This season snow factory technology will be trialled at several downhill centres this winter (Lecht, Glencoe, Cairngorm). BSS & SSS are involved with the Lecht trial where ~500m of x/c trail will be put in place. The flier from BSS gives an idea of what is going on. The club will be involved in the cross-country element of the project & organising things over the weekend 17/18 Feb 2018
Here is this summer’s race calander
The ski centre has announced it courses for next year. Book now to avoid disappointment. They represent very good value for money for anybody looking to learn or improve their Nordic skiing
Marcus Stevens has contacted us regarding an upcoming expedition
Mongolian Ski Touring Expedition
The deep freeze that grips Northern Mongolia throughout the long winter creates an almost uninhabited wilderness. Groups of Mongolian reindeer herders known as the Tsaatan, also found in Siberia, have adapted perfectly to the limitations of the tundra climate. Some say that Modern skiing has its roots with the Tsaatan. This ancient race developed the ski as a more efficient way of herding their Reindeer in deep snow. Traditional ski making knowledge is still retained in but a few of the remaining Tsaatan communities, as is some of the most ancient shamanism and bush-craft on the planet.
This Epic Journey takes you deep into the heart of Mongolian winter. Move North on skis through stunning winter forests and frozen valleys as you make your way into the Taiga. Here you will ski tour and use horses to access the higher peaks, most of which have never been skied before. You will stay in traditional Mongolian Gers or Yurts as well as the Tepees of the Tsaatan (Reindeer people). The Taiga is home to some of the last bastions of shamanism and a way of life unchanged for centuries. In this harsh climate the survival of a race depends on the survival of the reindeer herd. Learn from this ancient race, the art of crafting traditional skis. Test the skis as you help a family move their herd from deep winter to early spring pastures. The adventure culminates with the ice festival on mighty Lake Khovsgul. Here Mongolian heritage and tradition will be showcased with a wintry twist such as wrestling on the frozen lake and Ice horse racing.
The chance to see and travel this remote corner of the planet on skis, meeting its mysterious people in deep winter is a world first opportunity.
Andrew Musgrave has been having an oustanding week at the Norwegian championships, on Thursday he came in second place against a field of Norway’s best skiers including Peter Northug. This has caused considerable consternation and soul searching in the Norwegian press. Read more about this at the BNDS website. Apparently BBC sport were not interested in this story although they were aware of it!
On Saturday Andrew continued his excellent form with a 5th place in the Norwegian Championships 30km Skiathlon. Lying 21st after the classic leg he skied the 3rd fastest skate time to pull back to 5th overall.
Inghams has contacted us to alert members to their ski holiday offerings, especially their cross country ski destinations.
Already the winter destinations, like Cervinia ski resort, are preparing for the influx of winter visitors and skiers are gearing up for the winter season. There are many resorts offering cross-country skiing, so let’s remind ourselves of some of the premiere cross-country skiing resorts.
Yllas in Lapland offers an excellent network of cross-country ski trails. The first trails are usually opened at the beginning of October, with the rest of the trails opening later in the year. Lapland has an incredibly long season, so cross-country skiers can get the most out of the resort. The cross-country skiing in this region is open to all ability levels, plus there are refreshment huts along the way. This resort is stunning with so much to explore while taking in the wonderful scenery. Continue reading
There’s an interview with Andrew Musgrave at FasterSkier.com
Huntly Nordic Ski Centre is hosting the following courses for the holidays.
Age 8-16 (allowance will be made for slightly younger if you have been using rollerskis at JDS) 1hr per day Monday to Friday £25 per child per block
Suitable for those who have done the primary school sessions on Tuesdays or have their Orange JDS award
26th to 30th July inc. or 9th to 13th August inc. 11am to 12pm.
Suitable for those with their Red, Blue or Purple JDS awards
19th to 23rd July inc. or 2nd to 6th August inc. 11am to 12pm.
Please Book in advance
If you’re young and unlucky enough to live in London, here’s some good news: Felicity Bertram and Ian Ballantine have started a Junior Rollerski Club. To find out more follow this link
They are also planning to run some rollerski races on 28th March in Hillingdon – watch the rollerski.co.uk website for more details.
Here’s the link to Bruksvallana results for 2009. Interpretation of Swedish is pretty basic here but it looks like Fiona Hughes took 1st place in the 19-20 Women’s group! Andrew Young came 5th (beating all the Swedes at the competition but one), Callumn Smith 12th and William Newman 33rd out of a field of 50 finishers.
In the women’s over 21 years competition, which was won by Charlotte Kalla in 22:16, Posy Musgrave took 42nd place 3:41 slower than Kalla, Sarah Young took 52nd place 4:26 off the pace. 66 racers completed the race.
Keep an eye for the results next weekend at Beitostoelen.