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Updated Covid Guidance 18th November 2020

At the moment we can continue to run the sessions we have been running.  These will be as covid secure as we can make them and we ask all who attend be patient and follow the guidance /methods we have evolved to make the sessions as safe as we can.

Please note a few conditions we have to apply to these ‘Covid Sessions’ for safety of all members.  Please respect these and stay safe.

 For sessions
1. We need to know what we need to get out of the centre hence the requirement to give shoe size & Ski size & Pole height (& if bringing own boots – the type of binding Salomon (S) or Prolink (P)

2. Arrival.  Please be as ready as you be once you’ve parked.  Head to the centre keeping 2 m.  At the centre find a free Adult or Junior  (under 18) space & then collect any kit and put it on at your place.  The coach/leader will tell you what groups are doing what.

3. Departure.  Please clean your kit and leave where directed for sanitising.  Then please depart the centre area following normal Covid rules.
  

Please note that the conditions do apply to the Sunday Morning and Race Performance Groups, although individuals may not need to make equipment bookings if using their own.

Aberdeenshire is currently at Covid Level 2.  Depending on your own area there may be travel restrictions that you need to follow.


Pease be aware that the club will share information on those members that go in to the ski centre (to use the loo for example) with the Ski Centre – we will share name and contact number.


All information collected will be deleted after 1 month – all data is being collected for Covid Tracing reasons.  If you have any questions please contact our Covid officer (Lynne Duncan on wpo@nordicski.co.uk)

Update from Snowsport Scotland 18th November 2020

After the announcement from the First Minister yesterday, we wanted to clarify a few of the restrictions going forward, especially those now within a Level 4 area. 

Please see attached an updated document from sportscotland highlighting the current guidelines. Some of the main points to consider are:

 • Those who current reside in a Level 4 local authority are still permitted to train (both u18s and 18+) but are strongly encouraged to stay within their local authority area, and not travel out with. 

 • Current safety measures including social distancing when not on slope and face coverings are strongly advised. 

 • Those who live in a level 1,2 or 3 area are not encouraged to travel to a level 4 authority area, but U18s can still travel in/out of a level 3. 

Some of the main things to consider around travel for sport are:

 • Participants 18 years of age or over (adults) should only travel locally (within around 5 miles of their local authority area) into or out of a level 3 area to take part in sport or physical activity outdoors.

 • Participants aged 18 years or over (adults) who live in a Level 0, 1 or 2 area should minimise unnecessary journeys between areas in different levels and avoid travel to Level 3 or Level 4 areas to take part in sport or physical activity.

 • Participants under 18 years of age can travel to and from Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 areas (but not Level 4) to take part in organised sport, physical activity, training and competition.

 • Operators should risk assess all activity and it is strongly recommended that where at all possible training and competition should take place locally.

More Info can be found here:

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She Makes Tracks in Huntly

She Makes Tracks in Huntly invites girls of 10 years of age or older to join us for a fun and friendly girl only session on skis. This new group,run by Huntly Nordic Ski Club coaches, will meet every 6 weeks or more frequently if desired. It aims to encourage girls in sport with no performance or racing drive anywhere in sight. Beginners and established skiers are equally welcome.  Our ethos is to build fun,  friendships, and confidence through ski related activity. The first session on Sunday 22nd November is free and runs from 11.00 – 12.30pm.

In subsequent sessions we will  charge £10 for a year’s Huntly Nordic Ski club youth membership and an additional fee of £15 = £25 in total, to cover a year’s “She Makes Tracks in Huntly” sessions including a special She Makes tracks headband,(which is currently in design and production mode).

Background – Snowsport Scotland ran a week long promotion of Women and Girls in Sport recently and lent support to both youngsters and coaches to build greater opportunity for Women and Girls in sport. The female coaches came together and thought that this new initiative might be a great space for young ladies to flourish during the the years of school transition and teenage pressures. Girls can be a member of this group on its own or add it to any of the other groups that they take part in at the ski centre already. How do you book in? There is a calendar event on the club website  where you can book in: https://www.nordicski.co.uk/wordpress/calendar/

Clash Challenge 2020

We have been unable to hold any rollerski races this summer and the club’s activities have been severely curtailed. We are throwing out a challenge to all members to set their fastest time up the Clashindarroch Hill Climb course. The Clashindarroch Cup & Quaich will be awarded to the fastest gentleman and lady.

The rules, map and course profile are attached.

Please act in a responsibly and ski / behave in a safe and considerate manner at all times while completing this challenge.

Thursday Sessions have Restarted

Thursday night club sessions restarted on Thursday 20th August 2020.

It’s back – Club Thursdays 

Our next Club night is this Thursday, 5th November.

For the next 3 weeks we will run part of the acclaimed 7 Steps Programme to slowly build skills for roller skiing which are applicable to classic skiing.

Skiers and beginner or cautious roller skiers are invited to join the coached session which will develop skills off tarmac, on matting and grass for skiing and roller skiing. You can wear roller skis or classic skis for week1. Week 2 will introduce tarmac building blocks for roller skiers only and week 3 final roller ski development week. In Week 4-6 we will cover classic skiing skills on skis “Be ready for snow”.

All sessions need to be pre-booked (all can be booked at the club website
https://www.nordicski.co.uk/wordpress/calendar/  )
The booking form will give details of the session even if the home page doesn’t.


A leader will check you in to the session (Registration) & ask you to sanitise your hands.


There will be a place for you to place kit you have with you, you might want to ensure you have a visibly named black sack to put it into in case it rains 
Any prebooked loan kit will be available outside the centre (prebooking of kit is on the Booking form)


You should have hand sanitiser and a face covering on you in case you require first aid but face coverings do not need to be worn during the session unless you prefer.

After registration and distribution of kit, a leader will be around to keep things flowing & help with any issues.

At the end of the session kit should be returned to its return position. To minimise handling of kit only the designated people will put kit away.

Socially distanced cup of tea and chocolate biscuit at the stone circle for the moment are no longer allowed, so we have to leave after the end of the session. We will update the tea and biscuit situation as soon as rules allow.

Please remember to bring with you:
Hand sanitiser
Face mask

Booking

Please book on line by going to the club Website & then the events page where you will find a booking form by clicking on the date.

Click here https://www.nordicski.co.uk/wordpress/calendar/

(The form will ask for contact info & a Covid screening question as well as details of any hire needed)

We will limit the session to 30 people “in the field of play”. We are still able to run sessions under the new Covid19 regulations starting Monday 14th September as there is an exemption for organised sports.

The booking form info will be destroyed after 4 weeks – this is to make sure we are able to respond to any requests from Track and Protect

Departure

We intend to wind up the skiing at ~20:50 and, at the moment and under the rules in force form 14th September people will have to depart straight after the ned of the session.

Equipment

Where possible it would be great if members could use their own boots (& poles) & Rollerskis but the booking form will allow you to book all of this if needed.

If borrowing equipment please wear gloves as our leaders will have to put the kit out and away.

If rollerskiing please remember to bring your bike helmet and protective glasses

Finally

Bring a smile.  It seems a hassle to get this all together but as the junior members of SMT have shown that a positive attitude and enjoyment of the possible makes for a great session.

Look forward to seeing you at the session or one during the following weeks.

Please get back to the Club Chair if you have any worries or issues with the sessions.

HNSC Provisional Winter Calendar

Our provisional winter calendar can be found here Items in red or highlighted need to be finalised. This version is as of 25/10/19. I still need dates for the British champs in Ruhpolding and the date for the End of Season Mountain Tour will be weather dependent – here’s hoping it ends up being late in April

Huntly Sprints and Clash Hill Climb

The Huntly rollerski sprints and the Clash Hill climb are to be held on the weekend of Saturday 25th May/ Sunday 26th May 2019. An entry form is included below. Entries for both both races would be preferred in advance, but there will be no entries accepted for the Hill climb on Sunday. Last day of entry for the Hill climb is at the Huntly sprints on Saturday.

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