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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.

GroupStandard
WhalesSnowplough Turns Basic – New to main slope
TigersSnowplough Turns – With confidence and more speed
SwordfishPlough swings – Basic parallel
PorbeaglesParallel Turns
HammerheadsCarved Turns
SmoothhoundsAdaptable over varied terrain
GalapagosConfident Advanced Skiers in all terrain
WobbegongsExpert All-mountain Skiers
Prickly DogfishAdult Snowplough Turning
Basking SharksAdult Intermediate

Club Captains

Club Captains – Millie Norton and Tom Hill

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, 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 the Sharks and pay your subs.

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.

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!

Price Increases

With effect from the 1st of October, 2016, SnoZone have implemented their annual price increas for sessions at Castleford. This means that the price for the Sharks Sessions has also gone up, with immediate effect. Sessions on Saturday morning for 2 hours will now cost £26 for Juniors and £30 for Adults.

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Race Training – Rossendale

To All Budding Ski Racers, We have the opportunity to conduct our own dry slope race training session at Rossendale Ski Club (Haslingden Old Rd, Lancs, BB4 8RR) on either Sundays 23rd or 30th October and we are gauging interest now to enable us to book the date that suits most willing participants. The session will be run by our own Ski Guru Norman Gill between 1 and 4pm and

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Sharks Merchandise

Good news! Kat and James listened to your comments from the last Club Captain feedback session regarding Sharks merchandise. After talks with the committee, we are excited to reveal the first bit of Sharks branded ski equipment! There will be more to be revealed in the coming weeks.  Grace and Oscar 

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URGENT – Holiday Information

Dear Sharks Members, I had just finished writing a draft of an email in which I was going to explain why we were not able to run a Sharks holiday next year. This was due to lack of available accommodation at a suitable time. However, I have just been informed that we have the opportunity to go back to Hotel Petit Prince in Champoluc, for the week beginning 11th February

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Voting for Club Captains

Dear Sharks Members, The time has come to vote for new club captains. This year we have had 1 nomination for a male captain and 4 nominations for female captain. The attached document has pen profiles of all the nominees. Voting is open to all Sharks Ski Club members under the age of 18. Voting this year will run to a tight deadline if we are to be able to

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Moguls Session Dates

A few dates to note in your diary… Next Freestyle sessions at Halifax 10.30am for 2 hours at the usual £15 will be on June 19th and July 10th. Martin

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Summer Race Dates

The Summer Race League dates have been released for Festival Park Ski Club, Stoke. This Fun Event is aimed at all ages and abilities of Skier from the ones with little or no experience of competition who want to give slalom racing a go through to established performers wishing to gain competition experience without the ‘normal’ race day pressures. These events are a great fun way of improving your technical skiing whilst

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Club Captain’s Feedback Form

Hey guys, We have been working with Snow Sports England to help other clubs improve how they run their sessions. Now that we are coming to the end of our term, we would like some feedback from members under the age of 18. We would really appreciate it if you could fill in our questionnaire and either print it off and bring it to a Saturday session or email it

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Moguls Training Dates

The next 2 moguls sessions are on   20th March and 17th April 2016.   Details on the session registration page.    

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Moguls Training

For some time now the Sharks Instructor Team have recognised that we should be offering our members more opportunities for your wider Skiing Skill Development. Specifically Mogul Skiing and Slalom Race Training. I am pleased to announce that we have arranged for Sharks Mogul Skiing sessions at the Halifax Ski Centre. As a result we are pleased to announce that Martin Carr will be running some more sessions – thank you Martin!

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T Shirt Competition

Hey guys! We have lots of exciting things to tell you about! First of all, we have the return of the yellow t-shirt competition! However, there is a new twist – the person wearing the t-shirt must NOT be a sharks member! You will be marked on: the originality of the pose, a short story about how and where you got the picture taken and the originality of your t-shirt

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Moguls and Race Training

For some time now the Sharks Instructor Team have recognised that we should be offering our members more opportunities for your wider Skiing Skill Development. Specifically Mogul Skiing and Slalom Race Training. I am pleased to announce that we have arranged for Sharks Mogul Skiing sessions at the Halifax Ski Centre. The two initial sessions are to be held on SUNDAY November 29th and SUNDAY December 13th at 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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