Guide/New to Racing – How to get started
- through your local Snowsports club or,
- through your school if it is a member of the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA)
A GUIDE TO RACING
Below you will find a guide to the races available to skiers in the UK. As a club we are heavily involved with the ERSA Summer league races, these races are entry level upwards and suitable for first time racers upwards.
We expect all Hemel members to make the best efforts to race in at least one of these ERSA Summer League races.
ERSA SUMMER LEAGUE RACES
These races take place on both dry slope and indoor snow, the race day roughly runs as follows, l have included brief explanations for each stage.
Bunny Run. If it is your first race you can take a bunny run, a ski through the course at race pace to practice. This does not count as a timed run’ You will do your bunny run then return to the top straight away for your timed run.
Which Runs Count:
U12 and below: FASTEST 2 TIMES FROM YOUR 3 RUNS TO COUNT.
U14 and above: FASTEST TIME OF FIRST 2 TO COUNT PLUS YOUR 3RD TIME.
0800 Bib Collection. Collect your bib from the Hemel Race Manager (Sarah Warne or Matt Howeson). Bibs must be worn for open practice. When you collect your bib please let the Race Manager know if you want to partake in the team events in the afternoon.
0815 Open Practice A chance to warm up your legs and get a feel for the slope.
0900 Course set: A designated coach will set the course using large poles for U14 and above, small stubbies for U12 and below. Usually same course
0915 Course inspect A chance to slip down the side of the course and get a feel for the gates and combinations. You cannot ski the course and must stop at least every 2 gates.
0945 First run, usually the U14 and above go first and do 1 run, then course changed to stubbies and the U12 and below do 2 runs, course changed back to big poles and the U14 do 2 runs. Females first then Males and then back to females etc. finish with a change back to stubbie course for 3rd U12 and below run
1230/100 DUAL SLALOM TEAM EVENTS
Please come see your race manager to get your sticker for Heroes of to find out which team you are on. Stickers and teams will be issued at the end of run 3.
CHILDRENS TEAMS (CHOSEN BY RACE MANAGER ON DAY, USUALLY DONE USING FIRST RUN TIME)
Children’s team consist of 5 members must have 1 female or male, all racers U16 or below. Relay style
OPEN TEAM (Chosen by race manager on day, usually using first run time)
Any age, 5 team members, must have at least 1 female or male, relay style
Total mix of gender, club and ability. Though every effort is made to match up speeds roughly to make a fun competition.
These are fun events and can include all skiers, a great way of getting used to dual events as well as meeting other skiers from the region.
HOW TO ENTER; www.ersa.co.uk create an account then click on enter race etc. Can book several at one time and pay nearer the time. PayPal.
These are another good chance for grass root competition, we have a few that run locally.
London Schools Ski Race, held at WELWYN usually mid June. Entry details firstname.lastname@example.org
Biss schools races; indoor slope races details can be found by emailing email@example.com
All school races are team events with ideally four on a team but can be three. You can enter the ERSA and the BISS races as an individual if your school is unable to get a team together. Teams can be mixed but ideally same sex, the team competes in the age category of the oldest skier. The best three times from the first run count and these are added to the best three times from the second run. The total is your team time. You must have three times to count from both the first and second run.
Slightly higher level than the summer league, no team events. A little stricter on the rules.
GBR SERIES INSIDE / OUT
Slightly higher level, two runs and must complete first run to qualify for the second run, a chance to gain seed points for the BARTS system. Top 5 in age group get medals and some snow but not all snow events offer a pro slalom race as well. No medals for the pro sl just bragging rights.
HOW TO ENTER; www.entries.snowsportengland.org.uk
Landgraaf BASS (race end of May)
The club organises this trip which comprises of a couple of days coaching at the longer Landgraaf slope in Holland followed by two days of racing in the BASS Championships. A great fun long weekend always over the May bank holiday. Look for information via email from the club. We usually have at least 30 skiers going out to this race. The club organises coach travel and accommodation or you can arrange your own transport. For further information please contact Hemel Race Secretary. A good way to start earning BASS points. This race counts towards the Alpine points system not the artificial.
HOW TO ENTER; www.entries.snowsportengland.org.uk
Here are a few but please take a look at gbski.com for the full calendar. Alpine races will offer the chance to gain BASS seed points.
Bormio ; English Alpine Champs
British inter schools Pila Italy
Welsh Alpine Champs Pila Italy
Delancey British Champs Tignes
Schools races are run by companies such as BSA or impulse, other races can be entered via the Snowsport England entry site as above.
We do hope this helps, please do not hesitate to ask any of the committee members if you have questions. If we do not know, we will know how to find out.