Challenge yourself against the clock
Ski Racing is a great opportunity to progress your own skiing, develop as an athlete and challenge yourself to achieve goals you never thought you could achieve.
Throughout the year, thousands of skiers test themselves against the clock on the slopes of Wales, participating in various ski races on artificial slopes. Snowsports Wales organize a series of races that start off with club and school events; The courses at these events are quite simple and the emphasis is as much upon participation and fun as it is upon the competition. These races have been very successful over the years, and are a great introduction and starting point for those looking to compete on a larger scale.
Skiers who show more promise and interest can then go on to compete in the National Events. These events attract skiers from throughout Great Britain and Ireland as well as a few from Europe. Each event is seeded thus allowing the competitors to gain national ranking based upon their finishing positions.
Calendar of British Seeded events both on artificial slopes and snow
Most of the racing is slalom, with the occasional giant slalom and dual slalom being organised at the International Events. With the best skiers in the UK at these events, they provide a great chance to spectate (no charge) and pick up a few tips.
Getting into racing is easier than you would think and you are never too old to give it a go. Training is provided by each club, which will specialize in training for all levels of competitor. Start off with some club or schools events and then move onto national standard events. To compete in the National Circuit you need to be registered as a competitor with Snowsport Wales (Join Online - Click here) this will provide you with insurance and a licence to compete.
For up to date information on club and schools races email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helmet Regulations 2016
If you show talent in these races and get some results to back this up, you may be selected to training with regional squads in North and South Wales and then onto selection for the Welsh Squad. Selection for the British squad and Olympic Games comes through results at international races on the snow.
Eligibility - to be considered for Welsh selection racers must:
(i) Be eligible under the following Welsh National Criteria
* be born in Wales
* have one parent or grand parent Welsh
* be resident in Wales for the last three years
(ii) Be registered with the National Coaching Scheme as Welsh.
(iii) Indicate that they are available to represent Wales for a twelve month period minimum after selection.
Selection - Skiers may apply to be selected annually to the Welsh National Squad by the selectors , appointed by the Snowsport Wales following a squad selection. It is necessary to be eligible for selection by way of a seedpoint base line entry level. Skiers will then be selected from these eligible based upon technical ability, fitness, competition results and commitment to competition and training. Skiers selection can also be withdrawn if they fail to maintain an effective programme and commitment.
GBR Race Series July 2015
If you'd like to know a little bit more about what racing on artificial slopes is like, check out this awesome edit from this years' GBR series:
With thanks to Red Beetle Films and Torfaen Leisure Trust.
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