Return to Snowsports!

Since the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions on the 26th  of April, we have seen the re-opening of snowsport centres and the re-start of lots of snowsport activity! Over the past 5/6 weeks, our centres and clubs, have been working tirelessly to get their facilities back up and running, planning countless training sessions and looking forward to the season ahead!

Snowsport Scotland have been continuously working closely with sportscotland and the Scottish Government to ensure that the COVID-19 guidance and protocols are up to date and communicated and we are grateful for the cooperation and help from all our stakeholders.

It has been great for us to see the return of so much snowsport activity, and the engagement levels at training sessions and events. Some of the highlights from Snowsport Scotland over the recent weeks are:

We have seen the return of our Fife Roller Ski Club on Monday nights at the Fife cycle park and this year will be introducing ”Monthly Events” and ”Beginner Blocks”. The monthly events will be the first Monday of every month and will range from exploring the cycleways of Fife to our now annual Halloween dress up!

Our first Futures session post lockdown was held at the new freestyle slope at Midlothian Snowsports Centre; with 13 athletes attending, developing their tricks and skills in the park. We have already scheduled our next Hillend session on the 20th June and an Aberdeen Futures session on 16th June!

Our Scottish Alpine team had their first Home Nations Training Programme camp of the 2021/22 season at the sportscotland National Sports Training Centre, Inverclyde. Across the weekend 16 Scottish team athletes take part in fitness training, team building, nutrition, goal setting and preparation for the ski season ahead.

This weekend will also see the first Alpine race in nearly 15 months take place at Hillend Ski Slope; with LSR hosting the Twin Peaks race on Sunday 6th June. We can’t wait to see racers back on their skis again and hopefully the sign of things to come this season!

 

Coaching and Instructing in The Netherlands Important Notice

We are aware that as lockdowns relax and international travel becomes an option some coaches, instructors, clubs and academies may be contemplating visits to ski centres in the Netherlands.

 

As you will be aware from previous communications, the Netherlands, and consequently ski centres such as Landgraff require coaches and instructors to apply for a work permit in order to operate legally.

 

Further investigations with UWV Netherlands have indicated that no cross border agreements for employment exist and before any UK citizen would be considered for a work permit, it would need to be shown that no suitable NL, EU, EEA or Swiss person could be found to fulfil the role.

 

We have tested this with an application from a highly qualified coach and instructor who was refused a work permit on the above grounds. It therefore seems highly unlikely that a UK coach would qualify for a work permit.

 

The validity of your insurance cover is determined by whether you are operating legally. Our insurers, Bluefin insurance, have stated that “any insurance cover provided for coaching activity will become void if the activity undertaken is deemed illegal in the country concerned”.

 

Operating in any of the ski centres in the Netherlands which include:

 

  • Ruchphen
  • Zoetermeer
  • Montana
  • Snow world Amsterdam
  • Snow Dome De Uithof
  • Landgraaf
  • Terneruzen

 

without a work permit will result in your insurance cover almost certainly not being valid and as a result you will not be insured in the event of a claim.

 

Whilst we cannot prevent coaches, instructors, clubs and academies from choosing to travel to, or operating in any country, we must advise that any coach or instructors choosing to travel to the Netherlands will be running the risk of operating without insurance. This is not something any awarding body could sanction.

 

If coaches wish to apply for a work permit the process is outlined below, but an application is at this stage unlikely to succeed and would not, without the issue of a work permit allow a coach to operate legally.

 

Staff Announcement – Lachlan Veitch

STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT

 

British (and Scottish) ski team athlete, Level 2 ski coach and 4th year sports coaching student, Lachlan Veitch will be joining Snowsport Scotland to support the GB Home Nations U16 Alpine Programme.

 

As an athlete, Lachlan was a member of the British children’s ski team, competing both in British and international races. Recently, Lachlan (Guide) and Neil Simpson (Athlete) won Gold and Silver in the Para World Cup races in Leogang in the lead up to the Paralympic games.

 

During the last few seasons, Lachlan has worked with the GB Paralympic Team as a guide and has coached with numerous Scottish clubs including the Alpine Training Centre (ATC) and Glasgow Ski Racing (GSR), as both an assistant and lead coach.

 

Out with skiing, Lachlan has excelled in his sporting academic studies having previously worked at the youth pathway level for Celtic’s soccer academy as a coach. Lachlan also continues to work as a coach/educator for charitable organisations, creating pathways to sport participation for the vulnerable and people living with disabilities.

2021/22 Snowsport Scotland Membership Renewals

Our membership year is ending at the end of this month and the membership that you currently have will lapse and not be valid as of 31st May and you will need to renew for the 2021/22 season.

Our 2021/22 Membership products are now live, and you are now able to purchase your Competitor and  Coach, Leader and Instructor membership for this season. We have an early bird membership offer for both Professional and Volunteer Coach, Leader and Instructor memberships from now until the 31stAugust.

 

Professional Coach, Leader, and Instructor – £60 (£65 after 31st August 2021)

Volunteer Coach, Leader, and Instructor – £20 (£25 after 31st August 2021)

Competitor 12+ – £20 (£25 after 31st August 2021)

Competitor U12 – £10 (£15 after 31st August 2021) 

 

Link to login and renew membership:

https://sportsmanager.ie/sportlomo/users/login

 

For guidance on how to renew your membership please reference our ‘how to video’ – https://youtu.be/g_0AvbxjAT8. Please make sure that you click the ‘RENEW’ button and not ‘UPGRADE/ADD CATEGORY’ as this will create a brand-new account for you rather than renewing your current one.

 

Please also remember to double check that all your details are up to date and correct particularly:

  • Date of Birth
  • Contact email address, address and contact number
  • Photo (for online membership card)
  • Snow and Artificial Clubs
  • Competitor and/or Coaching number (check if this is the correct one that you have had in previous years and if you are a new member to check you have been assigned one)

 

If you have already recently renewed your membership, please double check that you have renewed for the 2021/22 season and not just for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.  If you have done so, please contact us at info@snowsportscotland.org and we will manually update you to the current membership year.

 

If you are struggling to access your account, please email info@snowsportscotland.org and we will look into this for you.

GB Snowsport – Cross Country Squad 2021/22

GB SNOWSPORT NAMES 12-PERSON CROSS COUNTRY SQUAD FOR 2021/22 SEASON

The 12 athletes who will represent Great Britain in Cross Country skiing for the 2021/22 season have been revealed, with James Clugnet, Andrew Musgrave, and Andrew Young heading the line-up in a three-man Elite Squad.

The Continental Cup Squad sees Gabriel Gledhill and Hamish Wolfe both move up from last season’s Performance Squad in place of the retired Nichole Bathe, while Beinn Horsfall and Joseph Rosenfeld are promoted from the Junior Squad to the Performance Squad, where they join Cameron Cruickshank and James Slimon.

Ida Ewald is a new addition to the nation’s Junior Squad, joining returning squad members Samuel Bojarski and Tristan Marshall with Molly Jefferies stepping back from the squad to focus on education commitments.

Despite a covid-disrupted 2020/21 season, GB Cross Country skiers nevertheless saw impressive results for the nation’s athletes, including Andrew Young’s Bronze in the Sprint in Davos, and a Silver in the Dresden World Cup, the best ever result for a British Cross Country athlete. Andrew Musgrave achieved the country’s best ever result in the Classic discipline with a 6th place finish in Ruka and three top-10 finishes at World Championships, while James Clugnet recorded an outstanding 8th place finish in the Davos World Cup Sprint Free.

The nation’s younger talent also made significant contributions, with Gabriel Gledhill, James Slimon and Hamish Wolfe all competing at the WJC/U23s in Vuokatti, Finland, in February. Gledhill, meanwhile, was called up to the WSC as an injury reserve gaining valuable experience at the sport’s highest levels.

Sophie Morrison, GB Snowsport Olympic Team Manager, said:

We are delighted with the progress our Cross Country Squads made last year despite the very real challenges faced by all our athletes throughout the season. Across all four of our squads we have some really talented and committed competitors, and we’re looking forward to supporting each of them to achieve more excellent results this year.”

Andrew Musgrave, GB Cross Country Elite Squad athlete, said:

Last year was a tough one for everyone in the sport, but with so many of us achieving excellent results I think we really showed what we can do as a country. One of the great things about this team is that we really drive each other on, and our results show that we’re on the right track. My finish in Ruka and World Championships results give me something to build on, and like the rest of the squad I’m super focused on getting myself into top condition for the new season.

“We all know how big this year is for British athletes in all disciplines and, as a team, we’re raring to go!”

ELITE SQUAD

James Clugnet, Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young

CONTINENTAL CUP SQUAD

Gabriel Gledhill*, Hamish Wolfe*

PERFORMANCE SQUAD

Cameron Cruickshank, Beinn Horsfall**, Joseph Rosenfeld**, James Slimon

JUNIOR SQUAD

Samuel Bojarski, Ida Ewald, Tristan Marshall

* Promoted from Performance Squad
** Promoted from Junior Squad
New Squad Member

The 2021/22 Cross Country season begins on 26 November with the Ruka World Cup in Finland.

Alpine Ski Team 2021/2022

Snowsport Scotland are pleased to announce the Scottish Alpine Ski Team as:-

GB World Cup Team

Charlie Guest

Alex Tilley

GB Europa Cup Team

Owen Vinter

Zak Vinter

GB FIS Team

Calum Langmuir

Isla Ward *

Emelia Ackerley *

FIS Team (18+)

Hannah Gray

Ciorstaidh Struthers *

Iona Ross

Holly McKey

Katie Stuart

David Christy

Euan Kick

Jonathan Marshall

Alistair Hall

Robbie Anderson

Alexandre Clarke

FIS Team (U18)

Maisie Morgan

Madison Spence

Ailsa Hay

Erin Ward

Zachary Metheringham

Gregor Munro

Ryrie Hodge

Frederick Horn

Daniel Leitch

William Lennox

Fraser Baggaley

Murdo Watson

Ryan Pye

U16 Team

Sophie Anderson

Maisie Blyth

Christina Dow **

Lewis Calder

Lewis McKey

Emerson Proctor

Ian Menzies **

Jenson Mickel **

Michael McIntosh **

Athletes Invited to Train

Adam Hay

Joe Grieve

Sebastian Ackerley

Ruaridh Blyth

Paul Marshall

 

* Promoted from 20/21

** New entrant

Due to COVID restrictions Snowsport Scotland have been unable to hold an assessment prior to 21/22 selections. Snowsport Scotland will invite all coach nominated athletes to an assessment day later in the Summer. This is likely to be August, coaches/parents will be notified of the date/format in due course.  

Futures Session – Midlothian Snowsports Centre – 22nd May

Futures Sessions are open anyone looking to get into Park & Pipe skiing and snowboarding and develop their skills, whether newbies or rippers!

During the session attendees will be taken through the Futures Awards syllabus which starts with off-slope movement development and trick fundamentals and then moves on-slope to translate their movement literacy into developing skills and tricks in the park.

After the Futures Award training, participants will then have the chance join in a coach-led fun session to rip some rails and jumps.

Min standard: Can link turns effectively, control speed and use uplift safely.

Min age: Skiers 8yrs old. Snowboarders 10yrs old.

Session size: 20 participants with 2 coaches.

Pre-booking is essential to adhere to Covid protocols – Please purchase your Eventbrite ticket now to secure your place.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/futures-session-midlothian-snowsports-centre-registration-153512825995

THERE ARE TWO TICKET PRICES:

FULL PRICE Ticket: for non-members of Snowsport Scotland or one of its registered clubs. This ticket includes a temporary membership with Snowsport Scotland for the event which includes public liability insurance cover.

DISCOUNTED MEMBER Ticket: for current Snowsport Scotland and Registered Snowsports Club members (who already have public liability insurance).

NOTE: SSS may check member purchases.

WHY NOT SAVE on future event costs and JOIN SSS FOR A YEAR?Membership starts at only £10 and will not only save you money on future event registrations but give you:-

– A full year’s public liability Insurance for snowsports in the UK and abroad

– 10% Discount on uplift day tickets at Scottish resorts

– 15% Discount at Ellis Brigham and Craigdon Edinburgh

To find out more about how to become a Snowsport Scotland member visit: https://snowsportscotland.org/join-us/

sportscotland Club Webinars – May 2021

Club Webinars

 

As our centres begin to open up and club activity starts again, we want to help our Snowsport clubs continue to develop and thrive. Working with different partners, sportscotland will be continuing to host online webinars to help support clubs over the month of May.

The topics will be based on helping clubs with communications, a follow up funding session and a supporting volunteers with returning to clubs session.

 

Please follow the links below to register.

 

Helping clubs deliver effective communications

 

What do Funders Want – Intentional change through sport & physical activity

 

Volunteer Management to support clubs

GB ALPINE SQUAD NAMED AHEAD OF 2021/22 SEASON

GB Snowsport has confirmed the 50-person squad that will represent Britain on the international race circuit for the 2021/22 season. The squad will be looking to build on last season’s excellent results, which saw the nation return a number of outstanding finishes including victories and podium positions in World Cup and Europa Cup races.

Amid a challenging year for the global snowsports circuit, GB’s Alpine programme returned some outstanding results including a third career World Cup podium for 34-year-old Dave Ryding at Adelboden in January. Charlie Guest returned a series of career-best results including a Gold in the Europa Cup Finals in Reiteralm, meaning she has now won more Europa Cup races than any other British Alpine athlete, and Billy Major was crowned Europa Cup Champion in a season which saw him moved up to the World Cup squad. Laurie Taylor, meanwhile, secured his first ever Europa Cup podium position with victory in the Slalom at Val Cenis, and Alex Tilley achieved a 17th-place finish at the Cortina World Championships, her best-ever Giant Slalom result at a World Championships.

Paul Trayner, GB Snowsport Alpine Director, said:

This is a pivotal season for Britain’s Alpine athletes, and I’m delighted that we’re in a position to name such a strong squad to represent the nation. Last year was an incredibly challenging year for everybody in our sport, but in the face of difficult circumstances British Alpine athletes showed the world that they are capable of making their mark on the biggest stages. Congratulations to all our athletes on their selection, and particularly so to the seven young skiers who feature for the first time.

World Cup squad member, Charlie Guest, said:

Despite all the challenges we faced in the last 12 months, last season was an amazing year for British Alpine skiers, and I’m really happy to have played a part in that. This is a huge year for everyone in the GB squad. Knowing how hard everyone’s training and the support that’s going into Alpine right now, I’m sure we’re going to see more brilliant results for GB over the next 12 months.

Huge Congratulations to all Scottish athletes who have been selected for the GB 2021/22 Squad

World Cup Squad
Charlie Guest
Alex Tilley
Europe Cup Squad
Zak Vinter
Owen Vinter
FIS Squad
Emelia Ackerley
Isla Ward
Calum Langmuir

Fife Roller Ski Club is back!

Our Fife Roller Ski Club (FRSC) will be starting back this coming Monday, 10 May. The club runs weekly coached sessions, which are open to all ages and abilities, focusing on developing cross-country ski skills and enjoying snowsport even when there’s no snow. This year we’re excited be introducing “Monthly Events” and also “Beginner Blocks”.

 

Our monthly events will be the first Monday of every month and will range from exploring the cycleways of Fife to our now annual Halloween dress up (this will be year 3 of inventive, helmet friendly costumes). We’ve also got silly races and training opportunities (such as equipment maintenance) pencilled in.

 

Beginner Blocks are four-week courses where we will get roller ski beginners through the basics so that they feel comfortable and competent joining the main club session or even going out roller skiing by themselves. Our first offering will kick off Monday 14 June and go through to Monday 5 July. We have two further blocks planned for August and October.

 

More info on the club, the venue and our plans for the year available in our Info pack and on our Facebook Page.

 

Sign-up for our May sessions is now available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fife-roller-ski-club-sessions-may-tickets-153284198163

Sessions are every Monday night 7-9pm at the Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly. Session costs £8 for adults, £5 for U18s/ students and equipment hire is £2. There is a 20% discount for Snowsport Scotland members. Get in touch through the club email Fiferollerski@gmail.com or our Facebook page with your membership number for the discount code!

 

Too far to drive? If you are interested in cross-country skiing, but Lochgelly isn’t within easy reach, check out what’s on offer with clubs in your local area – Cairngorm Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club, Huntly Nordic Ski Club and Arbroath Ski Club.