In Scotland the entry point into ski & snowboard cross competition is with the Scottish Schools Snowsports Association annual SBX Champs in November. This is a very popular indoor event designed for primary and secondary school pupils new to skier and boarder cross. For information visit www.sssa.co
The next step up is the annual Scottish Ski and Boarder Cross Championships (SSBX) held every February at Glenshee. This is a fun and friendly open competition that accepts circa 160 entries annually. See the calendar for dates and information.
To train and prepare for success in skier cross, competitors will need to focus on 4 key ingredients:-
- The building of strength and athleticism
- Developing their technical skills in alpine skiing or snowboarding
- Developing their jumping skills and aerial awareness
- Developing an understanding of good line selection and the rules of racing
These skills come from immersing yourself in the correct environment to learn, and practice over a prolonged period of time.
To reach the top level a skier cross athlete will require commitment to:-
- A supervised strength and conditioning programme + regular multi-sport activity
- An alpine skills training programme
- A freestyle skills training programme
- Regular time on task in the mountains differing snow conditions
- Homework and study line selection and race tactics
Once athletes start to get more serious than occasional and casual fun competition they should also start to consider looking at lifestyle and nutrition considerations.
For further information please contact Ross Gardner at Snowsport Scotland on 0131 625 4405
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