Hytti, the new hut for the Clash is finished. This was carried out as part of the EU Leader initiative, the design came from Finland where Huntly has partnership with the town of Juankoski. A group of Finns came over last month to share their experience in constructing these huts.
Thanks to everbody who contributed there time in the construction, and especially Hilary for her trip to Finland which started it all off.
We couldn’t pass over the chance to make a special mention of thanks to Steve Young and Dave Whitehead for donating their professional skills in construction of the new building.
SkiFit are having a launch and networking event in the Alströmer Salen at the Swedish Embassy on the 18th September to increase awareness of roller and cross-country skiing and of SkiFIT Club’s work with the Vasaloppet Arena Sweden, in the UK.
They have been issued a limited number of places for the 2014 Vasaloppet and are looking for individual participants or groups to enter the race.
If you are interested please contact Lotta Sutton at email@example.com.
More Information From Ski Fit
Here are the entry forms for the Huntly Championships for 2013. They are taking place on 7th September.
There is a change to the usual Sept race weekend format in that there will also be races at the Huntly Nordic & Outdoor Centre as well on Sun 8th Sept starting about 10am. These will comprise a 3-lap time trial ~around the inner, middle & outer loops (~1390m) of the Huntly track & also team sprints using the middle 400m loop. The Sunday races are free to enter. If you don’t have partner for the Team Sprints don’t worry as we will probably pair people up on the day.
It will help the organisers if you send your entries in advance. No need for money in advance as you can pay on the day
06 GB08 Huntly Champs 07Sep13 Entry Form MS Word .doc
06 GB08 Huntly Champs 07Sep13 Entry Form PDF
Ever what the life of an aspiring Nordic World Cup skier is like, well for an insight into Young’s life go to Fasterskier.com. The interview is well worth reading.
A lot more of the club web traffic seems to be going onto Facebook at the moment, partially down to issues with Word press and partly because lots of people like to use FB
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If you are looking for Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Center you can get to their web page at http://hnoc.nordicski.co.uk/
Summer is fast approaching, and with that state our minds turn to summer events. Two events not to miss in the calendar are the Huntly Rollerski Weekend on May 25-26 and the Ming Summer Madness Endurance event on the following Saturday, 1st June.
Entry forms can be found below
Huntly Sprints and Clash Hill Climb
Huntly Nordic Ski Club will be running a Rollerski Club for children aged 5+. The aim of the club is to have fun whilst improving confidence and technique on rollerskis, and we may even enter some races! The club will meet at the Huntly Nordic & Outdoor Centre between 10.00am and 12.30pm on the following Sundays:
25th May (Saturday) – Huntly Sprints rollerski race.
Cost £5 per session
Booking essential – email Malcom Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year we had a big field of 51 skiers in glorious sunshine. Thank you to all who took part or helped. In particular Chris Barton & Gordonstoun school for marshalling & timekeeping. A special big thanks to Colin Miller Miller & Jason Williamson for last minute snow shovelling that made the entire 8.6km course skiable.
A great battle for thwe first three places in the 8.6km race but Duncan Gibb just held off Charles Fletcher of CBNSC & Arne Bohle.
Duncan Gibb & Beth Maclean become Clashindarroch Cup & Quaich winners 2013. Well done.
Congratulations also go out to Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young & Alex Standen who were competing in the World Cup 15km F in Davos today. Special mention should be made for Alex who was making his World Cup debut a great comeback after his serious injury last season.
Update From Pete: All trails are complete. There was 5-10cm of fresh overnight snow on a compacted base. The main trails have been groomed double width to allow skating as well as two classic tracks.
It was -1degC when I left forest & I dont think it got above freezing all day.
Alan says: Pete’s done a storming job getting around all those trails and conditions don’t get much better than this! Thanks to Peter and anybody else who helped with they pisteing today. Also a big thank you to Colin Miller for his trail clearing.
First surprise today was the car park — a sheet of ice giving no traction on tyres or on foot. Second surprise (more enjoyable) is that there has been no significant loss of snow at the Clash, except Cabrach Corner which looked patchy due to exposure to sun, wind and any rain. However, groomed trails have turned into neve and are disconcertingly fast. Trails under larches have been strewn with twigs, many of which I removed; while under the spruces there are millions of needles, giving something of braking effect. They will add a distinctive layer to the snowpack if it gets deeper. I spent most of this morning on the softer, sugary snow on the verges. A couple who had driven over from Boat of Garten sensibly decided that Sheepfolds was the better option than the groomed trails. There were also 2 other skiers out this morning. Surprisingly the car park was not too windy, but up at the Orange mast it was storm force. Here at Inverurie there have been dangerously violent crosswinds and gusts on the A96, on the exposed stretch at the north end of the bypass. Here is my report on Winterhighland:
“Groomed trails are now as hard as neve, and very fast, although for rather more comfortable skiing it’s usually possible to find softer, sugary snow on the verges. This means that ungroomed trails such as Sheepfolds should be more pleasant than the main trails. Compacted snow depths are 15-20cm, with 20-25cm on the uncompacted verges. The car park is currently a skid pan”.
Thanks to Colin Miller for report.