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!

AGM 9th June 2018

Dear Sharks Members, We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on 9th June. The Meeting will start at 11:30 after the Skiing Session at Castleford. This will be a great opportunity to hear updates from our team regarding the last years activity at Sharks.  We will also be confirming the Committee Members for the coming year, and receive the annual accounts. If anyone is interested in joining the committee,

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T Shirt Competition Winners

Hi guys, Thanks to everyone who has entered the yellow tshirt competition, we have had lots of great entries! We can now reveal that in first place, winning the signed yellow tshirt, is Aaron Corlett and our runner up is James Slater! Congratulations guys, you can collect your prizes next time you are at sharks. Grace and Oscar https://www.facebook.com/club.captains/videos/2094942050780482/

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General Data Protection Regulations

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm that you would like to receive content from us. We hope that our content is useful to you. If you’d like to continue hearing from us, please update your subscription settings. To do this respond to the link on the

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First Aid Course

 2 DAY OUTDOOR FIRST AID COURSE   Registered with Ofqual Meets the requirements of all HNGB’s including BASI, SSE, & Scotland DATE:       9th & 10th  June 2018 VENUE:    Snozone, Castleford COST:       £90. 00 TUTOR:   Molly Gill Contact:  mollygill44@gmail.com NB:  This is the only course I will be running this year for Sharks.  For any other dates, please see the BASP web site: firstaid@basp.org.uk

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Save the Date 12th May

Save the date! On the 12th OF MAY, we will be joined by our very own Rob Machon fresh from a season working for the Warren Smith Ski Academy as a IASI 3 instructor, to give us an introduction to freestyle! What’s more, he will be joined by Pyeongchang 2018 Olympians and Sharks Ski Club members, Peter Speight, Molly and Katie Summerhayes! This is a session not to be missed

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James’s Group Champoluc 2018

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Paul’s Group Champoluc 2018

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Sharks Holiday 2019

Sharks 2019 Holiday quote for Wengen From 16th – 23rd February 2019 (aprox 80 – 90 people / every 25 paying 1 free HP)   1 welcome drink 7 Nights’ Accommodation 7 Continental buffet breakfasts 5 four course dinners with 3 choices of main course 6 Children menu up to 11 yrs 1 Cheese fondue dinner 1 Falken Buffet 1 daily Sandwich (for lunch) 6 days   Jungfrau ski pass   Prices per person                                                         

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Fun Races

Hi Sharks Two upcoming fun slalom races to announce: PENDLE FUN TEAM SLALOM EVENT The final meeting in Pendle’s Winter Race League is Saturday 3rd March. Please register your interest with me now as I’ll be submitting the teams Thursday 1st March. This is a fun Slalom event traditionally well represented by ‘Sharks’. The order of the day will be team relay and is open to all ages and abilities

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Sharks Holiday 2019

I know that it is only October 2017, and we have not yet had our 2018 holiday in Champoluc, Italy, BUT – I am already planning our Sharks 2019 Ski holiday. Details as follows: – Date – 16th – 23rd February 2019 Venue – Falken Hotel, Wengen, Switzerland (The ‘spiritual home’ of Sharks) Cost – I am unable to give you this yet but I will give you an approximate

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Membership Renewal

Dear Sharks Members, It is that time of year again, when membership renewals are due. Please download the renewal form from our website, fill it in and bring it with you to your next Sharks Skiing Session, along with your membership renewal fees. 2017SharksMembershipForm Look forward to seeing you all soon, Regards Lucy Ridgeway Membership Secretary Membership@sharksskiclub.org.uk  

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Holiday Update

Please find attached important information about our ski trip to Champoluc in Italy next year. If you are already booked on, then please look at the information about ski groups. If you are thinking of joining us, then there are still a few places left, so get booking as soon as you can.  Full details on the Sharks Website by clicking this link. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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