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English Schools' Finals
For school ski teams that qualify, the English Schools’ Dry Slope Finals take place in and around the 2nd weekend in October. On the Friday afternoon each school may book a practice slot with the slope. On the first race day there are 4 age group finals. Teams in the Primary School category and Years 7 & 8 race in the morning. After a warm up session and course inspection each team completes a first run. This is immediately followed by a second run for each racer. The result is calculated using the fastest 3 times on each run for each team. After a short break for lunch and prize-giving, teams in the other categories race using the same format, followed by their prize-giving ceremony. The fastest 3 girls’ teams and the fastest 3 boys’ teams in each age category receive trophies.
On the second day of the Finals’ weekend there is an Open Team Championship for senior school ski teams only. Schools enter a single sex team or teams of their best 4 skiers in Years 7-13. After a few warm-up runs, the girls complete the first run followed by the boys in bib order. The second run follows as soon as possible after the first, using the same order. The result is calculated using the fastest 3 times on each run for each team. For the team time to count, 3 skiers must complete each run or the team is disqualified. After the final calculations have been made there is a prize-giving ceremony. Trophies are awarded to the fastest 3 boys’ and girls’ teams as well as the fastest 3 individual boys and girls.
The fastest teams are invited to represent England in the British Finals in November.