What we’ve learnt from the artificial ski season so far…


by Pete Davies August 29, 2016

As the championship part of the artificial ski season fast approaches us, we look at how the season has gone so far on the national circuit.

More than one way through a course
On a few occasions course setters on dryslope have created course in which you could go two ways. Normally this is because of the space given at the exit of a verticali. This happened at the Norfolk and Suffolk club national this year.

Pembrey is a stunning location for a ski race
Located on the coast of Wales Pembrey probably has one of the best views from the top of ski slope in the UK. The slope is in good nick too! Snowsport Wales held two races at the beginning of the season and I think it’ll be welcome addition next year too!

 

Snowsport South win their first ever inter region title
After the GBR series race in Stoke the Inter regional dual slalom tournament took place. False starts and ski outs made a big impact on the result s but Snowsport South made a little bit of history when they their first title in the tournament. The team had an average age of 16.

Pro slalom is still fun on dryslope!
Pontypool held a fun pro slalom race after one of the GBR series races. The overwhelming feedback was that it was one of the most refreshingly fun races of the season.
 
Top end is super competitive
In both the male and female national races so far this season we have seen a wide variety of winners. From masters skier David Hatcher to young rising star Olly Weeks. Throw Christopher Corr in the mix too and we have a huge championship battle ahead of us!
The same scenario can be said for the women. Zero point racer Jenny Davies has been battling with the likes of Georgia Hallett, Nicole Shering, Helena Newboult and Lauren Vale. Any one of them could take a championship this September.

 

The future is bright!
Attendances for the boy and girl races through stubbies have been encouraging! Clubs from all over the country seem to be producing some great young skiers. Look out for Amber Fennell and Lauren Bloom on the circuit, they both finished top of the GBR series in the U12 and U10s. In the boys race Lewis Parton and Ryan Bunton have produced some great performances this season and have also won the U12 and U10s at the GBR series.
The artificial ski season has been hotting up but it’s only just started with the championships coming thick and fast! Take a look at the range of kit we have on the store to help you get set for the last races of the season!


Best moments for those involved!
Winning overall female both days at Gloucester Midland Club National weekend with a significant time margin on the Sunday.” Nicole Shering Snowtrax racer
“Ollie winning his first indoor overall first place: pretty good for what some used to call "a plastic skier.” Rob Weeks parent of Ollie Weeks

 




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