What will I learn?
Race training will teach you how to negotiate a series of gates as fast as you can with control. The session begins with drills and moves onto specific coaching using gates. It’s a great way to improve your overall skiing, and for children to make new friend’s at Pendle and work as part of a team – especially if they take part in our Winter League. It’s a skill they can also take with them as they grow. A lot of universities have ski clubs and race teams, so even if you move away for a couple of years you can still carry on
We have an active RACE SQUAD which competes at all levels of competition.
Our racers take part in club events, regional races and national competitions including the English and British Championships and the club has produced several English and British champions at all age groups over the years.
How can I start race training?
The best way to start is to attend the Sunday morning session once you have been recommended by your existing instructor.
What do I need to wear?
Race training requires people to wear suitable attire – long sleeves, long trousers (jeans are not recommended) and gloves. As the slope operates in all weathers, clothing should be suitable for the conditions. In addition everyone must wear a helmet (you can use one of the club ones). As you progress you will likely look to use a race specific helmet with chin guard, plus ski poles with hand guards and leg guards. There are a number of local suppliers and we are happy to point you in the right direction for equipment and advice.
Race training is a good way of developing skills and improving all-
Sunday 8.30am -
Members must arrange an assessment with the coaches before attending this session
for the first time -
Children must be able to perform controlled linked turns from the top of the main slope and be able to use the tow unassisted. Adults must be able to perform linked parallel turns on the main slope.
The session is very popular and we are restricted with numbers due to coach availability, so booking is recommended.
Tuesday Race Training Sessions
These can be attended by the coaches’ invitation only. Skiers will be eligible for selection to these sessions when they regularly represent the club in at least “fun” races (e.g. the Pendle Winter League / Sharks’ Frostbite Series / Stoke Fun Series). Skiers will officially become members of the Race Squad once selected to attend on Tuesdays.
The first session is for younger skiers and those who wish to gain more experience in race training. The expectation is that skiers continue to represent the club at “fun” races regularly or begin to race on the national circuit.
Tuesday 7.15pm -
The second session is for older racers who regularly represent the club on the national race circuit, i.e. at Club National, GBR and Championship level. Racers will be selected for this session at the coaches’ discretion, based on performance and experience. Racers from the U12 category and upwards will be considered.