Race

Race/Slalom training takes place on the 4th Saturday in each month under the direction of Snowsport England coach Norman Gill and ex-England Alpine Squad Team Member Frank Reardon.

For many years, groups or individual ‘Sharks’ have attended the Summer Race Leagues at Ski Rossendale, Lancashire and Festival Park Ski Club, Stoke, and, as winter approaches, the Winter Race League Series at Pendle, also in Lancashire. Fun races are an ideal introduction to racing and are aimed at skiers with little or no experience of competition who want to get into racing. These events also appeal to established performers wishing to gain competition experience without the normal race day pressures and skiers who want to have fun and try something different on a plastic slope amongst friends.

Individual timed runs, head to head racing and tag team relays are the making of the day and all ages and abilities of skier are actively encouraged to take part. The leagues have become quite a social event and are traditionally well represented by Sharks with the participants regularly spanning 6 – 60 years of age.

The fun race series is organised by race team manager and level 2 instructor Paul Smith. He’s the man to talk to should you require the dates and any further information on any of these particular race circuits. Paul generally participates in the events themselves and, thus, is on hand to offer advice, tips and any morale boosting that may be required.

As the skier gains more experience they can compete at Snowsport England race level by participating in the Club National and National Grand Prix circuits, National Championships and even on snow in Scotland and abroad.

You will find upcoming training and racing events advertised on the Sharks Website and Facebook page.

For more information or to express an interest in racing, speak to any of our instructors or alternatively contact us and leave a message with the subject  “race”.

Norman Gill

Level 4 Coach, Level 2 Tutor Head Coach Skiing, the ski environment (be it in the mountains or in a fridge!) and ‘skiing people’ are all a constant source of adventure, excitement, exhilaration, fun and pleasure for me. I believe skiing enables an individual to find that ‘something else’ within themselves that equips them with a set of personal skills for life itself! My first experience on snow was in

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Frank Reardon

Qualifications- UKCP level 2 coach                      – SSE level 2 instructor Achievements- Selected for the England Alpine Squad 1995/96 season. Got 70mph on Ski Tracks app! First Skied- 1980 Started instructing- 2002. Sharks race training at The Ski Village. On or off piste?- Off piste in powder, otherwise I like laying arches on piste. Current equipment- race department Nordica Dobermann boots

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James Slater

I’m a UKSS 2 and IASI 2 ski instructor. I learned to ski at Sharks way back in 2004 and I’ve been at the club ever since. My fondest memories include competing in the Frostbite and Rossendale Race Series as well as making a fool of myself in fancy dress on the club holidays.  I’m a past Club Captain and a reasonably young instructor compared to some of our more

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