The ideal team consists of either 4 boys or 4 girls but 3 is acceptable. This is because in our race events the team score is made up of the total time that 3 skiers take to complete a run. If you have 4 skiers then the slowest time is not counted or perhaps one skier has skied out of the course or fallen. This will not matter as only 3 scores are needed. It is possible to enter a mixed team of 2 boys and 2 girls but only one per school. This is mainly to help small schools, especially primary schools and those who are starting to get a team up and running. Each team should have a team manager - either a teacher or a parent - who is in charge on race day.
Category 1 - Pupils in Years 3 - 6
Category 2 - Pupils in Years 7 and 8
Category 3 - Pupils in Years 9 and 10
Category 4 - Pupils in Year 11 and above
Skiers must be in the correct year for their DOB or the team will move to a higher category. When a team is made up of skiers from different age categories (categories 2-4), the team enters a race in the category of the oldest skier. For example a team made up of a girl in Year 7, two girls in Year 8 and one in Year 9 would ski as a Category 3 girls’ team
There are several of dry slopes throughout England where skiers can go for lessons and training.
ESSKIA races and training days are run across the UK and organised by our Area Reps. Bookings and information about our training days can be found here.
No, it would be a good idea to attend one or more of the excellent training days that ESSKIA organises but it is not mandatory for entry to races.
You need to be able to use a ski lift unaided, to ski down a slope with control around a pattern of poles and to stop safely at the bottom of the slope.
Ski boots and skis can be hired or borrowed at the slope. This will be made clear on the entry forms for each race. You can bring your own if you have it. Skiers need to wear suitable clothing for an outdoor event that allows movement just like in any sport. A waterproof or at least a showerproof jacket is a good idea as we race in all weathers and there is usually no shelter at the top of the slope when you are waiting to race. Each skier should bring their own ski socks and gloves. They will not be allowed on any slope for lessons, training or racing without their arms and legs covered. Helmets are also compulsory. A helmet can sometimes be borrowed or hired from the slope or you can bring your own. Helmets should be free of stickers and camera mounts.
Upon arrival, each Team Manager goes to the Race Office to collect a pack from the Race Secretary. In the pack is a bib with the race number on it for each racer and at the qualifiers a certificate for each competitor. There is also a description of an official’s job which is done by a parent or teacher, and a programme.
At the start of the day, skiers are able to warm up and freeski before the slalom course is set.
Skiers are given the chance to slow analyse the course in an inspection.
Racers put on their skies and slide down the course looking at the layout of the poles.
All the racers complete a first run and this is followed by the second run, again for all the racers. Each racer scores a time for their run if it is completed correctly. All racers in a team complete the two runs and the fastest 3 times scored in each run is added together to create the team score.
At the end of the two runs the team times are calculated and there is a prize-giving,
The races are run by an experienced group of volunteers and qualified coaches. To run a race we need race officials on the day and each school provides one race official per team entered. This person is given full instructions as to what they need to do on race day. It can be something as simple as collecting in the race bibs at the end of the race.
To enter an ESSKIA event a school must pay the annual affiliation fee.
In addition, there is a charge per entry, per team for each event. This covers the slope hire, awards and sometimes ski and boot hire as well, but this depends on the slope.
Yes, the Headteacher does not have to be involved at all in the organisation of the team, but has to sign the entry form to confirm that they know that your son/daughter is representing the school in a competitive capacity.
No, you need to be part of a school team of at least 3 skiers.
Skiers race through a course made up of red and blue slalom poles, also known as gates. The course is set by a qualified ski coach. Red and blue poles are placed at a set distance from each other and each skier has to pass the correct way round the poles alternating between red and blue. Each skier completes 2 runs.
ESSKIA uses as much data as possible, including performance at Area Qualifying Races, English Schools Championships and British Schools Championships. Additionally we look at performances in Snowsport England and Ski Academy organised races both in the UK and abroad.
We do not use times recorded at our training events.