Welcome to the Sharks Ski Club
The club was formed in 1989 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.
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.
|Whales||Snowplough Turns Basic – New to main slope|
|Tigers||Snowplough Turns – With confidence and more speed|
|Swordfish||Plough swings – Basic parallel|
|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 – Meg and Fin Parr
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.
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.