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 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 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!

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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Sharks Clothing

Club Hoodies ARE AVAILABLE TO ORDER, using this order form.. 2015 CLUB CLOTHING ORDER FORM Payment can be taken on delivery or in advance. We hope to have them in time for Christmas. In order to achieve this I need your orders in by SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER. We are offering 4 different garments, all in Sapphire Blue.   We are also offering the Yellow T-Shirts at just £6 each. Please

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Membership Renewal 2015-16

Dear MembersIt’s that time of year again – Membership Renewal time!As winter approaches Sharks members are looking forward to another great ski season, and that begins on the slopes on a Saturday morning. As well as our group coaching for young people we also have a specific adult group, so everyone can get out there and enjoy the snow.Sharks have lots planned again this year, including the Christmas Party, the

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Sharks Family Holiday 2016

Sharks Holiday 2016 Following the success of last year’s trip and the warm and welcoming reception of both the hotel and Ski-2, the 2016 family holiday will take place at the same hotel as for 2015, in Champoluc, during the Easter holidays 2016. We hope that the dates accommodate all schools this year, but please check your term dates. Dates: Sunday 27th March – Sunday 3rd April 2016 Resort: Champoluc,

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Race Training Session in Pendle – 6th June

This session will be for those new to race training, as well as established racers. There will be practice sessions through the poles, as well as some timed runs, so that you can assess your progress. It will be great training for anyone entering the Yorkshire Champs on the 20th of June, and also for anyone interested in the dry slope race sessions at Rossendale and Pendle. Also, a big

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Freestyle Competitions 2015

SSE Freestyle Comps:, Moguls 16th May Slopestyle June 6th Cross 27th June British Cross Aug 30th  https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/31575745766972

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Yorkshire Champs

Yorkshire Champs 20th June, Entry now live see https://secure.jotformpro.com/form/33361941089963

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Star Awards

At Sharks we promote progression of skiing ability through the Star Awards 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

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Sharks Groups

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

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Dispute Resolution

Child Protection We adhere to the Snowsport England Child Protection Policy which can be accessed via their website Dispute Resolution We adhere to the Snowsport England Dispute Resolution Policy which can be accessed via their website, or downloaded here…

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That’s Gonna Hurt

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Gallery

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