Racing

Its all about the speed

Norfolk Snowsports Club has a very active and successful race team that meet on Sunday mornings through the Winter and Friday evenings in the Summer season.  The team competes in club events, regional races and national competitions including the English and British Championships and has won the Regional ERSA competition for the last 13 years in a row!! This, paralleled with the number of English and British champions it has produced makes it one of the most successful club ski teams in England.

 

Entry to the race team is through our Wannabes group which meets on a Friday evening from 5.30-7pm.  This session is designed for anybody that would like to try racing and is interested in joining our Race Team.  Before joining the team, our race coaches look for commitment to the Wannabe group along with a good positive attitude towards the coaching.  The athlete also needs to be technically and physically ready to join the race team as it is a far more structured session than the Wannabes.

 

We encourage a transition period from Wannabes to the Race Team to make sure that the athlete is happy and able to undertake the more intense training.

 

The Club also offers training to a National level.  This happens on a Wednesday evening through the summer months and race coaches will invite along the race team members they feel are showing better technical ability along with a commitment to the team and are also travelling to participate in the National events.

 

To encourage all members to experience the thrill of racing, the Club also runs its own Club Race Championships (and Fireworks) around the 5th of November each year, and a Night Slalom during March as well as running race-themed activities at Junior Club.

 

If you are interested in racing please speak to your instructor or contact reception who will be able to direct you to the Head Race Coach or direct you to the right route.

 

Our Wannabe Racer sessions are brilliant for any range of skiers that fancy trying their hand at racing or gaining slightly more advanced skills.  These sessions take place every Friday night and are attended by all ages and abilities.  The sessions are always relaxed with enjoyment being the priority, however, doing well at Wannabe racers leads to the possible progression into the Norfolk Race team which is ideal for those skiers who want to take their racing more seriously.

 

Many different areas of skiing are covered, including waves and mogul skiing, as well as skiing round courses.

 

Wannabe Racers only requires the skier to be signed off to ski independently at the slope so there is no need to book and anyone can simply turn up and enjoy the session.

 

ERSA stands for the Eastern Region Snowsports Association and these events take place throughout the whole summer season.  They are held regularly at various dry slopes and indoor snow domes throughout the whole of the east region.

 

The race day consists of open practice followed by course setting and then a course inspection where the racers can get a closer look at the course to gain a feel for the rhythm.  Once this is completed the racing starts; skiers take it in turns to ski the course and each skier gets 3 runs from which their overall time consists of their best 2 runs added together.

 

After lunch, it’s time for the dual slalom; 2 identical slalom courses are set and are raced simultaneously by the club teams in a knock-out format until there is one overall winning team

 

Finally, the most thrilling event of the day is held; the “top 32” dual slalom.  This is where the top 32 skiers of the day race against each other in a knock-out format to crown the overall fastest skier of the day.  These races are extremely close and exciting to watch.

Norfolk so far are having a very successful season, as always!  See the Race Team Blog for updates on results and more information about upcoming events.

 

Many different areas of skiing are covered, including waves and mogul skiing, as well as skiing round courses.

 

Wannabe Racers only requires the skier to be signed off to ski independently at the slope so there is no need to book and anyone can simply turn up and enjoy the session.

 

Click through to the Race Blog to see more about results and upcoming events