Member Information

Welcome to the Sharks Ski Club

The club was formed in 1990 by parents whose children skied regularly at Sheffield Ski Village.

The club is run on a voluntary basis by an elected committee.

We are very proud of what we achieve, and became national “Sports Club of the Year” in 2004.

We are affiliated to SnowSport England and have Snowmark Accreditation.

Sharks Groups

For the main Saturday ski sessions, Sharks members are divided into groups according to ability.

As skiing ability improves, skiers progress upwards through the groups.

The names we give the groups are nothing mysterious – they are just different species of Shark.

When possible, we try to keep the same instructors for each group every week.

Group Standard
Whales Snowplough Turns Basic – New to main slope
Tigers Snowplough Turns – With confidence and more speed
Swordfish Plough swings – Basic parallel
Porbeagles Parallel Turns
Hammerheads Carved Turns
Smoothhounds Adaptable over varied terrain
Galapagos Confident Advanced Skiers in all terrain
Wobbegongs Expert All-mountain Skiers
Prickly Dogfish Adult Snowplough Turning
Basking Sharks Adult Intermediate

Club Captains

Club Captains – Grace Slater and Oscar Bandmann

 

At Sharks we promote progression of skiing ability through the BASI Snowlife Award Scheme

The requirements for each level are shown below

BLUE ZONE 2- STAR – Whales

  • In a plough position link turns to left and right
  • Link turns left and right of equal radius
  • Follow track of the Instructor – keeping same distance all the time.
  • In pairs – follow my leader – ie turning where the leader turns.
  • Make emergency stop in plough position
  • Ski Safety Awareness eg. Parking at side of slope; Looking up slope before setting off. Etc..

BLUE ZONE 3 – STAR – Tigers

  • Big turns using full width of slope (Turn – Traverse – Turn)
  • As above – skis coming together on traverse, moving into plough to make turn. Left and Right. (Plough Swing)
  • Complete short slalom course
  • Follow Instructor varying speed and turn radius.
  • Ski over bumps absorbing them. (Flex and Extend)
  • Ski Safety Awareness – put ski on after fall ON slope.

RED ZONE 4 – STAR – Swordfish

  • Balance drills whilst traversing – eg lift upper ski
  • Emergency stop when instructed
  • Ski from top, starting in narrow plough – finish at bottom with skis near basic parallel – i.e. ‘The Funnel’
  • In pairs, follow leader varying speed and turn radius.
  • Write letter ‘S’ in snow with skis whilst skiing.
  • Go over small jump taking little air, flexing legs on landing.

RED ZONE 5- STAR – Swordfish

– MUST obtain before moving to Porbeagles

  • Long radius turns showing flexing and extending
  • 8 Linked ‘S’ shaped turns in given corridor
  • ‘J’ Turn to left and right. (Falling Leaf)
  • Establish ‘Home Base’ position.
  • Shorter radius linked turns and appropriate posture to cope with speed.

RED ZONE 6 – STAR – Porbeagles

  • Various radius turns using appropriate posture to enable pole planting
  • CARVED ‘J’ turns with pole plant to left and right.
  • ‘J’ Turn with hockey stop to left and right.
  • Initiate turn with pole plant and simultaneous small jump to left and right.

BLACK ZONE 7 STAR – Hammerheads

  • Long radius turns; press against inside edge of uphill ski BEFORE fall line and hold until finish of turn.
  • Ski narrow corridor varying speed and pole plant
  • Demonstrate pole plant in moguls.
  • Complete slalom course
  • Short radius turns with pole plant.

BLACK ZONE 8 & 9 STAR – Smooth-hounds & Galapagos

  • The coaching content will include drills and exercises to cover the content as required by the Snow Life Ski Award booklet.
  • These 2 awards can only be assessed on snow in a mountain environment. Eg. Alps, Scotland resorts.

 


So what happens on a typical Saturday morning?

First of all you need to pay for your ski pass from us, then collect boots, skis and helmets from the equipment desk if you haven’t got your own. At busy times of the year, this can sometimes take a while – so make sure you arrive in good time.

Next go to the meeting area to join up with your group and Instructor. You can find out who it is by checking on the notice board or asking one of our team.

One of the Club Officials or Instructors will be around to help out.

It is essential that all children wear correctly fitted protective helmets whilst skiing.

All groups have 2 hours of instruction. The emphasis is on learning to ski well and safely, whilst having fun. The first hour of instruction will usually focus on specific areas of ski technique, whilst the second hour of instruction tends to be more informal, and may include elements of race training, moguls, or freestyle park and pipe if available,

At the end of the session, don’t just rush off – your instructor will want to talk to you about your skiing and help you to make an entry in your Logbook which you will be given when you join. This is how you and your instructors know how your skiing is progressing.

What else does the club do?

We hold various events throughout the year, aimed at involving as many of you as possible, like Club Fun Day, and the Christmas Party.

We also have a programme of events off the slopes to get parents in on the act as well.

Details will be posted on the Events page and Facebook..

Finally

Skiing can be a dangerous sport – as part of their instruction, the children are informed of the dangers – not only to themselves but also to other skiers on the slope.

Whilst we take every effort to ensure the safety of all children, the Sharks Ski Club cannot be held responsible for loss of equipment or injury howsoever caused.

The Sharks Ski Club is run by parents for their kids.
We are always glad of any help we can get so if you want to help out in any way, please talk to one of the team!

Sharks Holiday – 2018

Important information uploaded to our website – see here….

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AGM – Change of Date

Dear Sharks Members, Unfortunately, for reasons beyond our control it has been necessary to change the date of the upcoming AGM. The Annual General Meeting, will now be held at SnoZone, Castleford on Saturday 10th June at 11:30 until 12:30. This will be an opportunity for Club Members to hear an Update from Sharks Ski Club over the last 12 months, receive the Club Accounts, and Elect the Officers of the Club.

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Sharks Holiday 2018

Due to circumstances way beyond our control, the Sharks 2018 holiday has been changed from Wengen, Switzerland, to Champoluc, Italy.  The dates remain the same 31st March to 7th April or depart 30th April (Good Friday) when flights may be cheaper. The reason being, that the Mannlichenbahn Company (the lift system) have decided to close on March 31st (the day we were due to arrive) This is due to them

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Yorkshire Alpine Championships

The Yorkshire Champs will be taking place on the 1st July at Castleford. Details of how to Apply will follow in due course. In the meantime if anyone would like to volunteer to help out on the day (see attachment below), please let me know, and I will pass on your details. Regards Richard Volunteer list.

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National Schools Indoor Open Championships

Please See Below information about this race. The application form can be downloaded here… National Schools Open Champs Indoor 2017 Entry

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Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Initial Training and Refresher Course Saturday 17th June at Castleford Snozone 11.30m to 1.30pm Dear Sharks Instructors and Trainee Instructors, As you all are aware it is a requirement that to gain, and to retain, your UK Snowsport qualification you must have completed the following: You must be registered as a member of Snowsport England / UK Coaching Scheme A technical training Course along

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Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our Annual General Meeting, at SnoZone, Castleford on Saturday 29th April at 11:30 until 12:30. This will be an opportunity for Club Members to hear an Update from Sharks Ski Club over the last 12 months, receive the Club Accounts, and Elect the Officers of the Club.  As always, it is great opportunity for willing volunteers to get involved in the running of the club, and this year is

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Saturday 4th February

There is lots going on at Sharks Ski Club this Saturday… Will You be skiing with us at Castleford, or entering the slalom races at Pendle…? Details of booking for these sessions below. Castleford. Don’t forget that the new session payment system starts this week From This Saturday, you will no longer be able to obtain your SnoZone slope pass directly from us at Sharks Ski Club. You will need to

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Save the Date – Sharks Ski Holiday 2018

Dear Sharks Members, I am sure a many of you were disappointed that we were unable run a holiday in the Alps this year.  The logistics of a late Easter, and variable half term dates unfortunately were too difficult to overcome. Next Year, 2018, we plan to return to Wengen, Switzerland, to the Hotel Falken.  This has been the location of some really memorable Sharks Holidays in the past, although

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Important Information – Saturday Morning Slope Passes

Dear Sharks Members, Please Read the Following Carefully, As It Contains Very Important Information Regarding Upcoming Changes to The Way in Which Slope Passes Will Be Distributed on Saturday Mornings. From Saturday 4th of February, you will no longer be able to obtain your SnoZone slope pass directly from us at Sharks Ski Club. You will need to pay for your pass at the SnoZone front desk.  This is to bring the

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Race Training -29 Jan 2017

RACE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY We have another opportunity to conduct our own dry slope race training session at Rossendale Ski Club (Haslingden Old Rd, Lancs, BB4 8RR) on Sunday 29th January and need to gauge interest now to enable us to book onto the slope. The session will be run by our own Ski Guru Norman Gill between 12noon and 3pm and is open to all ages and abilities. This really

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Special Olympics Fund Raising Event

Fun Race PENDLE Saturday 7th January 2017 8.30 – 1.30 approx. Some of you may know David Corr from our regular trips over to Pendle to take part in their winter race league events. Over the last eight years or so, I and others have seen David develop into a wonderful young man who absolutely loves his skiing and who takes great delight in kicking my ass in any of the head-to-head

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