered as a member of the Ski Club and Snowsport Scotland respectively.

Snowsport Scotland is the governing body for snowsports in Scotland and works in partnership with like-minded organisations to encourage more people to get involved in snowsports and to support athletes to perform on the world stage.

As part of this new scheme, members will be offered discounted membership of the Ski Club, allowing access to unique holidays, events around the country, an extensive discounts and partner promotion programme as well as a series of magazines, news and the Club’s unique information repository. Members will also benefit from access to the Club’s well-respected Mountain Safety and Education programme. Further, members will be provided with Snowsport Scotland public liability insurance cover, discounted uplift at Scottish Mountains and access to Snowsport Scotland publications.

Trafford Wilson, Snowsport Scotland’s CEO, commented: “The Ski Club of Great Britain is a fantastic organisation and has a long history of encouraging access to the world of skiing. Our aims and objectives are clearly aligned, and we hope that as many of our members as possible take up this great offer to join the Ski Club. We at Snowsport Scotland are looking forward to helping as many people as possible to participate in snowsports, explore the Scottish mountains and in partnership with the Ski Club, make skiing and snowboarding experiences across the globe more affordable and enjoyable.”

Commenting on the partnership, Ski Club of Great Britain’s Chief Executive Ian Holt said: “We are extremely excited to launch this initiative with Snowsport Scotland. We are proud of our relationships with the UK governing bodies and have a particularly good working relationship with Snowsport Scotland. We support any initiative to introduce people to the wonderful world of the mountains and skiing. We hope that our partnership encourages even more people to get involved with Snowsport Scotland’s fantastic engagement programme, and to benefit from all that being a member of the Ski Club brings.”

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Triple Crown Nov 2019 Bailey Buchan

TripleCrown Dryslope Big Air + Quarterpipe Championship 16-17 November 2019

Snowsport Scotland Triple Crown Dryslope Big Air + Quarterpipe Championship were held last weekend at Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club.

The Crown Jam was first-up, an informal 1 hour Jam giving all riders the chance to warm-up and win some prizes with no pressure to land only to progress, go big and have fun. Stand out being Bearsden Freestyle Program athlete Fraser Jamieson coming soooo close to landing a backside double 1080 off the jump, that’s a UK first and a hint at the level!

Next up was the Under12’s Champs with the groms having 45 minutes to lap as many judged runs as they wanted to demonstrate their ability and the level was high, with front flips, back flips 540’s 7’s, 9’s and an attempt on a 1080 from Deja Parker! That’s right a nine year old spinning a 1080!!! The standard was high!

The Open Champs was next with both the Under 16’s and Open categories going head to head! The qualifications saw stiff competition with 8 Men and 4 woman from Ski and Snowboard going through to finals and what a final it was. Olivia Burke put down Switch 5’s to take the win overall and in the open for woman ski, with Abbie Harkness spinning both ways to take the win in Woman Under 16’s Ski, Sandra Caune going massive for silver and Heidi MacKay taking Bronze. In Woman’s snowboarding Abbie Greig pulled out from finals due to injury but impressed in qualification with solid technical riding to take the win.

Freeski men’s saw fierce competition with coach and athlete going head-to-head! Aberdeen Snowsports, Coach James Findlater, battling against his own athletes. James took the win in the Open Category with some newly learnt Cork 7’s. Meanwhile over in Under 16’s Arran Sangster took the win with typically solid riding, cork 9 on the jump to switch fronty on the quarter. Xander Williams claimed 2nd with a 9 on the jump to hand plant Cork 7 and Connor Sheves took bronze with cork 7 to flair.

Snowboard men was hotly contested in both Open and Under 16’s with many Snowsport Scotland riders battling for honours. In under 16’s Roahan Duncan impressed with backside 3’s on the jump to hand plant on the quarter to take bronze, Euan Rogers going upside twice with Cab-Underflip to Mctwist for Silver and Liam Tynan all the way from England taking the win with typically steely back 7’s off the jump to hand plants on the Quarter. Lastly the Open men with Fin Bremnar, GBSnowsport Park & Pipe Team, in the mix to raise the bar the level was high. Logan King impressed with his massive amplitude on the jumps putting down back 7 to hand plant for Bronze, Bearsden local lad Lewis Moore stepped up with cab900 on the jump and backflip on the quarter to take silver and Fin Bremnar fresh from injury took gold with signature massive tail grabbed Switch Backside 900’s and 540’s on the quaterpipe. He is defiantly on the mend and good luck to him competing in Langraff soon.

Big shout to all the riders, you guys killed it! Thanks to The Snowboard Asylum for the spot prizes. Bearsden Ski and Snowboard Club for hosting us and the support. And lastly thank-you very much to Neil Burke for his fantastic MC’ing on the day keeping everyone hyped!!!

This really was some of the best competitive Park & Pipe skiing and snowboarding ever to happen on UK soil!

(Main Photo Under 12 Bailey Buchan)

OVERALL RESULTS
Event Name Triple Crown U12’s Dryslope Champs
Format Open 2+2 Format Event Stats Total Ski Board
Resort Bearsden Competitors 7 5 2
Country Scotland Male 5 3 2
Date 16/11/2019 Female 2 2

Rank Bib Last Name First Name Registration
No. Ski/Board Sex Category

CATEGORY MALE BOARD
1 4 Duncan Roahan Board M U12
2 13 MurdochSam Board M U12

CATEGORY FEMALE SKI
1 7 Caune Sandra Ski F U12
2 3 PatersonAila Ski F U12

CATEGORY MALE SKI
1 20 Parker Deja Ski M U12
2 5 Buchan Bailey Ski M U12
3 12 Hynd Adam Ski M U12

Athlete’s review of the Bathgate to Airdrie cycle path that our Nordic Training Group

The Bathgate to Airdrie Railway Path is fairly accurately named. Taking in Armadale, Blackridge and Caldercruix, the path, which is part of the much longer national cycle route number 75 follows the route of the railway line between Bathgate and Airdrie. Off-road, paved and 27.3 kilometres in length, Snowsport Scotland’s Nordic Training Group set out one Saturday this October to see how much of the route they could roller ski.

The Nordic Training Group is a new initiative being run by Snowsport Scotland this year. Participants aged 12 – 16 who were not part of Nordic clubs, but engaged in other sports applied to take part in the programme. Snowsport Scotland are running 12 monthly training sessions for the group. The sessions are geared towards developing skills and fitness for cross-country ski racing.

Four members of the Nordic Training Group were joined by Snowsport Scotland’s Cross-country Skiing Pathway Coach and parent helper, Liz (on borrowed bike, which thankfully did not have a cheese grater saddle) at Bathgate Train Station to set out on their roller ski adventure.

From the station, the group had a little bit of a walk / double pole to get to Morrison’s where they were able to access the cycle path. Stopping just before Armadale for lunch, the group made their way 11.5 km to Blackridge before catching a train back to Bathgate.

Here are the group’s reviews of the trip:

“My favourite section was the big long straight stretch of smooth tarmac next to the keyhole [between Bathgate and Armadale]! I would warn people there are some big puddles and it’s very windy at some parts. The terrain was pretty flat most of the time and sometimes it was quite steep. It was very smooth!!! I think the train worked perfectly especially as it took us 3 hours whereas the train took 2 minutes.” – Fraser

“I really, really enjoyed [the route]. It was hard work but a lot of fun (type 2 fun for some of us in the sporting world). Every so often we would stop and focus on certain skills like: skate 1, stopping and balance. The terrain was useful for things like skate 1 and stopping. There were beautiful uphills and glorious downhills. Even if there was a huge pile of dog poo waiting at the bottom for the unwary.

When working on the balance exercises the path was silky smooth, Bliss. One of my favourite bits was the long section with the ‘gates’ at the bottom. This is where Jack and I decided to take a quick pit stop and cheer on the rest of the group.

Advice I would give to someone doing the route is to have a positive mindset and a pair of shoes for the walk back to the train home. This is a great route for building endurance and technique.” – Hannah

“My favourite part was the Armadale to Blackridge section. The tarmac was smooth for skiing. I think people should watch out for the mini-jungle because that was really slippy!

Some of the track was flooded and rough I would recommend the track for both [skate and classic] techniques.” – Jack

“I enjoyed the long, smooth section between Armadale and Blackridge because it is not too difficult to ski but also has a mix of uphills and downhills. The weather was good and it was not too busy, which also made the day very enjoyable.

I think people should watch out when they fall into the side of the path, especially on downhills or at high speed because there is a high risk from dog poo at the side of the path.

Other than this, I would also be careful of the leaves, especially at this time of the year, and the slippy bits at the side of the path because it can cause your ski to slip.” – Douglas

More details on the Airdrie to Bathgate Railway Path: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/airdrie-to-bathgate-railway-path/

See more of what the Nordic Training Group have been up to #SSSNordicTG

 

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 Liz Rauscher photos

Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports confirm new Instructor Training Programme

We are pleased to announce that Adventure Aberdeen Snowsports, who were appointed as a Snowsport Scotland Training Centre a few months ago, have just completed their first set of UK Snowsport instructor training courses.

Aberdeen will be running an annual instructor and coach development programme, offering UK Snowsport qualifications as an additional pathway for customers.

Beth Woodall (pictured with Iain Ramsay-Clapham of Snowsport Scotland), Senior Instructor at Aberdeen, will be managing the programme and we very much look forward to working with her as the programme is rolled out.

If you are interested in getting qualified at Aberdeen as a snowsports instructor or coach please contact the centre on 01224 810215.

CEO Bulletin – Edition IV – 14 November 2019

Parallel Lines becomes the first European Training Centre for Snowsport Scotland

John Hendry and Phil Bell are delighted to confirm their appointment as the first European Ski School to be accredited as a Snowsport Scotland Training Centre. John and Phil will be delivering a series of instructor training courses to seasonaires over the coming 19/20 winter supported by two other appointed Snowsport Scotland tutors, Angus Meldrum and Mike Bates.

We wish them well over the season and look forward to working with them to deliver the new UK Snowsport Instructor qualifications.

Glencoe welcomes new manager

Snowsport Scotland is delighted to welcome James and Katie Pitcher, who have relocated from Plymouth to Glencoe. James started his new job as Glencoe ski school manager on 13th November and comes to his post as an already appointed UK Snowsport tutor. He will, therefore, be using his extensive experience to deliver the new UK Snowsport instructor training courses at Glencoe over the coming season. See the calendar for upcoming dates!

Polmonthill Appointed as a SSS Instructor Training Centre

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Polmonthill Snowsports Centre as one of the newest Snowsport Scotland Training Centres, accredited to deliver instructor training courses.
Pictured left to right are Jamie Smith and James Clark from the centre, and Julia Miller and Fiona Maxwell from Polmonthill Ski Club. Their collaborative efforts have led to the centre’s recent accreditation.

For full information on their annual instructor training programme and opportunities to get trained and qualified, contact 01324 504835. — with Fiona MaxwellJulia Miller and Fiona Maxwell.

Stelvio October 2019

The Scottish Alpine Ski Team returned recently from a successful technical ski camp in Stelvio Italy.

This camp was planned to have 8 days skiing on the Glacier with the focus on technical Giant Slalom. The excellent conditions at the start of the camp meant that the 6 FIS and 5 U16 athletes were able to get many runs, both free skiing and in the GS courses.

This conditions allowed athletes to show great progress in their skiing and the ability to experiment with their tactics of line in a course. The end of the week saw some slalom training which added to the summer of slalom indoor training sessions athletes have experienced in Landgraf and the FIS Teams trip to South Africa earlier in the season.

As always at the time of year the weather played its part and there was a day mid-week where the hill was closed due to weather. This enabled the coaches to deliver a strength and conditioning session provided by John Coogans from the Scottish Institute of Sport to work on maintenance of their home based training without limiting their technical training the following day.

The Team also managed to find Bormios hot springs for some recovery and were able to watch some GB speed skaters taking part in international level races.

A big thanks to Niamh from Snowsport Scotland for providing support during this camp.