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         Fostering,
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      developing the
         interests of
       English skiers

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                                                                 October - November 2004




      Technology
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       2                 THE   piste                                                                        September 2004



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                                                           The Piste travels to Austria

           Cover picture: Skiing in Saas Fee (courtesy     NEW PRODUCTS REVIEW                                   22-23
           Adrian Schnyder)
                                                           From skiers, to specs, to GPS




                                                                                                     2005 rangecsk
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           Key appointments
           at Snowsport GB
           Snowsport GB, the governing body            working with large corporates and       involved in Snowsport GB represents
           for competitive skiing, snow-               small entrepreneurial businesses. He    a very exciting opportunity.”
           boarding and freestyle, has made            is also a dedicated competitor on the     Jason Cockburn takes up the newly
           two key appointments.                       Cresta Run, and is an active member     created post of Chief Executive
             Oliver Jones joins the board as           of the St Moritz Tobogganing Club.      Officer. He has spent the last 10 years
           Chairman, taking over from Ronald              Mr Jones said: “The progress         working in the media, holding a
           Duncan.                                     achieved by the GB team in alpine       variety of senior commercial posts,
             Mr Jones, a director with Carillion       skiing, snowboarding and freestyle      the last five years with BskyB.
           Business Services, and joint owner of       has been very impressive throughout       He said: “I look forward to
           management consulting firm Babel            the last decade. As we approach the     progressing the good work in recent
           Language Consulting, has a record of        2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, being    years both on and off the slopes.”



                Positive feedback from ‘wanna-be’ coaches




                Wish you were here! The 10 wanna-be coaches at Hintertux.
                Ten aspirant coaches embarked on the journey towards        s “Fantastic warm ups.”
                achieving coaches’ certification on the most recent         s “Reviews could not have been better.”
                Snowsport England Development Coach course, at              s “Video work was well-balanced.”
                Hintertux in June.                                          s “Hotel accommodation could not have been better.”
                  Feedback from the skiers was very positive – some of      s “Measured against other courses, this represented
                the comments made about the course included:                  excellent value for money.”
                s “I speak for all the attendees when I say that this has   s “The best course I have ever been on – I was
                   been one of the most professional sessions I’ve            inspired.”
                   worked through.”
                s “We went out in all weathers.”                            Continued on page 18
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           Technology moves ahead
           By Stewart Smith                                          extensive and disparate customer                                   Nationals and Grand Prix events
           Director, Snowsport England                               base located throughout the United                                 organised by, or on behalf of,
                                                                     Kingdom.”                                                          Snowsport England.
                                                                        Andrew Jolly’s comment after only                                  It is only a discussion document at
           After the introduction of the new                         two weeks of use was: “The benefits                                this stage. Input will be required from
           website for Snowsport England,                            of this are already noticeable – faster                            organising clubs as well. Having been
           there have been further moves to                          email access, much better reliability                              a race secretary (once), I know what it
           ensure the organisation is better                         of the network and computers and                                   is like to keep receiving all these bits
           placed to handle the future,                              the ability to undertake more than                                 of paper.
           specifically with the use of better                       one task at a time; yes the old                                       But, hopefully, this is something
           information technology.                                   machines were really that slow.”                                   that could be in place for next year’s
             With the assistance of Martin Carr,                        As an organisation, Snowsport                                   summer races.
           Freestyle Key Committee Leader, a                         England has to be able to move                                        The key interest at this moment in
           broadband connection has been                             forward quickly to ensure that best                                time is the ability to provide
           installed at the offices in Halesowen.                    use of technology is provided                                      membership renewals – online,
             In addition to this, the office                         especially when future funding is                                  including payment! I have been asked
           network has been reorganised and                          likely to be reduced.                                              why as an organisation we do not
           four new computers purchased,                                Having spoken to a number of                                    provide this – most members have
           provided at an extremely good price                       Snowsport England members, areas                                   booked something online – flights,
           by Servo Computer Services PLC.                           have been highlighted where                                        holidays even the weekly groceries.
             David Watts, Account Manager for                        technology could be used to improve                                   There are a number of complexities
           Servo, said: “Servo are pleased to be                     the communications to our members.                                 to the system. For example is the
           able to offer indirect support to                            A discussion document has been                                  member a performer, an instructor/
           Snowsport England as we already                           put to the Alpine Race Committee                                   coach, an official or both or all three?
           provide a wide range of services,                         (ARC) for the provision of an on-line                                 These questions are being
           hardware and software, to an                              race entry system for both Club                                    reviewed currently.



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                                                                                                                   Fast track:
                                                                                                                   Young
                                                                                                                   skiers and
                                                                                                                   instructors
                                                                                                                   take time out
                                                                                                                   for the photo
                                                                                                                   shoot
                                                                                                                   at Xscape.




                Interski scholars selected for training
             During the winter 2003-04 season, Interski instructors       Xscape in Milton Keynes, where they received a full
             acted as talent scouts and, according to strict criteria,    day’s tuition and assessment from five elite BASI
             nominated 21 candidates who demonstrated the                 trainers, together with an array of gifts courtesy of
             aptitude and ability to be fast-tracked via the              Interski and AMG/Rossignol.
             scholarship scheme.                                            Ten students have now been selected for the
               In July, 21 shortlisted candidates were invited to         scholarship. They are :

                SCHOLAR                          SCHOOL                   SCHOLAR                              SCHOOL

                Gareth Davey             Corpus Christi High School       Phillip Thompson           St Joseph Williamson Sschool
                James Webb               Ferndown Upper School            Paul Bundy                 King Edward VI School
                Sean Rushton             Gillingham School/St Mary’s      James Richardson           Corpus Christi High School
                Kate Sinton              Thorncliffe School               Heather Holmstrom          Oundle School
                Allan Ferguson           Greenwood Academy                Robert Hill                Brockhill Park School

               Originally launched to celebrate Interski's 20th           birthday), the scheme is now in its second year and is
             birthday (season 2003-04 when eight students                 likely to form part of Interski's programme for years to
             successfully completed the scheme and will become            come.
             qualified BASI instructors on reaching their 18th            s For more information check out www.interski.co.uk




           Masters expand training
           A growing interest among older            get-together for the British Masters      2005 and the Masters World
           skiers in Masters racing (for over-       Group.                                    Criterium at Sun Valley, USA, 5-9 April
           30s) has led the British Masters            Participants will be able to find out   2005.
           Group of Snowsport GB to widen its        about Masters racing in the UK and in       Many older skiers will have taken
           programme of activities.                  the FIS Masters Cup Alpine races          inspiration from the late James
             It is planned to hold at least three    abroad.                                   Woolgar who was racing the full
           training days this autumn at Xscape         A “FUNSTAR” race will conclude the      Masters Circuit up to the age of 83
           Snozone centres in Milton Keynes          days so that racers can see how they      and was three times World Champion
           and Castleford, and at Hillend for        fare compared to existing racers on       in his age group, although he did not
           Scottish participants. Other days may     the circuit. There is no requirement to   get involved in racing until he joined
           be arranged at other artificial slopes    be registered to attend these training    the British Masters Group.
           in England if enough volunteer            days.                                     s More information will be on the
           organisers can be found.                    The British Masters Group is also       website www.mastersski.com or can
             The courses are intended to             hoping to organise groups to attend       be obtained by sending a SAE to Alan
           provide an introduction to racing for     the Kandahar Masters FIS-MC race at       Jones, 3 Green Mount, Upton, Wirral,
           experienced older skiers as well as a     Courmayeur, Italy, 29-30 January          Merseyside, CH49 6NR.
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           ESSKiA’s 10 years in Norway
           Training Camps – Geilo –                   and arrived at the foot of the slopes    sufficient. But to maintain the
           Norway - 1994 – 2004                       at 08.30, temperature –23 with           equipment we have to service/repair
           by Mike E, Squad Manager                   beautiful blue skies. All had a great    and this isn’t cheap.
                                                      day and a young 10-year-old girl told      We have no timing equipment and
             The first training camp in Geilo was     me she would ski in the Olympics one     we would like to get some for 2005
           in 1994. The then committee agreed         day. Congratulations Chemmey Alcott      for the training camps and
           to a training camp being run outside       (see pages 11-15).                       preparation for the ISF champion-
           the “normal” all-inclusive school ski        The format for training was set and,   ships. I have the committee’s
           party format with bus transportation       apart from 1995, we have returned to     blessing to raise the funds to acquire
           into Europe. After a brief discussion      Geilo every year, increasing the         portable equipment with digital
           Geilo was chosen and the                   squads from one to two with 20           readout that can be attached to poles
           organisation began.                        trainees per squad. We have tried        and easy to set-up/operate.
             We travelled to Bergen by sea on         many permutations with travel, but         The equipment is £2500 and I hope
           the North Sea Ferry (27-hour               have always stayed in the Geilo          to raise the monies by running a raffle
           crossing), hired a bus to transport the    apartments. We are already planning      at the qualifying races and the final
           squad plus equipment to the main           2005 with the ISF championships in       when the draw will be made. I am
           railway station and train to Geilo. The    mind.                                    currently finalising the prizes but any
           bus failed to turn up but we made it.        Like all camps, we have good days,     cash/prize donations would be
             It worked with a few scares on the       bad days and memories that will          gratefully received.
           way and that was the beginning of          remain with us for many years.             Having organised and managed all
           Geilo as a base for the winter training      When we first began to train we        the Geilo camps, I’m proud of the
           of the main squad.                         had no equipment of our own and all      ESSKiA achievements in 10 years –
             A bonus in 1994 was a trip to the        were begged borrowed – or even           and with the support of schools,
           Winter Olympics at Lillyhammer for         bought! Over the years we have           parents and trainees I hope we can
           the Women’s Super G at Kvitfjell. We       acquired our own poles, drill, flags,    continue to improve and show the
           were collected by bus at 02.30 hrs         radios which make us almost self -       benefits that so many have enjoyed.


                                                                           Route to success at
                                                                           special FIS seminar
                                                                           Interested in finding out more about organising races on
                                                                           snow? Helping to organise races, or thinking about it?
                                                                           Need to get updated on the new rules for FIS and British
                                                                           races? Moving on from racing to organising? Want to find
                                                                           out more to help your athletes succeed?
                                                                             The annual update seminar organised by FIS and the
                                                                           British TD forum will take place in Cambridge on
                                                                           Saturday, 13 November 2004.
                                                                             Aimed at TDs, race organisers and race secretaries,
                                                                           race officials, coaches, racers, ex-racers and interested
                                                                           parents, this one day seminar is required training for all
                                                                           TDs, and is the next stage on from Snowsport England
                   INSTRUCTORS NEEDED                                      level 1 and 2 training.
              Ski-ing Europe will require BASI / CSIA / PSIA qualified       Led by an FIS TD commissioner, subjects normally
         ski instructors and snowboard instructors for the 2004/5          include rules and rule changes, security and safety
          winter season. You will work alongside our current team of       issues, organising races and often include technical
           instructors and local ski schools for one/two/three week        experts from the ski industry.
         periods teaching our school, youth and some adult groups in         Sessions are usually interactive with lots of
         various alpine resorts during the peak school holiday times of    opportunity to become involved and make your points or
        New Year, Half Term (mid-February) and Easter, plus some other     to find out why. Lunch and coffee breaks give more
          weeks. Also required are competent, sociable, experienced        opportunity to get involved.
               skiers to act as representatives and /or ski friends.         The seminar is free with a small charge for lunch and
         A good fully inclusive package will be offered and you should     coffee.
                       contact Brian Snook sending a CV to:
         Ski-ing Europe, c/o 40 Meadow View, Potterspury, Towcester,       s Contact Derek Metters dmetters@aol.com who is
            Northants NN12 7PH / E –Mail bks@hgconstruct.co.uk             co-ordinating Snowsport England attendances for more
           Tel (mobile) 07976 707041 / 01908 542469 (evenings)             information.
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                Young Jake’s
                message for
                the Minister
                Teenager Jake Richardson took the the opportunity to
                challenge the Government’s Sports Minister on a
                recent trip to the House of Commons.
                   Jake, aged 14, a member of the British Children’s Ski
                Squad, received an invitation from his local Norwich
                MP and keen skier Dr Ian Gibson to visit the House of
                Commons and sit in on Prime Minister’s Question Time.
                   Jake said: “I was interested in making an issue about
                the poor funding our sport receives – especially at my
                level. Dr Gibson agreed with my comments and
                arranged for me to meet Richard Caborn, the Sports
                Minister.”
                   Before the visit, Jake made contact with GB team-
                mates, offering to pass on any questions to the
                Minister. “I received about a dozen questions and          Jale’s plea: Jake joins Dr Ian Gibson (left) and
                typed up a letter,” said Jake. “I wanted the Minister to   Sports Minister Richard Caborn.
                respond in writing to me.”
                   “Most of the questions related to funding and my        really quite surprised when I told him how much my
                personal issue is, when I’m representing my country,       mum and dad have to pay when I’m asked to go and
                the least they could do was cover my expenses. After       race for my country. He promised to look into it.
                all, if my dad goes away for his company they pay his        “I have received a letter back from the Minister, but
                hotel and travelling costs.”                               unfortunately I wasn’t able to change any opinions and
                   On the day Jake was given a tour of the Palace of       there isn’t any immediate government funding for
                Westminster and sat in on PM’s Question Time after         athletes my age.
                which he had tea with Richard Caborn on the House of         “Which is a bit of a shame because if you invested in
                Commons Terrace.                                           the current GB Children’s Team now, we would
                   “Mr Caborn was well up on his knowledge of skiing,”     progress and go on to win World Cup and Olympic
                said Jake. “He knew all our senior athletes, but was       medals. So it’s still up to mum and dad …”




   Two vans deliver                                                                                SKIshows2004
                                                                                                   s 8 – 10 October
                                                                                                   British Ski & Snowboard Show –


   Snoasis proposal                                                                                NEC Birmingham
                                                                                                   s 10 October
                                                                                                   Big Air (AIM Invitational only) –
                                                                                                   Glasgow City Centre.
    The giant Snoasis project proposed for        more than a thousand jobs.                       s 13 – 17 October
   Great Blakenham, near Ipswich in East             The centre would also be a base for           Daily Mail Ski & Snowboard
   Anglia is being considered by Suffolk          training for international competition and       Show – Olympia, London.
   District councillors, who took delivery of     would hope to follow Snow World in the           s 23 – 24 October
   120,000 pages of documentation                 Netherlands in hosting FIS recognised            Artificial British Slope Style
   delivered in two Transit vans.                 international snow sports competitions.          Championships plus
     The £320 million project, at the old Blue       The Council's planning team estimated         Boarder/Skier X, Halfpipe Jam
   Circle cement works, would include the         it would take them about a week to work          Session – Sheffield.
   largest indoor ski slope in the world.         through the 120,000 pages of                     s 23 – 24 October
   Other facilities would include an outside      documentation supporting the                     Northern Ski & Snowboard
   toboggan run, an ice skating rink which        application, the culmination of four years’      Show – G-Mex Centre,
   would include the UK's only speed skating      work by the company behind the project,          Manchester
   track, a conference centre, an hotel and a     Onslow Suffolk Ltd.                              s 13 – 14 November
   cinema. A new £5 million rail station             Because of the regional significance of
                                                                                                   Scottish Snow Show – The
   would be built to serve the facility. If it    the project, it will also go to the East of
                                                                                                   Cornbow, Edinburgh.
   gets the go-ahead, it is expected to create    England Regional Assembly.
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           Building up bodies for
           future full-time teams
                 August saw the England Alpine squad summer training in Saas Fee, Switzerland,
                 so Barry Spouge popped in for a quick chat with Coach Tim Fawke.

           BS How many have you out here this time?                      glacier they practise runs through the poles and analyse
           TF We have got 13 out this time, (four girls and nine guys)   each run afterwards with the coach.
           all enjoying it, they have been out in France prior to           Snow conditions dictate how long we remain up here.
           coming to Saas Fee, some have been out quite a long           Today it will be about 11.30am when we go down. Then
           time as with them being on school holiday we have to          we have lunch, chill out for a bit then we start on the
           use the time as effectively as we can.                        fitness, mixing in some harder fitness with some ball
                                                                         games, volleyball, football and generally trying to
           BS How many camps do you have?                                educate them into why they need the fitness which is
           TF We have around four weeks in summer, two weeks in          hugely important to them.
           October, a month at Christmas, some weekends between
           Christmas and February and then some time over Easter.        BS What’s it like being a full time coach now?
                                                                         TF It’s a lot better than last year when I had to spend a lot
           BS What’s the Summer Camp plan on a day like                  of unpaid time to organise a lot of the camps. Now I have
           today ?                                                       the chance to get the best out of the athletes.
           TF It’s not an easy life for squad members; they have to
           get up early each morning to catch the lift at around         BS Do you mix with the GB team while you are
           6.45am (and the best snow conditions). Once up on the         out here?
                                                                         TF Yes we talk to the athletes and the coaches, find out
                                                                         what they are working on, how things are going with
                                                                         them, most of the guys and girls know each other now
                NATIVES.CO.UK                                            anyway. Its great for the squad to see other World Cup
                                                                         athletes in action we have the top people out here like
            The UK’s No 1 ski job website –                              Pallender so they can see what they do.
              apply for chef, chalet, rep,
            managerial jobs & many more.                                 BS How do athletes come into the national squad –
                                                                         from a dry skiing background?
                  web: www.natives.co.uk                                 TF Yes, we have some that have started on dry slopes
                                                                         then gone on to snow, some that have lived abroad, then
                     tel: 08700 463377                                   you get some that are say half Swiss . Most of today’s
                 email: jobs@natives.co.uk                               squad have come from the Children’s teams, some from
                                                                         clubs that produce a lot of racers, a lot have started on
                                                                         dry slopes from a young age putting in a lot of time and
                                                                         effort then going out on snow where its shown good
                                                                         results in the English and British Championships.

                                                                         BS Do you work closely with the Children’s
                                                                         ski team?
                                                                         TF In the past I’ve done some coaching and been on the
                                                                         race trips with them. They come out here as well and I get
                                                                         to see which kids are coming up next, there isn’t that
                                                                         many kids that you don’t know who’s coming up next.

        PLASTIC SLOPE WAXES
                                                                         s The luxury chalet company ‘Ski Out of the Blue’ has continued to
            q ULTRA HARD POLAR X                                         loan minibuses to the Alpine Team during their Summer and
                                                                         October camps. This has been a huge help to the Team, as at
            q SUPER SLIP CREAM                                           present the Team does not have a vehicle sponsor. The cost of
            q SOFT ‘N’ SLIPPY WAX POLISH                                 hiring a minibus is a large expense and we would like to say a big
                                                                         thank you to them. ‘Ski Out of the Blue’ is based in Meribel and
            q SLALOM POLES - SNOW & PLASTIC                              have Chalets close to the centre of town. For full details go to
                                                                         www.skiblue.co.uk
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           Photo call: The England Alpine squad in summer training (back row) Craig Robinson, Carlton Rowlands,
           Christine Findlay, Adam Gellatly, Joanna Ryding, Mike Colyer, Michelle Sole, Georgie Hunt, Peter Whelan,
           Gemma Harris, Peter Bruton, Dominic Black; (front row) Mike Barker, Dave Ryding, Tim Fawke.


           BS Have you any good prospects for the future?
           TF There’s a few youngsters, Ed Drake, who has just
           made it into the GB squad; there’s Dave Ryding, he            Youngsters pick
           started a bit later but has made huge improvements.
           They come to me at about 14-15 years old, people
           develop at different speeds so, if they don’t come on
                                                                         up resort work
           until they are 15, they have still got the time to develop.
                                                                         via website search
           BS With regard to skis, do any companies
           actually sponsor them?                                        www.natives.co.uk, the website for finding ski or
           TF With various importers into the UK we have good            snowboard jobs, is encouraging students to enjoy a great
           deals and they are getting better in this sort of help but    winter.
           most of the kids have to pay, some of them have                  Iain Martin, Natives' managing director, believes there
           individual deals with their local shops and importers.        are many more snowsport mad 18-year-olds planning
           It’s tough on families if they have a child who wants to      their year out who simply aren't aware of the
           make the grade.                                               opportunities available to them.
                                                                            “We are definitely getting more and more inquiries from
           BS What are your aims for this year?                          younger people who are desperate to work a season
           TF It’s my job to produce athletes that will get to a level   before they start university or college.
           where they can go on to the British team. There’s a few          “As well as job listings, the website gives advice on
           who will not go straight into it; Ed did, he made it          what to take with you, what to expect and how to make
           straight through. There is a home nations full-time           the most of your season,” said Mr Martin.
           team, and there’s a group of them who will spend a full-         Ben Hicks, who graduated this summer with a degree in
           time season with them next year. I want to build them         Management from Hull University, found his gap year ski
           up so that they are ready to be able to cope with the         resort job through Natives just as he and his two friends
           team full-time.                                               began to lose hope of tracking down work before the start
                                                                         of the ski season.
           BS Is there a different pressure when you get to                 Ben, aged 21, of Beverley, Yorkshire, said: “We found
           the full-time team?                                           the Natives website via a web search and spotted a job
           TF Well their fitness needs to be a lot better and they       listing for a hotel in Switzerland that wanted kitchen staff,
           will want to get a lot out of that year so it’s a case of     logged our details. Within a day or so the owner had
           building them up for it, hopefully they will then make it     telephoned us!"
           to the British team.
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                                                                           On a flying visit to Saas Fee, Barry Spouge
                                                                           bumped into Britain’s best-known skier Alain Baxter

                                   Thomson is trading name of TUI UK Ltd   BS How’s the training going for you?
                                                                           AB I’m really happy. I decided to change skis at the end of
                                                                           the season to Atomic. I did a lot of testing at the end of the
                                                                           season and so far so good ... boots, bindings and skis.
                                                            Esso Uk Ltd

                                                                           BS What decided you to change?
                                                                           AB Well when you run a test you get a piste set up and
                                                                           they come from the company and you test against your
                                                                           own skis. It’s on times roughly, you keep going until
                                                                           conditions get better so you can test them. It’s whoever
                                                                           comes out on top, it’s tough because you can’t test on ice
                                          Manby International Sportswear
                                                                           or man-made snow, you have to kind of make your
                                                                           decision and stick with it.

                                                                           BS What expectations have you set yourself for
                                                                           this season then?
                                                                           AB I haven’t really set any. I can ski as well as anyone, I
                                                                           know that and I’ve proved it in training time and time again
                                                                           and in the odd race I do as well. Though last year was not
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                                                                           then like 18th, 19th etc. I had four top 20s it’s not bad, one
                                                                           of my best seasons in the World Cup but I expected a lot
                                                                           more and when you see some of my run times coming
                                                                           down and maybe having a good start number, I’m getting
                                                                           maybe a 3rd / 4th best time. If I can do that it’s not a
                                                                           problem.

                                                                           BS Obviously conditions play a big part in what
                                                                           happens on the day, if the conditions are not great
         Carrs of Sheffield
                                                                           its difficult isn’t it?
                                                                           AB Yes and you can get skis that don’t react well in certain
                                                                           conditions, which makes the whole thing a whole lot
                                                                           tougher and it’s a different ball game. If you can even that
                                                                           out, I mean everyone’s in the same boat.

                                                                           BS Start numbers affect where you are as well?
                                                                           AB Yes the guy who leads the first run is normally starting
                                                                           in the top seven then he has to go later in the second run
                                                                           or if he’s leading he will go 30th and then he’s got to ski in
                                                                           the rough stuff. So it works both ways.

                                                                           BS Who do think are the main competitors to
                                                                           yourself, apart from your brother that is?
                                                                           AB Obviously there are the guys in the top 7 they are the
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                                                                                                                Continued on page 16
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           Who said skiing was a glamorous life? Ask                   the training courses – the skiers catch the lift at
           Chemmy Alcott, England’s and Britain’s leading              around 6.45am. They ski until around 11.30am,
           female skier. She loves every minute of it and still        depending on weather conditions, then they come
           admits to not being able to sleep the night before          down for a break to relax. Then it all starts again at
           skiing – competition or recreational – as she told          around 2pm with fitness training – which can
           Barry Spouge, who paid a visit to the GB Team               involve anything from running, cycling, volleyball
           Summer Camp in Saas Fee in August. Here he was              or working in the gym and goes on until around
           able to spend time with both Chemmy and Alain               5pm when they finish for the day.
           Baxter, who were training, testing and preparing              Imagine this 5-6 days a week! Even when they’re
           for the forthcoming FIS/Audi World Cup season.              back in the UK, the day is then taken up with
             The ‘glamour’ starts at around 5.30am – the               general fitness training. So it’s not all about
           coaches catch the first lift up at 6.30am to prepare        ‘glamour’ , it’s about commitment.



           A ‘glamorous’ sport ...
           that starts at 5.30am
           Chemmy shot into the public gaze
           after finishing 11th in Lake Louise
           and 9th in Cortina last year.
             A lot is expected of her this season,
           not least by herself and she is fully
           committed. Chemmy is intent on
           making her presence felt this season.
             Surrounded by the beautiful Swiss
           scenery we talked about her dreams
           and aspirations.

           BS You started skiing at eighteen
           months. When did you realise
           you were really enjoying skiing?
           CA When I was young, before I was
           10, there were always a lot of races
           like Burns races up in Scotland and it
           was really competitive and there
           wasn’t segregation between girls and
           guys. We used to race the boys and
           when I started beating the boys at 9
           and 10, it was like, hang on I could do
           this.
              And then I was on the British
           Children’s team and the first World
           Championship I went to in Garnish I
           won a gold there and that was at the
           point where I decided. I used to be a
           tennis player as well and I said
           suppress the tennis and focus on the
           skiing. At that age, it was quite
           tough. At 13 you have to start
           thinking about fitness and nutrition,
           that wasn’t really what I wanted to
           think about, but it has all paid off and
           it was fun.

           Continued on pages 12-15                   High hopes: Alain Baxter and Chemmy Alcott in training at Saas Fee.
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            BS You’ve come on to make a career               you always look to the person ahead of                                                                                                     BS How do you actually prepare for a           beeps start going, you can’t start thinking
            out of it. How did that follow through
            from liking it, enjoying it and the
                                                             you. I think there are still loads of people
                                                             for me to look up to and I keep getting                                                               Mum cried                            race? What programme do you
                                                                                                                                                                                                        follow?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       are my boots done up, what haven’t I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       done, am I ready?
            children’s team?                                 pushed by the girls behind so it’s a really

            CA Yes, you see the kids out here and
                                                             healthy environment.
                                                                                                                                                                    down the                            CA You just want to feel confident. If you
                                                                                                                                                                                                        need one day on snow to feel confident or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BS What’s race day like?

            there is so much respect for each one on         BS What do you think is the biggest                                                                                                        five days before a race, whatever, you just    CA My best race was Cortina. I got up that
            the team, but at the same time there is
            rivalry and I think that is really healthy. In
                                                             single improvement that you have
                                                             made in the last year?
                                                                                                                                                                    phone ...                           do what you feel is right. Because I do
                                                                                                                                                                                                        four disciplines, I have quite a heavy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       morning having slept in. I’d gone to bed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       too late. I put my water bottle in my bag
            the Austrian team at that age they’ve got                                                                                                                                                   programme so I’ll be racing on a GS World      with my cat suit – and my water leaked all
            the rivalry, but there is no respect, they
            will do anything to win. But having said
                                                             CA Everything happens at the same time.
                                                             Last year I spent four months in Salzburg
                                                                                                                                                                       ‘Don’t                           Cup on a Sunday and I’ll have to do a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Super G on the next Wednesday so I can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       over it. I got the suit out 15 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       before the race and it was frozen cold. In
            that I think my parents might have
            preferred it if I had gone into tennis. At
            the Olympics, I remember phoning my
                                                             physical training, no social life, nothing.
                                                             I went in there and all I did was train,
                                                             eat and sleep. I also changed to
                                                                                                                                                                      do any                            go on that Tuesday do 2 runs of Super G
                                                                                                                                                                                                        feel good and go right I’m ready. So, no, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                        don’t really have a fixed programme I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the start gate, they called the start down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       because of big winds, and then all these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       winds were just absorbing all the warmth
            mum after the downhill, and hearing her
            crying down the phone: “Don’t do any
            more downhills – please.”
                                                             Fischers. The company is really
                                                             helpful. I am one of their top ranked
                                                             speed skiers, and they know that, so
                                                                                                                                                                        more                            think you can get too focused on that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        What if something changes, the weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                        is bad and you can’t ski – you can’t be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and I’m just thinking I’m really cold oh I’d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       better go now – and there you go!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Preparation? Well, I did notice that every
            In the skiing environment, the travel, the
            people, it’s just such a really friendly
                                                             they give me their best skis. I did a
                                                             lot of work mentally, I got a new                                                                     downhills                            superstitious like that.                       time something went wrong for me it took
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       my focus off the whole event.
            sport.                                           sports psychologist and we just                                                                                                            BS Which of the disciplines do you

            BS Can you try too hard, obviously
                                                             clicked. I think it was an
                                                             accumulation of everything at the
                                                                                                                                                                    – please’                           like most?                                     BS Why do you think you did so well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       that day?
            standing in the start gate, gearing              right time. I grew up a lot as well.                                                                                                       CA I like them all, seriously it’s the
            yourself up?                                                                                                                                                                                difference and the variety. I couldn’t be a    CA I think the weather played a part, plus
                                                             BS Is funding better than it                                                                                                               one-discipline skier. I couldn’t go up 300     the fact I was relaxed and because I was
            CA Yes, that is actually one of my biggest       was five years ago?                                                                                                                        days a year and train and race one             really angry because the day before I had
            problems because I’ve got very quick                                                                                                                                                        discipline. I’m too impatient for that.        skied really well, but I’d put the wrong
            reactions. When I do downhill and things         CA Yes. I’m really lucky. After the                                                                                                                                                       wax on and finished 32nd, my worst
            I’ve got to do a lot psychologically on this.    Olympics Witan came on board and                                                                                                           BS Most people don’t know the                  downhill event that season. I knew I could
            I see everything in ‘Chemmy time’ and it is      Marks & Spencer and Audi recently                                                                                                          difference between a Super G and a             do Cortina so I was really angry and the
            really slow. I can watch a girl come down        and Fischers . It is great to be                                                                                                           Downhill. From a skier’s point of view         hill owed me something, but I was really
            after me, who I have beaten, but I think         recognised and be British.                                                                                                                 what is the difference?                        relaxed and I wanted Witan, my sponsors
            that she is really fast, so I get really                                                                                                                                                                                                   to see me at my best.
            impatient and agitated when I am going           BS How do you view your chances                                                                                                            CA For me I think Super G is the hardest
            down and try and make speed.                     in the coming World Cup season?                                                                                                            event ... when you’re going 70-80mph and       BS Do you think anything on the way
                                                                                                                                                                                                        you’re going into the course blind. You get    down or does it all go so quickly?
            BS Yes, they say it’s about relaxation           CA If you look at my splits last                             Lucky girl: Chemmy Alcott,                                                    to inspect it, but you don’t get to run it,
            and you can be too tense.                        year my average split on the                                 whose season highlight                                                        whereas in downhill you get at least one       CA Usually you can’t think of anything.
                                                             steep was top five in the                                    was being kissed by                                                           training run before the event. In Super G,     You get to the bottom and people meet
            CA Finding your Zen bubble and all that. I       world. It was just the flat                                  Alberto Tomba on the                                                          you’re in the start gate and you just have     you and say what were you thinking. I
            I’ve had Graham Bell phoning me up after         that was holding me back and I                               podium at Lake Louise.                                                        to race, and it takes a lot of guts.           don’t remember the course at all. And, in
            every flat downhill I have ever done             have done a lot of work on it this summer                                                                                                                                                 Cortina, strangely the last bit is very flat
            saying ‘Just relax, find your Zen.’              and I will continue to do so. I’m one of        podium with a winner’s medal. You            in the race came up to me and shook my        BS What do you think of when you’re            and I came around the last bend and I
                                                             those skiers who if I have a good run I can     always remember your Top Tens, and           hand and said good job.                       standing in the start gate and the             heard the crowd going mad and the
            BS Has any particular skier or person            be up there but I am also of the nature         being kissed by Alberto Tomba on the                                                       time is ticking down? What is going            commentator, who you never hear, so I
            been a particular influence on you so            where I do make a lot of mistakes. I know       podium was the highlight of my last          BS And the next day you appeared in           through your mind at that point?               actually pulled my bullies (in English, I
            far as your skiing is concerned?                 I will ski fast if I am happy.                  season.                                      the British papers which, until then,                                                        went lower in my tuck) sensing I was
                                                                                                                                                          had been unheard of.                          CA You’ll laugh at this one: a variety of      having a good run. When I actually
            CA When I was younger it was all about           BS Your greatest achievement was                BS So it’s good to finish in the Top                                                       things, but mostly ‘Maximus’ from              finished there was a great roar and the
            the Tomba era and Panella Wiberg. I think        really the 9th place at Cortina.                Ten then as far as you are concerned.        CA It was great. But it goes up and down.     Gladiator the movie. A few years ago I did     number 9 and my name was flashing and
            when I was about 12 someone said I                                                                                                            Next season I will be starting number 1       a lot of work with visualising and for me      everyone was screaming.
            looked like her and so that was all I            CA That was great, I think the highlight of     CA Yes, and it was a day when everyone       and 2 in Super G and Downhill, which is       ‘Maximus’ epitomises everything I wanted
            needed. I said I am going to be like her         my season was when I got the 11th at            noticed because I came from the back         the toughest position to start, so I just     to do in skiing: he was strong, nothing
            then and she happened to be winning              Lake Louise in Super G because I didn’t         and did it – and it was really bad weather   hope I can keep control of that, because if   fazed him and he was really competitive. I
            everything. So it was a good motivation to       realise I could do that. I set myself targets   and I got a lot of respect. The best thing   I can get through the first two months of     just get into the start gate thinking of him
            go out there. But even in a British team         and that was a dream, standing on the           about that day was that every single girl    the season I just know I can do anything.     and I’m fired up, ready to go. When those      Continued on page 14




            ‘Gladiator epitomises all I want in skiing’
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            ‘I just sat on that lift, cold - but I wouldn’t swap it’
            Continued from page 13                      BS How do you stay focused and                BS They say skiing is all about
                                                        motivated with all the training               aggression, attacking a course. Is
            BS Are you confident about the              that goes on?                                 it the same for you?
            next Winter Olympics?
                                                        CA I love it, every bit of it. The fitness,   CA Yes I am a very fiery person
            CA Yes. We went to an Olympic               the skiing – like this morning was a          because I’ve been brought up in a
            conference the other day and they           tough day. I was up there, I didn’t           very competitive environment. I have
            said right, you’ve got 600 days to the      take my jacket, it was rather wet. I          three older brothers, lots of
            next Olympics and you’ve got to             thought this is rather interesting. I         testosterone around, and I’ve always
            make a goal for every single day.           just sat on that lift really cold and         been a fighter. I’m competitive in
            We have not even qualified for them         thought what’s happening to my                everything, probably overly so, but it
            yet so I just take each day as it           body now and how am I going to use            does help in skiing. But you do have a
            comes. For us the World Cup is              this on another day. But I wouldn’t           lot of girls here who do err on the
            much more competitive than the              swap it for anything.                         technical side of being smooth and
            Olympics. I say, if I can get a top 10 in                                                 really feel the snow but I’m much
            the World Cup I can get a Top 7 in an                                                     more aggressive that’s why certain
            Olympics.                                                                                 pistes suit me and certain events.



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           BS More than ever young skiers           good and I can be part of it. I know          really healthy it’s great that TV skiing
           look to Chemmy Alcott and Alain          that skiing won’t be around forever           rights are competitively fought over,
           Baxter as role models. What does         and there are things that you can             particularly when you think of the
           it take to be a world class              pursue at the same time, like in the          millions that are paid for football. It’s
           performer?                               media and modelling, although I               amazing getting to the bottom and
                                                    couldn’t be a conventional model.             have a camera thrust in your face,
           CA I am amazed they think I’m cool.                                                    really amazing. I have the French,
           You need to persevere. In any sport      BS Is it difficult balancing skiing           who want to claim me because I went
           you have highlights, but there are low   with modelling?                               to school there, the Austrians want
           times as well. You have to be stronger                                                 me because my parents were
           in those times than you have to be       CA No, but I’m a ski racer first and          Austrian, then the Swedish because
           when at the top and I think that’s       foremost. I do modelling because I            I’m blonde and the Swiss because I
           where people forget to dig deep and      can then justify the money I spend on         speak French, so when you get to the
           think it’s too tough. I watched          myself knowing that I have actually           bottom everyone wants a bit of you!
           ‘Touching the Void’ a couple of weeks    worked for this. When I get money             Millions of stories have been written
           ago and it’s amazing the physical        from skiing it’s like it isn’t really work,   on how “Look at all these Brits
           endurance those guys must have           it’s fun. When I got my first prize           coming through”.
           had. I sometimes complain
           about doing 50 press-ups, these                                                               BS With the Olympics
           guys went for 10 days without
           food. Also a good coach.
           Coaches can take you really far
                                                    My advice?                                           coming up, is there a
                                                                                                         chance that a Brit can
                                                                                                         deliver a medal?
           but I think the British system is
           so good now you can really trust
           it. It’s so structured, in fact we
                                                    Just keep                                            CA I certainly would love Alain
                                                                                                         to win a medal after last time, I
           have taken about three coaches                                                                think he deserves one more
           from other really top class teams.
                                                    enjoying                                             than anyone I know, that
                                                                                                         would be great. Obviously I
           BS What advice would you                                                                      would like one too but I have
           give to a young skier who
           wants to be the next Chemmy
           Alcott?
                                                    your skiing                                          got more time on my hands.

                                                                                                         BS So when is your first
                                                                                                         race this season?
           CA Keep enjoying things. Don’t
           take it all too seriously. Lots of                                                            CA October 23 is the World
           youngsters fall into the trap that                                                            Cup opener in Solden, that’s
           racing is everything. You’ve got                                                              highlighted, ringed and circled
           to keep the enjoyment factor. I                                                               on my calendars.
           mean if you don’t smile at the
           end of a day’s skiing then you                                                                BS What is the programme
           have to assess whether it’s for                                                               between now and then?
           you or not.
                                                                                                         CA Well, this is our first ski
           BS Do you have much time for                                                                  camp we do two weeks on and
           a social life?                                                                                then a week and a half off at
                                                                                                         home and then two weeks on
           CA I have as much social life as I                                                            and so on.
           need right now. All my friends are
           skiers, basically about 80 per                                                                BS Do you always come
           cent, lots of the girls I went to                                                             back to Saas Fee?
                                                     Amazed: A cool Chemmy Alcott.
           school with I still get on really
           well with, but they don’t really                                                               CA I do Saas Fee, Zermatt, I do
           understand where I’m coming from.        money that meant nothing to me –              Zermatt for Downhill, it depends on
                                                    standing on the podium with all these         the snow its very flexible. I just get in
           BS Do you still do any of the            other great names meant more.                 that plane and go knowing that I’m
           modelling you have done in the                                                         going skiing. Can you imagine that I
           past?                                    BS What do you see yourself                   still can’t sleep the night before I’m
                                                    doing after skiing?                           going skiing, you’d think after 20
           CA I do quite a lot in the summer                                                      years of doing it I wouldn’t still be like
           when I’m not skiing. It’s really fun.    CA I’d like to be a TV presenter.             an excited little child going to
           Marks & Spencer are the best                                                           Disneyworld, but I am. I lie in bed at
           company to work for. They always         BS What on Ski Sunday?                        night and think I’m not going to be
           invite me to champagne and               CA That would be interesting. I think         able to sleep tonight I’m going skiing
           strawberry teas! The range is really     the Channel 4 – Ski Sunday rivalry is         tomorrow. Yippee!
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       16              THE   piste                                                                                    September 2004




       ‘I want to get on the podium’
       Continued from page 10                                                                     BS Are Atomic giving you a lot of
                                                                      Olympics hopeful:           technical assistance?
       BS Are you looking forward to the                              Alain Baxter.               AB Yes. You get the advancements in
       Olympics, after all the problems of                                                        technology, Kalle skis on them too, so
       the last one?                                                                              you get to know what’s happening. They
       AB Yes, very much. My eyes are set on                                                      have a lot more than just the Austrians
       this season so far. You can’t look too far                                                 skiing on them now.
       ahead in skiing because you’ve got to be
       in there and we have got the World                                                         BS Do you think more money should
       Championships this year in Bormio, Italy.                                                  be put into skiing?
       I feel that’s a good piste for me, although                                                AB There always have been good British
       I didn’t do too well last time I was there.   Cup, it’s been hard for me to compete.       skiers, but I think we have now got more
                                                     Something with GS didn’t work for me         at a higher level and more across the
       BS When’s your first race?                    last season.                                 board: men, women, slalom, downhill.
       AB It depends whether I’m going to do                                                      The thing about funding in Great Britain
       the GS in Solden in October.                  BS On the day how do you decide              was that it aimed more at the top end
                                                     what skis you are going to use and           than the junior development. Now we’ve
       BS Is that something you are trying           what set up you are going to have or         got a system, people at a younger age
       to decide on the basis of what you            do you rely on your technicians?             with the talent will come through if they
       want to do, or think you are better           AB Conditions can be so diverse, so you      stick it out. That’s what its all about.
       off doing?                                    have one set for ice and another for soft
       AB Slalom for me is my event, it always       snow. You get to take two pairs up and       BS How do you stay motivated,
       has been, there’s a great difference in my    you ski it the day before, but then again    having been in skiing for so long?
       world ranking, last year I had my GS          they may decide to water it the night        AB I want to get on the podium, so that
       down to 100th in the world, which is the      before so when you turn up in the            keeps me going. And I have a fresh head
       best I have ever been. But, on the World      morning it’s sheet ice!                      on this year with changing equipment.


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           September 2004                                                                                  THE   piste                   17

           Hermann Maier, last
           season’s overall winner of
           the FIS/Audi World Cup is
           training hard to defend his
           title.

           After a short break, he
           resumed training in the
           gym and on the slopes.

           Barry Spouge phoned
           Hermann to find out how
           he felt about last season
           and his plans for the
           forthcoming World Cup
           series


                                                     Essential reading: Hermann Maier checks out the Piste.




           ‘Winning the World Cup
           was a dream come true’
           BS How did it feel to win the                HM I already started training. In the      BS Rumour has it that you will be
           overall title last season?                   beginning it was mostly cardio based –     changing ski suppliers from
           HM This was just unbelievable! I             running or ergometer biking. This is       Atomic, is this true?
           considered this season as a comeback         followed by co-ordination work and         HM No, this is not true. I already
           and just wanted to do better than last       strength training. In July we started      signed a three-year-contract till 2007
           season – I wanted to win some races.         skiing again on the glacier (Zermatt,      with Atomic!
           But winning the overall World Cup was        Switzerland). In August we went to
           like a dream coming true for me.             Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, where          BS Do you feel that your leg has
                                                        we had three weeks of solid training       recovered to its former strength
           BS What have you been doing                  on snow (downhill, Super-G, GS).           following last season?
           during the summer break?                                                                HM Unfortunately not – my leg is still
           HM I didn’t have too much time to            BS Having made last year your              lacking feeling because too many
           relax. I had lots of PR appointments         ‘comeback’ season what are you             nerves have been damaged. I’m
           and I was skiing to test new material. I     looking to achieve this winter?            realistic enough having realized that it
           went to Italy for a few days, and I had      HM I’m looking forward to the World        will never be the same than before the
           some nice tours with my motor bike.          Championships in Bormio, Italy. On a       accident.
           After receiving the “Laureus award” as       downhill and Super-G course I really
           “World Comeback Athlete of the Year”         like – one of my favourites. After         BS What was the best thing last
           in Lisbon, I stayed on in Portugal.          winning downhill and Super-G races         season, outside of winning the
                                                        last season, everything should be          overall title?
           BS When do you start training for            possible!                                  HM Winning downhill races again. The
           the coming season?                                                                      victories in Beaver Creek and St. Anton
           HM I started in the middle of May –          BS Who do you think are your               really meant a lot to me!
           right after returning from Portugal. To      greatest rivals for the coming
           get ready for the season you have to         season?
           build a solid basement.                      HM It’s hard to say in the summer. I’m
                                                        expecting having the same rivals as        We will be keeping up to date with
           BS What is the plan between now              last year, and if Lasse Kjus and Kjetil-   Hermann’s title defence by telephone
           and the start of the season in               Andre Amodt from Norway are fit again      during the course of the forthcoming
           October?                                     it is going to be real tough!              season.
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            Goal setting so vital to
            achieving ambitions
            Continued from page 3                     feedback to each other.                  required of the Snowsport England
                                                         Snowsport safety is paramount at      Development Coach.
              All ten skiers left the course with     all times and the first week this is        The entire process is designed to
            clear action plans and in full            investigated with the use of risk        be enjoyable and to build on the
            knowledge of their strengths and          assessments and appraisals of            current competence of aspirant
            areas for development for their           dangers and hazards.                     coaches.
            forthcoming training sessions. Goal          The effective coach manages their        It demands a great deal from
            setting and action plans are crucial to   equipment and the environment so         participants and encourages them to
            achieving aspirations and currently       that these resources serve them well     take responsibility for their own
            each of the ten aspirant coaches are      in their work and during the course.     learning and development. Naturally
            training, with guidance from their        Evidence of this is generated during     during courses of this duration and
            mentor coaches, at their home slopes      the first week of the course so that     intensity team building occurs and
            in England.                               any necessary changes can be made        participants find one another a
            So what does the course                   during the second week.                  source of information and inspiration.
            actually involve?                            Additionally, in the second week         The design of the course delivery
              A great deal of training, fun and       the focus shifts to the coaching         enhances this process and requires
            hard work, including 60 hours of on-      process. Participants further practice   participants to have dialogue with
            ski training spread over the 12 days      analysing performance, setting action    each other and be a support in each
            and two hours each evening of             points and learn tools to assist in      others professional development.
            discussion and reviews.                   scoring performance against given        This aspect is continuing at their
              The first week’s focus is primarily     model performances.                      home slopes with some of the
            skiing performance: practicing Core          Exploration of a range of coaching    aspirant coaches coming together for
            Form skiing, the Technical Pathways,      and learning methods gives way to        ongoing training with their mentor
            the Fundamentals, All Mountain – All      participants delivering brief sessions   coaches.
            Terrain skiing and Skill Drills.          themselves.                                 The Development Coach
              During this time skiing                    Here the evaluation process is        certification is aimed at all current
            performance is developed and the          given as much credence as the            ASSIs who have experience of
            knowledge and understanding of            planning and delivery of sessions.       instructing skiers on artificial slopes
            effective and functional skiing.             The course culminates in personal     (including snow-domes) and who
              The team is built from day one and      performance scoring sessions which       have experience of skiing on snow.
            participants are encouraged to            clearly establish where each                Potential aspirant coaches are
            practice their analysis skills through    participant is in relation to the        motivated to gain knowledge and
            partner skiing and providing              technical and coaching levels            understanding of coaching and to
                                                                                               improve their skiing performance
                                                                                               over the entire mountain, taking in
                                                                                               not only groomed slopes but also
                                                                                               bumps, variable terrain and changing
                                                                                               snow conditions.
                                                                                                  Ultimately, the Snowsport England
                                                                                               Development Coach will be someone
                                                                                               who inspires and assists other skiers
                                                                                               to attain skiing performances beyond
                                                                                               their own levels; one of the signs of a
                                                                                               great coach.
                                                                                               s For details of the course contact
                                                                                               John Arnold via www. johnarnold.biz;
                                                                                               for booking details, contact the
                                                                                               Course Organiser, World Class Skiing
                                                                                               on 08452 301520 and www.world
                                                                                               classskiing.net which organises the
                                                                                               travel and accommodation on behalf
                                                                                               of Snowsport England; for general
                                                                                               enquiries contact the Snowsport
                                                                                               England office.
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           September 2004                                                                                   THE   piste                     19

           Norway may not offer the same
           dramatic Alpine scenery found in
           many European resorts, but it does
           offer a unique wilderness
           environment.
              Kvitavatn is a small resort with a
           dozen or so lifts and pistes which
           offer a suprising range of skiing. No
           queuing, no pushing, no barging or
           bad manners! The hustle and bustle
           of most downhill skiing venues is left
           far behind.
              The pistes, a couple of minutes’
           walk from the accommodation, are
           well maintained with good lift
           facilities. The accommodation is
           simple, clean, comfortable and very         Rest break: Ski tourers in action round Kvitavatn.
           friendly.
              The resort offers little in the way of
           apres-ski other than what you make
           yourself with your friends and other
           course participants. The best thing
           however, apart from the food at the
                                                       Nordic skiers
           Fjellstoge, is its location: the
           proximity to superb half-day and full-
           day ski tours, accessed by skiing
           downhill, from the ski store, onto a
                                                       step out on tour
           frozen lake. A first-time experience of     the first time, the terrain in this area   the area, it would be unusual to meet
           crossing a frozen lake is memorable!        is ideal. Instruction is recommended       any other skiers on your tour.
              Ski touring in this area is              and can be provided by Snowsport              Having crossed half a kilometre of
           wonderful. For Alpine and Nordic            England coaches.                           frozen lake, skins are fitted, clothing
           skiers who can basic parallel and              Apart from the summit of Gausta,        is adjusted and a choice of local
           want to improve or to try touring for       the highest and most popular peak in       gullies offer you varied approaches to
                                                                                                  summits and cols where beautiful
                                                                                                  arctic scenery is revealed in all its
           Take advantage of Nordic course                                                        splendour. To ski back, making fresh
                                                                                                  tracks down the bowls and gullies
           Each year Snowsport England offers          slight modifications to posture. It is     round here, is an unforgettable
           a unique Nordic course based in             these modifications that will provide      experience.
           Norway. Participants can opt for            the skier with the potential and              A high standard of personal
           programmes of:                              opportunities to gain experience and       performance is expected from all the
           s Cross-country, track skiing               mileage on-piste and off-piste (snow       coaches and this is epitomised by our
           activities                                  conditions permitting).                    Course Director Patrick Winterton, an
           s Downhill Telemark on-piste                   For most Alpine skiers who start        ex-British Telemark champion, and
           s Ski touring experiences                   the week with ability to basic parallel    our guest coach Mike Dixon, six times
           s Personal performance                      on-piste, linked Telemark turns on-        Olympic representative in Biathlon
           qualifications and coaching awards.         piste, by the end of the week, are a       events.
              Although embraced by the Nordic          realistic target.
           banner the downhill Telemark course            The ability to switch from Alpine to
           is promoted as “Improve your                Telemark technique is a tremendous
           Skiing” appropriate to Alpine or            asset for any skier searching to
           Nordic skiers. The course is led by         improve their versatility and
           coaches with qualifications in both         adaptability (as well as looking           s If you are interested in skiing
           disciplines.                                good!).                                    Norway with us in 2005, contact
              Many people miss the point, that            Ski steep “hard pack” in alpine         Helen Bell at helen@hebell.frs.co.uk
           to be a really competent Nordic             and then as the angle eases drop           If you require information regarding
           Telemark skier, you need to be a            into graceful aesthetic Telemark           Telemark courses abroad or on the
           really competent Alpine skier.              turns on-piste! Parallel a fast narrow     dry slope, please contact Andy
              A good Alpine skier, therefore, has      track, or Telemark a soft-snow mogul       Stewart for a chat or more
           a real advantage, they will fast track      field. Put skins on and tour up to         information/details on 01772 531224
           the telemark technique far quicker          your favourite summit. Ski down,           or mobile 07766 785352. Andy
           than most people imagine. Sound             continuously linking arcs off-piste,       Stewart is a Senior Nordic and Alpine
           alpine techniques are the basis for         tactically changing from “Tele” to         Tutor for Snowsport England and a
           sound Nordic techniques with some           “Parallel”. Fantastic!                     BASI Telemark Instructor.
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            Set in the Wilder Kaiser mountains,
            Soll has been popular with British
            skiers for many years. In the early
            80s it gained some notoriety as a
            lager lout resort. Some loud bars
                                                      Soll for mio – the
            remain, but as a whole the place has
            quietened down considerably.
               Soll, a typical Austrian village,
            small with a beautiful church in its
                                                      skiing’s so good!
            centre (well worth a visit), has the                     Barry Spouge returns to a popular resort with Brits –
            usual shops, bars and cafés and is
            part of the Ski Welt, Austria’s largest                  which has sobered up somewhat since the heady 1980s,
            linked ski and snowboard area.                           but can still provide a warm welcome and great skiing
               This covers the resorts of Scheffau,
            Ellmau, Hopfgarten and Brixen. It is                                               of the staff make this a very friendly
            ideal for beginners and                    FACTfile                                hotel for families and groups.
                                                                                                  Steve also skis with his guests
            intermediates, with a few black runs
            for the experts among you.                SKI WELT AREA                            three days a week, normally on
               Soll’s slopes are the highest in the                                            Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This
            region (1800m – 6,000 ft) and face        s Resort level 700m                      is an excellent way to see the area
            north, so the snow tends to stay a bit    s Km of piste 250                        and get your bearings; then on the
            longer. Another village is Westendorf,    s Snowmaking 160km                       Tuesday and Thursday you are free to
            a separate resort, but covered by the                     covered                  go and please yourself. If the snow is
            same area pass.                           s Longest run     8km                    right, you can also ski right back to
               I visited Soll in February 2004,       s Difficulty     38% beginner,           the hotel.
            staying at the Gansleit Hotel. I have                      53%                        I arrived to probably the most snow
            stayed here before and can say it is                       intermediate,           I have ever seen in the region and it
            one of the best in the village. Steve,                      9% advanced            snowed on and off during the week.
            who is English, and Rosie his Austrian    s Off-piste     Good                     The skiing was great, though not
            wife, certainly know how to make          s Cross-country 165km                    necessarily demanding – but there’s
            their guests welcome. From the            s Glaciers      None                     more than enough to keep most
            welcome drink (Schnapps – downed          s Restaurants 73                         skiers and boarders occupied.
            very quickly) through to board games      s Lift capacity 130,000/hr                  The Ski Welt has massively
            (all sorts available) and the constant    s No of lifts    93                      invested in snowmaking with over
            fun generated by Steve, Rosie and all                                              half of the Ski Welt’s 250km of pistes


            TRAVELnews

            Holidays in                               To the Alps                              Hand luggage
            top resorts                               – by train                               limits raised
            Skiing Europe, the school, youth and      Eurostar's direct ski service to the     easyJet claims to have introduced
            adult group ski tour operator, now        French Alps is available for booking.    Europe's most generous hand
            arranges skiing holidays in 12 top        Direct Eurostar services from            baggage allowance, removing the
            resorts in four Alpine countries and      Waterloo or Ashford go to the French     weight restriction (within reasonable
            Canada.                                   towns of Moutiers, Aime la Plagne        limits) on hand luggage for all
              All instructors, both ski and           and Bourg St Maurice.                    passengers.
            snowboard, are experienced and              A shuttle bus journey takes skiers        In order to comply with safety
            qualified, typically holding BASI or      to the famous Alpine resorts which       regulations laid-down by the UK Civil
            CSIA Instructors certificates, as are     include Courchevel, Meribel, Tignes,     Aviation Authority and to reflect the
            the majority of their ski friends ot      La Plagne and Les Arcs.                  limited space in the overhead
            guides.                                     The night service offers the benefit   storage bins, there will be volume
            s Qualified and experienced               of an additional two days on the         limit of 55 x 40 x 20cm for the
            Instructors who are seeking part-         piste while, through the on-the-day      principal piece of hand baggage - the
            time work during school holiday           service, passengers can enjoy            same as BA’s Club Class.
            periods should send a CV to               spectacular scenic views en route to        Passengers will also be entitled to
            bks@hgconstruct.co.uk or to Brian         the Alps.                                take a small piece of personal
            Snook, Skiing Europe, 40 Meadow           s Eurostar ski trains and                luggage onboard – such as a
            View, Potterspury, Towcester,             accommodation can be booked              handbag, camera bag, laptop etc.
            Northants. NN12 7PH.                      through www.eurostar.com                 s Visit www.easyjet.com
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           September 2004                                                                                     THE   piste                      21

                                                                                                   up for the days skiing. A ski hire shop
                                                                                                   is situated at the Gondola station so
                                                                                                   you can hire all you need and leave it
                                                                                                   overnight at the end of each day.
                                                                                                      Lifts in the region are pretty good. A
                                                                                                   gondola up from Soll takes you to the
                                                                                                   halfway point on the Hohe Salve;
                                                                                                   from here you can access many other
                                                                                                   lifts to different parts of the Ski Welt.
                                                                                                      A number of new Gondolas and
                                                                                                   chairs have been installed recently
                                                                                                   with these replacing most of the old T
                                                                                                   Bars. Scheffau is a very popular ski
                                                                                                   area, not to far away, with a snow
                                                                                                   bowl that seems to have good snow
                                                                                                   when other parts don’t.
                                                                                                      If, like us, you like to take a mid-
                                                                                                   morning break the area has some
                                                                                                   wonderful mountain restaurants. One
                                                                                                   to recommend is at Brandstadl. It
                                                                                                   offers a great range of Tyrolean fayre
                                                                                                   and you can sit in (on a cold day) or
                                                                                                   outside on the terrace – but, be
                                                                                                   warned, this and most others, get
           Panoramic: The Austrian village of Soll.                                                very busy at peak times so if you are
                                                                                                   stopping, do it a bit earlier than
           now covered. A recent addition has           from the same point. It’s not the          normal.
           been the introduction of night skiing.       Cresta run, but at night it’s a great         If you are looking for a fun holiday
           This takes place on the resort runs by       laugh.                                     with plenty of skiing then Soll is the
           taking the Gondola from the base                The general scenery is very             place for you. Holidays to Soll (and
           then skiing back down under                  attractive, especially the panoramic       the Gansleit) can be found in the
           floodlights, that’s if you feel you have     views from up on the Hohe Salve. A         Thomson – Ski & Board brochure
           not had enough skiing during the day         Free ski bus serves the area, but to be    from your local travel agent of direct
           – it’s quite atmospheric. You can also       honest the walk to the lifts (unless       from Thomson on 0870 606 1470 or
           take out a toboggan and do the run           you are in ski boots) is a good warm       www.thomson-ski.co.uk



        Ski holiday market continues to grow
       The ski market is healthier than ever          McLeod is not worried by the growth of      risen beyond the market’s “willingness
       with more than one million skiers              no-frills, claiming traditional operators   to pay”. The stability of the ski market
       going abroad last season, the Ski &            will always win the lion’s share of the     can also be attributed to the excellent
       Snowboard Industry Report 2004 from            ski market as they provide transfers to     snow of last season, leading to
       Crystal Holidays reveals.                      the resort.                                 confidence in the market.
         With a 3 per cent rise on the                  The 2003-04 season also saw an               The season saw more people
       preceding winter and a massive 45 per          increase in the number of passengers        booking directly with tour operators,
       cent rise since 1980, the report shows         carried by tour operators. Tour             via the internet and call centres.
       that predictions of the decline of skiing      operators carried 1.4 per cent more            Tour operators have also responded
       were greatly exaggerated.                      passengers, a total of 602,000.             to the changing market requirements
         It finds the most significant growth           The most popular countries                by providing dynamic packaging and
       was in skiers booking flights and              remained more or less unchanged             flexible durations.
       accommodation separately – the                 since 2001: France received 36.5 per           Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
       independent sector – which is up 7 per         cent; Austria 19.8 per cent; Italy 16       fall on a Saturday changing the
       cent on last year, although the rate of        per cent and Andorra 13.8 per cent.         departure day to a Thursday in Austria
       growth is slowing.                               Switzerland declined in the tour          and to a Monday in France during
         There are now more flights to the            operator market, although some of its       December. This results in nine-day
       Alps than ever before – the number of          capacity may have been absorbed in          holidays in January in Austria and five-
       passengers flown to European ski               the growth of the independent sector.       day holidays in France.
       destinations has increased by 9 per              Andorra has seen its share reduce            North American sales are forecast to
       cent season-on-season fuelled by the           for the first time in many seasons by       grow significantly, supported by the
       growth of the low-cost carriers.               0.3 per cent to 13.8 per cent in 2003-      dollar exchange rate moving beyond
         Crystal managing director Stuart             04, as accommodation prices have            £1 to $1.80.
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                                        Product News
                                                                                                department to respond to the
                                                                                                demands of the three phases of
                                                                                                the turn: 1 Power Steering tips 2
            s New from Salomon are Streetracer        s A new innovation from Atomic aims       Super powerful middle 3 Acceleration
            skis (above) – a radical new              to revolutionise safety in skiing. The    Tail.
            generation dedicated to on-piste          Electronic Binding Management
            carving. Models in the range include      helps prevent skiing accidents by         s Lange has presented its "Closure
            Streetracer 8 for those who prefer the    running a diagnostic safety check as      Engineering" concept. The 2004-05
            groomed slopes. Featuring Autocarve       you step into your bindings.              collection includes the new lever-
            for intuitive steering using a unique       The EBM provides the user with          based closure and fixing systems. In
            blend of Spaceframe technology            information about whether or not the      accordance with various foot shapes
            (Salomon’s3D material to allow            binding is properly closed, if the        and the skier’s technical skills, Lange
            specific torsional tuning along the       forward pressure is adjusted properly     offers in fact three new specific
            entire length of the ski) with over       or if binding maintenance is              closure systems: 4X4, 4X3 and 4X2.
            shaped side cuts for a combination of     necessary. It is also possible to check
            edge grip control and power.              how many hours the binding has            s K2 T-Nine skis, a women’s specific
              A model is also available for ladies    been used, the condition of the           range, has been launched. The shape
            (Streetracer 8 women’s), made lighter     battery and the adjusted binding          of the ski and the specially tailored
            with the flex softened and the binding    settings at any time.                     core is unique to the range. The T-
            position moved forward for easy turn        The manufacturer is also                Nines start at beginner and go up to
            initiation and control.                   introducing a range of Multi              expert. Also, a percentage of every
              For Salomon products, contact your      Condition Equipment skis called           sale goes to Breast Cancer Research.
            local stockist.                           Metron that make it possible for          Check them out at your local K2
                                                      skiers of all abilities to carve in       stockist.
            s Oakley has launched a new               powder snow or race on or off piste
            goggle, the Wisdom (from £79.99).         on the same ski.                          s A wrist top computer and personal
            The large lens portal is claimed to         The Metron skis feature an ultra-       navigation instrument, the feature
            offer unrestricted vision in any          wide shovel and tail and the              rich Suunto X9 GPS (below), includes
            direction. For a bit of fun, Oakley has   innovation has been made possible         Altimeter, Barometer, Compass,
            also come up with the Monster             by the addition of exclusive              Chronograph watch and its also a full
            Doggle Sunglasses (£85). These            technologies such as Beta-5 and Beta      GPS unit. With an adjustable satellite
            huge, deep black-framed glasses           Puls, critical factors in helping to      fix rate you can navigate the outdoors
            hold a gold iridium lens that keeps       control the twisting of the skis.         for up to a week between battery
            eyes safe in the brightest days.                                                    charges.
                                                      s Head has launched a new boot for
                                                      this season, the S8 ski boot. It offers
                                                      two different lasts by varying an
                                                      internal frame that is independent
                                                      from the shell. So even the most
                                                      difficult feet can be accommodated.
                                                      Available in men’s and women’s fit.

                                                      s Celebrating its 40th anniversary
                                                      this year, Dynastar has created
                                                      Autodrive Technology, which
                                                      originally stemmed from the research
                                                      and the results of the competition
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                          News                                                      Ski
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             After a day on the mountain, your throat may be
           dry but there’s a good chance that your boots will be
           wet. Avoid the misery of putting on damp boots with
           the Therm-ic Air. It not only dries all kinds of boots
           overnight and warms them up, but the UV light
           reduces bacteria and gets rid of unpleasant smells.
             The BootWarmer sells at £22 with the Therm-ic Air
           product selling at £40.
             To find your local stockist telephone 01539
           725817 or go to www.sidas.com

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