SSS CEO Post Now Open

Snowsport Scotland is currently looking for a new person to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer and lead the organisation into the next Olympic cycle.

There has never been a better time to be part of Snowsport Scotland, which over the past four years has achieved significant success in growing our membership and establishing performance programmes that are supporting more and more athletes to compete on the world stage.

Snowsport Scotland currently employs a team of 16 staff, including 10 dedicated coaching posts. The organisation is proudly represented by 10,000 members and across its 6 performance programmes supports over 75 Scottish athletes striving to compete at Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

With our new 4 year strategy from 2022-2026 being completed in the coming months, this provides an excellent opportunity for a new CEO to contribute to and shape our vision for the next four years, to further drive forward the development of snowsports in Scotland.

This exciting leadership role will provide the right candidate with a fantastic opportunity to lead a highly motivated team, working alongside an engaged Board of Directors and across the whole snowsports sector in Scotland. This role would suit an experienced sports administrator, but equally we are interested to receive applications from ambitious young leaders who can demonstrate that they have the skills and experience to step up to a CEO role in a growing Scottish Governing Body of Sport.

To download a full job description click here

To apply please send a completed resume (including two references) and covering letter to ceo@snowsportscotland.org

Applications should also detail what notice period candidates would need to provide.

Informal enquires should be directed to Trafford Wilson, Chief Executive: 07900 804 903 or Robbie Clyde, Board Chair: rclyde@gmail.com

Closing date for applications:   Friday 6th May 2022   

Interviews will be held on:         Tuesday 17th or Thursday 18th May 2022

Trafford Wilson Moving On

Snowsport Scotland announced today that Trafford Wilson has resigned from his post as Chief Executive Officer.

Robbie Clyde, Chair of Snowsport Scotland said, ‘While it is with obvious disappointment that we are losing Trafford, he leaves the organisation with our best wishes and support as he moves on to a great opportunity to further develop his career. Both I and the whole Board have enjoyed working with Trafford over the last four years, during which time Snowsport Scotland has developed and grown significantly as a governing body with a clear purpose and leadership across the Scottish snowsports community and industry”.

Trafford Wilson said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 4 years working at Snowsport Scotland and am proud of the many achievements reached during this time. As CEO, I have been fortunate to work with a highly capable and enthusiastic Board and team, who I have no doubt will continue to take snowsports from strength to strength. I wish to personally thank Robbie Clyde for his leadership and guidance, and the Board, staff and wider snowsports community for their support during my tenure”.

The Board of Directors will immediately commence the process to appoint a new CEO, with further information to be made available in the coming days. Clyde continued, ‘With our new 4 year strategy from 2022-2026 being completed in the coming months, this provides an excellent opportunity for a new CEO to contribute to and shape our vision for the next four years, and working with our excellent team at Snowsport Scotland to further drive forward the development of snowsports in Scotland.’

Informal enquires should be directed to Robbie Clyde, Chair at rclyde@gmail.com

Robbie Clyde

Snowsport Scotland Chair

eola GBR Series 2022

The eola GBR Series returns in 2022 with a full list of indoor and outdoor races, with the first one taking place at the end of April.

The outdoor races will kick off with a double weekend at Llandudno Ski Centre on Saturday 30th and Sunday, 31st April, with the start of the indoor races taking place the following weekend at Chill Factore on Saturday, 7th May and Sunday, 8th May.

This is the second year in which the Series will be supported by booking and management system providers eola (https://business.eola.co/).Following a successful first year partnership in 2021, eola remain the headline sponsors of the Series in the upcoming summer.

The eola GBR Series will bring the highest level of ski racing on UK artificial slopes during five races at outdoor facilities and five on indoor snow.

The races will feature some of the UK’s most promising skiers, giving them a chance to participate in regular ski races at exceptional standard across most age groups – from under-10 through to masters.

All events are sanctioned by the Home Nations Governing Bodies with Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales, all hosting races meaning races will be running across the country.

Following the opening races at Llandudno and Chill Factore in Manchester, the series will visit Hillend, Braehead, The Hill in Rossendale and Pendle Ski Club.

Snowsport England CEO Tim Fawke said: “It is great to be planning a full eola GBR series and looking forward to seeing the racing across the UK. It is fantastic to have eola back as our headline sponsor for the eola GBR Series. They were a fantastic support last year for the series and attended all the events and will be back again this year.”

Callum Hemsley, CEO eola, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring another year of the eola GBR series. Working with these three fantastic organisations to provide opportunities for competition and participation around the UK is something we are incredibly proud of.

“We strive to help increase participation opportunities for people across the UK and beyond.

“Seeing so many individuals take part is amazing and we cannot wait to cheer all the competitors on at this year’s races.”

Glencoe’s 10th year of Coe Cup

This weekend Glencoe will host it’s annual Freeride competition, the Coe Cup, for what is it’s 10th anniversary event.

First setup as a qualifying event for the Freeride World Tour back in 2012 the Coe Cup remains the most prestigious of Scotland’s freeride events, being the ultimate leg in the annual British Freeride “SCOTTISH FREEDOM SERIES”, that also offers freeride events at both the Lawers and Nevis Ranges.

Following a successful event at Nevis on the 12th March, the 10th Anniversary Coe Cup looks set to offer competitors great conditions for the final series weekend, with the senior (18+) championships taking place on Saturday and the Junior Coe Cup planned for Sunday.

For anyone keen to find out more about this exciting and spectacular discipline use these links:-

The Scottish Freedom Series

The Junior Coe Cup 

Anti-Doping Updates for Snowsports

Snowsport Scotland has been busy undertaking changes and improving what we do to educate our community on Anti-Doping best practice and policy, with help from UKAD (UK Anti-Doping). Below is a short summary of what we have done over the past 12 months to support our community and protect #cleansport.

2021-22

  • All national programme athletes are taken through Clean Sport training, supported by the Scottish Institute of Sport
  • Incorporated a dedicated UKAD area on the Snowsport Scotland website: Clean Sport – Snowsport Scotland
  • Joined the Clean Sport App and promoted to all athletes and members. You can download on the IOS app store here and the Android store here
  • Snowsport Scotland will regularly promote clean sport through its 2022-23 communication strategy

We continue to work with UKAD to better ourselves and to keep the sport of snowsports at the highest standard that our participants have come to expect. If you have any questions please contact our Anti-Doping Lead: Trafford Wilson at ceo@snowsportscotland.org

Arnie Wilson visits Glenshee in Scotland

Photo credit: Helly Hansen and Ed Smith

 

Arnie Wilson visits Glenshee in Scotland

 

Rather than fly from Gatwick to Edinburgh, I opted to go to Glenshee by train via Perth just so I could gently – and slowly – relish the prospect of drifting ever north towards the long-ago memories I had of the beautiful peaks in the Cairngorms National Park.

Even having enjoyed most of the ski resorts in the Alps and the Rockies, I have always been a huge fan of Scotland’s bonny peaks in five ski areas which can look pretty impressive both in shape and size. And with lingering Covid restrictions of one kind or another, what a perfect time to chuff-chuff my way to revisit them.

OK, From Haywards Heath, West Sussex to Perth (via Kings Cross) is 498 miles (not quite as far as Perth, Australia to Sydney – 3,933 miles) but en route you get wonderful views of York, Berwick-on-Tweed and Edinburgh.

I was a guest of Helly Hansen, the Norwegian clothing and sports equipment manufacturer and the “HH” logo on my ski jacket was a pleasant reminder of my “HH” origins, which has long been my shorthand for my home in Haywards Heath!

A final taxi journey of less than an hour from Perth got me to the delightful Dalmunzie Castle, a delightful quintessential former Laird’s (Scottish landowner’s) mansion, turreted in Scots Baronial style standing proudly at the head of a 6500-acre estate dating back to 1510.

Nestled in the heart of Glenshee, the hotel is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful mountains, glens and little rivers – yet less than two hours from Edinburgh airport.

Even Queen Victoria was impressed during a visit in 1848, en route to Balmoral! “It was so calm and so solitary” she wrote in her diary. “It all seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils.”

 

Martin Bell, the ski racer who competed in four Winter Olympics and managed a very creditable eighth place in the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary – the best result for a male skier from the UK in Olympic history – spent many of his formative skiing years along with his brother Graham (five Olympics) in Scotland.

“I skied there for about eight years” he says – “roughly from age eight to 16. 

“We mainly trained at Cairngorm, located at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.”

Cairngorm, which has been welcoming skiers since the 1960s, has 30km of pisted runs, 11 surface lifts, good freestyle terrain and on-site equipment rental.

It’s close to the popular Highland resort town of Aviemore which offers plenty of accommodation and dining options. But the Bells skiing was caravan based!

“We parked at Loch Morlich campsite for the winter” says Bell. “We lived in Edinburgh and we went north every weekend to ski. We also went to Glenshee and Glencoe often for races. The Lecht and Nevis Range areas had not yet been built at that time.

“Over the course of a winter there you can get some pretty grim weather but always some excellent days too.”

Over in Glenshee, the ski terrain reaches the not inconsiderable altitude of 3,504 ft. From invitingly easy to the surprisingly steep, the UK’s premier ski centre, with the largest lift system (22 all told) serving 36 trails across three valleys and four mountains, offers the most extensive skiing and snowboarding in Scotland. Steeps and glades, pisted and un-pisted, open bowls and narrow gullies. No matter your ability, Glenshee’s mountains have something for every skier and snowboarder, from wide-open pistes in Thunderbowl and sheltered expanses over the back at Coire Fionn and Glas Maol, to the bumps, jumps and natural half-pipe of Meall Odhar to the testing Slalom Race Track at Cairnwell.

Experienced skiers can test their skills on two black runs: the celebrated mogul- strewn Tiger run and the run on the left-hand face of Glas Maol.

Thanks to HH, I and my fellow skiers were well protected from the chilly and sometimes sleeting Cairngorms early-March weather, but feeling snug meant we could make the most of some great slopes and not get too chilly on the various drag-lifts in the resort’s three valleys. And members of the excellent and professional Glenshee Ski Patrol were always on hand just in case!

Yes, it was great to be back on Scotland’s stirring and scenic slopes!

 

Click here to visit Glenshee website for more information

Click here for Visit Scotland/Glenshee

 

Arnie Wilson is the former Financial Times Ski Correspondent and former editor of the Ski Club of Great Britain’s magazine, Ski+board. In 1994 he skied for 365 consecutive days in the FT Round The World Ski Expedition. He has now skied in a total of 739 resorts- including all 38 USA skiing states, and 40 heliski operations in 14 countries

James McIntosh

Snowsport Scotland is saddened by the news that James McIntosh MBE, passed away earlier this week.

James was a co-founder of the Lecht 2090 Ski Centre, which has enabled hundreds of thousands of people to access and enjoy our wonderful sport.

We wish the McIntosh family our deepest condolences and echo the many messages that celebrate James’s character and contribution to Snowsports in Scotland.

Roller Ski Race Series 2022

Snowsport Scotland Roller Ski Race Series!

We are excited to announce the provisional dates for the 2022 Race series and are now live on1o our online competitions calendar.

More information to be announced in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our website!

 

Date Location Event Name + Description Status Latest Bulletins, Feeds + News
Sat 28 May Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre Huntly Sprints – skate head-to-heads Provisional https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/
Sat 29 May A941 at Rhynie Clash Hill Climb – classic time trial Provisional https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/
Sat 6 August Fife Cycle Park Fife Champs – skate mass start Confirmed https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/
Sun 7 August Fife Cycle Park Junior Race – TBC Confirmed https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/
Sat 10 Sept Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre Huntly Champs – Skate time trial Provisional https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/
Sun 11 Sept Cairngorm / Glenmore Lodge Cairngorm Hill climb and Glenmore TT – Skate time trial Provisional https://snowsportscotland.org/scottish-roller-ski-series-2/

GB Alpine Championships 2022

AFTER A TWO-YEAR COVID-ENFORCED HIATUS, THE GB ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL RETURN IN MARCH AND APRIL 2022. 

A packed race calendar will see the Senior and Junior Championships take place from 27 March to 3 April, followed by the Children’s Championships sponsored by Crystal from 4 – 8 April 2022. Both events will take place at the Championships’ traditional home of Tignes, France. 

With anticipation at an all-time high following two years of postponed competition, the GB Alpine Championships 2022 stands to welcome some of the world’s top Alpine talent alongside the brightest up-and-coming stars of the sport. 

Entries for both the Senior and Junior Championships, and the Children’s Championships, are officially open with full details of the provisional race programme available now. 

Entries for the Senior and Junior Championships close on 11 March.

For Children’s Championships the entry closing date is Friday 18 March. The entry criteria has been reviewed following the results from the English Alpine Championships 2022 and other races held to date in 2022 and taking into account that there were very few races held in 2020 and 2021. It has been decided that for the 2022 GB Children’s Championships there will be no seed point cut-off for entry. The situation will be reviewed during the 2023 season.

International Women’s Day 2022

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#BreakTheBias

Wear Purple on International Women’s Day 2022 – Tuesday 8th March!

 

Snowsport Scotland is supporting this year’s International Women’s Day and their mission to #BreakTheBias and we want as many of members and stakeholders to get involved with us! 

 

Purple is the official colour of International Women’s Day!

Did you know that purple is considered to be the colour of loyalty, consistency to a purpose and ensuring consistency to a cause, symbolising achievements gained and achievements still to come?

On our journey to a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive culture we have progress to celebrate and roadmaps for where we want to get to.

We have ways for you to show your support for International Women’s Day:

  1. On Tuesday March 8th – Wear something Purple

  1. If you use Teams or Zoom, download one of the lovely purple backgrounds for your camera from the International Women’s Day website and start using it now! See website link below: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Zoom-backgrounds

  1. Will you help break the bias? Cross your arms to show solidarity. Strike the IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image with us and social media using #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

For more information, head to the IWD website https://www.internationalwomensday.com

We do encourage you to please do share this with your members and wider community!

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