Ski Club

A new Ski Club is now being established at Crickhowell High School, organized by one of our parents, Mrs Julia Hawkins, who has been organizing ski teams at other schools for the last 7 years.  The first team to be set up will be a girls team and the plan is to enter into the South East Wales Regional Schools Race, which is due to be held at the Pontypool Dry Ski Slope at 5.30 pm on Thursday 21st June 2018.  The race itself is entry level, involving a simple slalom course.  Teams comprise 3 to 4 girls of mixed ages and there is no limit on the number of teams that may be entered.  We would then go on to enter a team / teams in the Welsh National Schools Championships, which will be held at the Llangrannog dry ski slope on Sunday 14th October 2018.  Secondary schools come from all over Wales to complete in these championships.  In time, we would also hope to qualify a team for the British Schools Dry Slope Championships, which are held in November every year.  The best 25 schools from all over the UK are invited to compete at this level, based on the results of the national championships in Wales, England and Scotland.

Torfaen Ski Club Ski Training at Pontypool Dry Ski Slope

Pontypool Ski Centre boasts a 230 metre main slope, a novice / beginners area, a Poma ski lift, sprinkler system and mogul run.

What do I wear?

Your legs and arms must be covered, so you need trousers and a long sleeved top. You must have gloves. Water is sprayed on the slope, so if you have waterproof trousers, it is worth wearing them.  If not, tracksuit bottoms are fine for most of the year and old salopettes or ski trousers are good for when it is cold in winter.  If you don’t have old ones, buy some cheap ones from Aldi or Lidl in November and use them for the dry slope.

What equipment do I need?

None.  All equipment will be provided by Torfaen Ski Club as part of your membership.  However, if you have your own helmet and boots, take them.  Don’t take your own skis – the dry slope will wreck them.

How much money will I need?

You must pay in cash.  On your first visit, you will need £15.00 for annual membership of Torfaen Ski Club plus £7.50 for your evenings’ skiing. For subsequent visits you will need £7.50 a night.

What information do I need to give to get skis and boots fitted safely?

If you know your weight in kilos and your height in metres it will speed up the fitting of your skis. You can be measured there but it is quicker if you know already.  When they set up your skis they will give you a setting number. You need to write this down and give it each time you go so that your skis are set to the correct setting.  As you grow or as you get better, your setting will change to reflect this.

When is Pontypool Dry Slope open? When should I get there?

From April to October it is only open on Wednesday evenings for Torfaen Ski Club.  From October to March, it is open at evenings and weekends too and run by the Leisure Trust.  You can be on the slope at Torfaen Ski Club between 18.45 and 20.45 on a Wednesday evening.  Instruction tends to run between 19.00 and 20.00 but can run on later and may also start later.  Get to the slope by 18.30 if possible, to get kitted up before it gets too busy.

Snowsport Wales Schools Skiing Events 2018

The annual schools skiing events are organized by Snowsport Wales and provide an ideal opportunity for children of all skiing abilities to participate in an organised skiing event.  The local or regional events are designed as introductory events, with the aim that as many children as possible go on to participate in the Welsh Schools Championships at Llangrannog ski slope in October.

The Race & Costs

The South East Wales race is only 5 weeks away, so the Crickhowell High School team will need to start training straight away.  Ideally we’re looking for those participants who already have some skiing experience.  But don’t worry if you don’t have any ski equipment.  It’s all taken care of.  Bear in mind that even if you’re a good skier, skiing on a dry ski slope is rather different to skiing on snow.  The race we’re preparing for consists of a simple slalom course (skiing between two poles).

The first training session takes place on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Pontypool Dry Ski Slope at 6.45 pm to 8.45 pm.  Tuition is provided on a voluntary basis by qualified instructors from Torfaen Ski Club and all necessary equipment will be provided.  You won’t have to attend training every week.  You can do as much or as little as you like depending on your progression.  Annual membership of the Club is £15.00.  Each ski sessions costs £7.50, to include both equipment and tuition.   The cost of entering the race is £50.00 per team.  This equates to £12.50 per head for a team of 4 and £16.67 for a team of 3. 

For those who would like to try it out for a couple of weeks without committing to a full year’s membership, you can go along as a day member at £11.00 per day. 

Parents of participating students will need to take their daughter to and from Pontypool for each training session.

Key Dates

Thursday 21st June, 5.30 pm:  South East Wales Regional Schools Race at Pontypool Dry Ski Slope.

Sunday 14th October:  Welsh National Secondary School Championships at Llangrannog, West Wales.

So if you’d like your daughter to be involved, please contact Mrs Julia Hawkins on 01873 810577 / 07840 217446 or email her on cynllunpatagonia@hotmail.co.uk for further details.  And you never know.  One day this might be you!