Park & Pipe squads training in Austria

Snowsport Scotland Park & Pipe squads are in Austria training through October. Betterpark is open with a great set-up of jumps and rails high on the Hintertux Glacier at 3200m under the shadow of the Olperer Peak. The squad travelled out alongside many alpine skiers from Cairngorm Ski Club and ATC whom are also taking advantage of training up on the Glacier.

The squad of 11 Park & Pipe skiers and snowboarders have spent two days in Betterpark acclimatising to the altitude and locking in the jumps and rails. Having spent the summer on dry slope they have not been on snow since the spring so the first couple of days are spent getting the snowlegs back. Lots of laps of the park with as much turns, jumps and rails as possible concentrating on repping out the simple basics.

Bangerpark is a cutting edge facility a hour and half down the Zillertal valley behind Innsbruck up the Scharnitz pass. The facility currently has two dryslope jumps into airbags replicating the jump you would see on snow.

The squad spent the day there on Tuesday focusing on utilising the high volume of practice reduced risk airbags can afford. With the consequences greatly reduced the skiers and snowboarders can focus in prepping a greater amount of tricks than they would normally be able to on snow.

With 6 hours lapping the jumps under their belts their next step is to head back up to Betterpark and transfer their new tricks to snow. The squad is out for another week and looking forward to getting new tricks landed in the park!

Athletes in Austria – Snowboard Performance Squad – Fraser Jack, Logan King, Leon Drynan, Liam Tynan, Max George – last two english athletes. Freeski Performance squad – Olivia Burke, Luke Burke, , Arran Sangster. Development Squad – Abbie Grieg, Connor Sheeves, Euan Rogers.

Photo of Betterpark Hindertux from their facebook page.

2019/20 ALL AREA SEASON TICKETS

2019/20 Ski-Scotland All Areas Season Tickets now available!

 

Are you looking for a flexible season ticket that allows you to ski or board where the weather and snow conditions are best? Then what you need is the 2019/20 Ski-Scotland All Areas Season Ticket, which can be used at all five Scottish mountain centres and is on sale now.

Each ticket comes with several additional benefits including:

  • A free one-day pass for Snow Factor
  • 30% off access to Snow Factor
  • A free ticket for the All Areas VIP Snowsports event at Snow Factor
  • Free Supporter Membership with Snowsport Scotland including public liability insurance and a selection of retail and travel discounts

Prices for 2019/20 have been frozen and are:

  • 2018/19 Ticket holders: adult £480, child £260
  • All other customers: adult £550, child £310

Child rates apply for 5 – 17 years of age inclusive at 01/12/18

Tickets are available to buy until 30 November or until they run out and there’s a limited supply, so don’t delay or you might miss out!

Scottish Artificial Slope Alpine Championships 2019

Amazing weather for the start of the Scottish Championships.

Day 1:

The athletes raced two runs of slalom down some great challenging courses at Hillend.

Well done to Nicole Ritchie and Joe grieve came out on top in the main event.

There was also a dual slalom afterwards where the older LSR athletes were challenged first by Glasgow Ski Racing then the younger LSR racers. Full results can be found on the gbski and our own Snowsport Scotland websites at the end of the weekend.

Stuart Spence and the great volunteers will host the only GS on artificial in Scotland on Day 2.

Isla Cameron took the U10 title with Brooke Baxter winning the U12. Sophie Anderson came 3rd over all winning the U14 age group with Taylor Langmuir in 4th overall and taking the U16 prize. Local racer Holley Mckey had a good day coming 2nd overall in the event and 1st U18. In the boys brothers Alex and Arron McDonald took the U12 and U10 fastest boys prize and Lewis Mckey winning the U14 age category and coming 5th overall. Daniel Leitch had a great 1st run and managed to hold on for the 2nd to be the U16 Scottish slalom Champion. Adam Hay was winning the 1st run but his 2nd cost him the overall title but he was still able to take home the U21 title. Lothian Ski Racing Joe Grieve held it together and put down 2 soldi runs winning the male title, sharing the podium with Glasgow Ski Racing multi Indoor and dryslope female winner Nicole Ritchie.

 

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Thanks to:  Ski Bartlett’s, Alpine Imports and Dynastar/ Lange/ Shred for supporting and supplying the prizes for the athletes.

Searching for Female Para Snowboarders

GB Snowsport are searching for the next Female Para Snowboard Champion…
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(Photo Credit : World Para Snowboard from their Facebook Page.)

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(Featured photos are at the #Glenshee Ski Resort. By Stevie McKenna)

 

An unknown snowboarder in Corie Fionn, at Glenshee Ski Centre.

 

Skier Melissa Moore from Glasgow hiding in an Igloo at the bottom of Corie Fionn, at Glenshee Ski Centre.

Scottish Roller Ski Championships 2019

On Saturday, the 10th of August, the 2019 Scottish Roller Ski Championships took place.
This exciting event was organised by Snowsport Scotland in partnership with the Fife Roller Ski Club (FRSC).

Racing took place at the Fife Cycle Park in Lochgelly, with championship races from 3.2 – 9.6 km in length as well as a Novice 1 km race and a 6.4 km Open Event.

The day started with a training and “Come Try Session” on the race course with coaching from Snowsport Scotland coaches. The “Come Try Session” was open to all ages and abilities to give roller skiing a shot for the first time or to take advantage of the coaching expertise to build and improve roller ski skills.

The racing kicked off with the 1 km Novice Race around two laps of the Fife Cycle Park’s 500 metre “hair dryer” loop. The Novice Race is open to all ages provided competitors have not previously raced in more than three roller ski races. In exception to this rule, Rasmus Ipsen (U12) of Huntly Nordic Ski Club (HNSC) was permitted to race as a novice despite extensive race experience due to a broken wrist inhibiting pole use. After a well matched double pole start, the pack split out with a leading pack of two racing for the gold and silver and a chasing pack of three battling it out for the bronze. Jack Rausher (U12) of FRSC pipped Rasmus Ipsen by three seconds to claim first place. Hannah McHugh (U16) of FRSC crossed the line third to claim first novice women followed by Ewan Macadam (U12) of FRSC taking third in the novice men’s race. Kirstie MacLeod (Senior) finished in sixth place overall, behind her cousin Anderw James Elder (U12) taking second novice women. Third novice women went to Astrid Ipsen (U12) of HNSC, who finished in eighth overall. Big shout out to Ruben Blake who took on the Novice course having tried roller skiing for the first time an hour and a half before the start of the race.

After a short break, the U12 and U14, 3.2 km championship race was underway on the full 1.6 km loop. A number of the U12 novice racers decided to go for the double and also compete in their age group championship race. For a number of the athletes, the race was the first time they had used Marwe 610s, which were the race pool roller ski for the event. The British Nordic Development Squad athletes in the pack took to the front of the race with Logan Duncan (U14) and Jakob Ipsen (U14) of HNSC taking an early lead followed by Sophie Forth (U12) of HNSC. They were chased down by Rebecca Dargie (U12) of Cairngorm Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club (CBNSC). Logan led the majority of the race, but was out sprinted at the finish by Jakob after a tactical push from Jakob on the second last climb, they took silver and gold respectively in the U14 men’s race. The bronze in the men’s U14 went to Andrew James Elder. Sophie and Rebecca came in third and fourth overall taking gold and silver in the women’s U12 race. In the men’s U12 Harry Townsend of CBNSC pushed out FRSC’s Jack Rausher (novice champion) to take the gold and Hugh Gilliland of HNSC took bronze ahead of Ewan Macadam of FRSC.

This year an Open Event of 6.4 km was added to the programme as a stepping stone between the Novice Race and the senior championship races and was ran at the same time as the U16 and U18 women’s race of the same distance. Ida Ewald (U16) took the gold for

The women’s U16 and first place overall. In the Open Event, Logan Duncan took the gold, finishing second overall behind Ida. Harry Osbaldiston (U18) of CBNSC took the silver and Jakob Ipsen took the bronze. The fastest time, of 00:17:59, over the 6.4 km course was posted by Callum Deboys from GB Para Nordic, which he completed as training. Special mention also goes to Ana Amores who completed one lap of the race after only trying roller skiing for the first time during the “Come Try Session”.

The final championship race of the day was the six lap, 9.6 km Senior, Veteran and Super Veteran Race as well as the U16 and U18 men’s race. The leading group pulled away during the first lap and broke down into a leading group of three and a chasing group of four. Fergus Newman (Senior) of HNSC tried to organise the other three athletes in the chase group, Zander Bohle (Senior), Joseph Rosenfeld (U18) and James Slimon (U18), to work together to close the gap on the leading group of Thibault Mondon (Senior) of Team Grenoble, Hamish Wolfe (Senior) of HNSC and Oliver Newman (Senior) of HNSC.

In a close fought race, Hamish Wolfe burnt off Thibault Mondon to finish first overall and take gold in the senior men’s race. Thibault took the silver and Oliver Newman the bronze. Joseph Rosenfeld came in fourth and took the gold in the men’s U18 race followed by James Slimon who took silver. Sam Bojorski of the London Region Nordic Ski Club (LRNSC) took the U18 men’s bronze finishing in seventh overall behind Fergus Newman.

The women’s senior race was won by Aline Arnould of Team Grenoble who finished in twelfth place overall. Aline was followed home by Annika Flynn and then Holly Rees-lay of CBNSC to complete the podium for the senior women.

In the men’s vet race, Stephen Perry from the RAF skied the majority of the race by himself taking the gold and ninth place overall. Silver went to Christian Ewald of Highland Nordic and bronze to Andrzej Bojorski of LRNSC.

The women vet race was won by Beata Nowok of Western Track, who finished sixteenth overall battling out the first few laps of the race with the men’s super vet winner Roger Homyer of Highland Nordic. Roy Young of HNSC took the silver in the men’s super vet category.

Kieran Forth of HNSC, the youngest competitor in the race, took the U16 men’s gold finishing in eighteenth place overall.

 

Written by Sarah Young

 

Scottish U16 Alpine Team in Landgraaf, Holland.

Scottish U16 Alpine Team have just finished our 2nd training camp in Landgraaf, Holland.

The athletes all made some great improvements in their slalom skiing with one calculating he skied 2560 gates over the 4 days.

Now on route for the GB Indoor Champs in Chill Factore Manchester 10 & 11 August.

Athletes participating  were:  Maisie Morgan, Ailsa Hay, Madison Spence, William Lennox, Fraser Baggaley and Freddy Horn with Coaches Kate Angus and Ross Gardner supporting these young athletes.

 

Tiffindell, South Africa : FIS Races by Mark Vinter

What a strong start to the season for the Scottish Team, with a great build up in Landgraff we headed to South Africa for the first time.

Heading into FIS can be a huge jump for children, nerves are capable of taking over your performances. The boys on the camp gave it their all and learned much from their peers. Congratulations to Jonny Marshall, 2nd year FIS who had 2 podium finishes and scored 2 PB FIS point results. Ali Hall, Sam Clyde and Fraser Hunter all first year FIS athletes scored some great points enabling them to start the season running.

Not only did this camp deliver some great skiing but a great life experience for the team. As you can see from the photo’s we managed to squeeze in a small safari and a sightseeing tour of Dubai on the way home. The high’s of being a ski racer….

We would like to thank Tiffindell and Alex Heath for delivering 10 efficiently run FIS races out in one of the most remote ski resorts we’ve ever been to.  A big thanks to Natalia and Alain from BSA for allowing the Scottish Team to team up with them, making the trip possible.

Next stop Manchester for the British Indoor Championships. 

New Off-Piste Leader Awards

News of the new Off-Piste Leadership qualifications is coming soon. Developed by the team at Glenmore Lodge the new Sidecountry Leader, Backcountry Leader and Mountain Leader qualifications will be launched at the Snowsport Scotland Summit on the w/e of 21/22 September. More news to follow…