Race Training

Race Training allows skiers of an already competent standard to develop the skills and techniques needed to ski at a competitive level, representing Pendle Ski Club.

We have a progressive training structure that takes those just beginning race training right through to national competition.

You cannot just attend race training. Acceptance onto the sessions is only open to those aged 7 and above and is subject to a coaches assessment. Assessment sessions, of approximately 30 minutes, are held  from 8.30am on the 1st Sunday of the month in November, December, January and February. At the end of the assessment you will be informed of the decision regarding which session to attend. We ask that you book onto an assessment in advance by contacting the coaches at pendleskiraces@live.co.uk.

Please note that an invitation to race training and progression through the sessions is at the race coaches’ discretion.

Race Squad Groups

Development 1 Saturday 8.30 – 9.30am

This is an introduction to race training and we anticipate most skiers will start in this session. It is highly recommended that participants should also continue with their recreational lessons.

As a guide:

Minimum standard for 7 – 11 year olds is Snowlife Award level 3. The skier should also have the ability to ski confidently and in control from the top of the main slope and use the tow unassisted.

Minimum standard for those 12 and above is Snowlife Award level 5. This means that they should be consistently making parallel turns.

Development 2 Sunday 8.30 – 10.00am

Progression from Development 1 to Development 2 will be made when the race coaches feel the skier has reached the required level. Skiers should, at least, be aspiring to race in fun races. It is highly recommended that participants should also continue with their recreational lessons.

As a guide:

This will include more experienced 7 – 11 year olds (Snowlife Levels 4 & 5) and over 12s (level 5 and over)

National Squad 1 & 2 skiers are also eligible to attend the Development 2 session

National Squad 1 Tuesday 6.00 – 7.15pm

Progression from Development 2 to National Squad 1 will be made once the race coaches feel the skier has reached the required level. Skiers should have been participating regularly in fun races. They will aspire to become a registered athlete with Snowsport England and compete at a national level.

As a guide:

All ages will be Snowlife level 5 or above

National Squad 2 Tuesday 7.15 – 9.00am

Progression from National Squad 1 to National Squad 2 will be made when the race coaches feel that the skier has reached the required level.

As a guide:

Minimum age of 11 years and attained Snowlife level 7. Skiers should have been participating in national races for some time and begun competing at the highest level. It is expected that the skier will be a registered athlete with Snowsport England and eligible for seed points.

Racing Updates

WRL 18/19

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Charlotte Holmes selected for Great Britain!

Charlotte Holmes, a long standing member of Pendle Ski Club's race squad (and John's daughter!) is following in her brother Rob's ski tracks. It was recently announced that she has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Youth International FIS races in...

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Rob Holmes makes British Alpine Squad!

Following a fantastic year in which Rob was crowned overall Under 16 British champion in Tignes (Read more here) Rob has been selected for the British Alpine FIS squad for 2018/19. Huge congratulations go to Rob from everyone at the club on making the squad and thanks...

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