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CAIRNGORM SKI CLUB TRAINING PROGRAMME
Given current limited snow conditions, everybody can have a long lie and we will meet at 9.30 on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend 26th/27th Jan.
See below for details and for our normal meeting time.
We have a great coaching team this year; For the over 16’s FIS programme we have Craig Lamont and for the Bairns we have Amanda Shepherd, Jules Jennings and Andy Burnett. For Freeski, we have the amazing Lewis McWilliam.
For the 12-16 group we did have a coach lined up for the whole season and unfortunately, their circumstances changed quite late in the day so they are now unable to coach with us. However, we have a team of excellent, experienced race coaches including Dave Jacobs, Donald Hall, Donald Musk and Bruce Cranston to work with this group.
Given Jules Jennings is now coaching I have agreed to take on organising the coaching, again, for the rest of this season with the help of the other trustees.
IMPORTANT TRAINING INFORMATION
MEETING PLACE – We will meet at the exit to the Funicular Railway. This is located on the left as you head towards the hill from the top carpark and is the door before the ticket office (signposted toilets and lift to funicular). We will meet upstairs. Space is limited and there will be no place to leave any personal effects so we recommend that all trainees get ready at their car and leave shoes etc in the car.
ATTENDANCE REGISTER – A member of the club will be taking a “register” of trainees attending each week so we know exactly who is on the hill, please ensure that you have reported to this person who should be obvious.
MEETING TIME – We need to be ready to go for 8.30 so we can be on the first uplift available. We recommend that everybody is there by 8.20 at the latest. If you are late it is your responsibility to find the group. However, every coach and I will have radios so if you approach any group we should be able to find where your group is and agree on a meeting place.
EQUIPMENT – Please ensure that all equipment fits and is in good shape prior to training (sounds like an obvious one but we have had folks turn up to find that boots don’t fit any more and spend the morning in Ski Hire).
NO HELMET – NO SKI
CLOTHING – It can be bitterly cold so please ensure all athletes are appropriately dressed for the conditions. Lots of layers.
PACKED LUNCH & BACK PACK – packed lunches (and anything else that will be required for the day) will be taken out with trainees in the morning. When conditions allow we will use the Shieling at the mid station as a base for the day and generally to eat lunch.
FINISH TIME – Training will finish between 3 and 3.30, children will be reunited with parents outside the funicular exit. It is really important that you are available to collect your child as soon as training ends.
CODE OF CONDUCT – All trainees and parents are required to sign a code of conduct, if you have not signed one already some will be available on the first day of training.
STORM DAYS – If the weather does not permit us to train on the hill we will offer training at the Lecht if they are open and we will offer Dry Land Training for all trainees.
COMMUNICATION – We will endeavour to make a decision about the following weekends training using weather forecasts on Thursday evening. The main forecasts we use are Mountain Weather Information Service and for longer-term forecasts Snow-Forecast.com. If the forecast is marginal we will delay the decision until Friday or, in a worst-case scenario, even very early Saturday or Sunday morning. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook Page.
FEEDBACK – The coaches will endeavour to speak with each parent at the end of each session to offer feedback. Please feel free to approach the coach or head coach for feedback at anytime. If you wish to discuss any other aspect of the programme or the club at anytime please also feel free to speak with either myself, any coach or any other committee member. The most important thing to us is that our trainees have fun so if there is a problem please tell us and we will do our best to fix it.
VIDEO ANALYSIS & PHOTOGRAPHY – We will again use video analysis, we propose to publish these for athletes and parents to review on youtube with links from our Facebook page and website. The videos will not be private but will be “unlisted” so you will only be able to find them if you have the link or from our channel. Also we will take photographs of athletes whilst training and those who medal at events etc.. for our own purposes and for the purposes of promoting the club. If you have any objection to any of this then please let us know by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARENTS ON THE HILL – It is important that parents remain on the hill during training in case of an accident or hill evacuation. For non-skiers you may wish to nominate another parent to be responsible for your own kids, that is fine so long as somebody is there and the trainee knows who.
As we are sure you are aware the club is run by volunteers and employs some of the best quality coaches. Our training programme is heavily subsidised by the fundraising activities of the club (normally to the tune of between £3,000 and £8,000 per year). In order to attract quality coaches, we need to offer them secure employment. We, therefore, operate on the basis that if we train (on snow or dry land) you pay unless prior agreement is obtained from the coaching convener (myself). We would only normally waive training fees in the event of injury or illness. If an athlete is not to attend training for any reason then it would be great if you would let us know so we are not waiting or looking out for them, however, you would still be expected to pay for the session.
If you have any queries please drop me an email email@example.com.
We very much look forward to welcoming all our members old and new and most importantly let’s have a great season and keep doing those snow dances!
Our training programme runs for 10 weekends for both Alpine (Saturday and Sunday) and Freestyle (Sunday) skiing.
It is open for club members aged 8 – 18 and we offer performance coaching for anybody who wants to improve their skiing from those who just want to ski faster and better to those who want to represent the club in races. Whilst we would love everybody to race we also recognise that some young folk just don’t want to do that yet and they are very welcome too.
We train regardless of conditions and if we do not get access to Cairngorm we will offer dry land training and, if it is available, training at the Lecht.
In addition, we will offer additional training at Easter (snow and weather dependent).
We team up with Cairngorm Snowboard Club to bring a formal freestyle skiing programme to Cairngorm. Applications are welcome from those aged 12 and over, we will consider accepting kids below 12 subject to ability, just get in touch to discuss. Trainees have the option to choose to do a combination of race training and freestyle, eg Saturday race training/ Sunday freestyle.
In the event that we cannot train on snow we will offer dry-land training, usually at Glenmore Lodge. We work on the principle that if we offer training for any particular group (dry land or snow) then we charge for that day.
Training is subsidised by fundraising activities of the club and 2019 prices are:-
£220 for a 10 week programme on either a Saturday or a Sunday (10 days at £22 per day)
£400 for a 10 week programme on both Saturday and Sunday (20 days at £20 per day, can be split between Race on Saturday and Freestyle on Sunday).
Click HERE to book
All trainees need to wear the Club Jacket, details are on the training application form. Please ensure you have also completed a Club membership form.
Any questions message firstname.lastname@example.org
Please book via our online payment system HERE
There is a lot of useful information on this page, but please contact Mark Tate with any queries – email@example.com
Please also note that coaching places are non-refundable.
Club jackets are available to order when you book places on our core training programme.
If you want to know about our approach to developing our young trainees, the equipment they might need and the potential pathways take a look at our Long Term Athlete Development Plan
The Club’s recently completed, comprehensive Athlete Training and Development Plan (LTAD): CSC LTAD
For details of the Club October training camp at Hintertux see Training camp page
During ski season, details of weekend training will always be posted on our facebook page
All trainees need to sign the Code of Conduct and bring it with them on the first day of training; download it from here:
For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All Trainees must ensure that all their equipment is in good working order, e.g skis waxed and edged, bindings set at the correct DINs. Oh yes, and personal fitness levels up to the required level!!
- Details about each weekend`s training will be posted on the website on the preceding Thursday evening. You should also check the website again on Friday evening in the possible event of any last minute change to the arrangements. This coming season, 2016/17, if on the Thursday evening it looks highly unlikely that Training will be possible on Cairngorm then the Childrens Race Training Groups and Racing Bairns Group will, weather permitting, endeavour to head to The Lecht. More details about this will follow soon.
- Deatils regarding Meeting points wil be confirmed soon – please check back.
- In the event that Training has to be curtailed for whatever reason, e.g weather, the parent(s) is/are responsible for ensuring that their child(ren) is/are picked up from the Meeting Point. It is therefore vital that a Parent or nominated person remains on the hill throughout the day. We would also ask that on the first day of training you leave a contact telephone number with your child`s Coach so that he/she can contact you in an emergency.
- All Trainees MUST wear a Helmet. If you turn up without a Helmet you will NOT be allowed to train.
- All Trainees must come with a well stocked packed lunch. This makes it easier for the Coaches by ensuring that the Groups remain together. Normally the Coaches allow for two breaks, a drinks stop and lunch break. Times of these breaks are at the Coaches` discretion.
- Lunch stops/drinks stops each weekend – details of location tbc
- Any child who has a medical condition that we should be aware of should speak to the Coach or Coaching Convenor prior to the first day of training. Needless to say the information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- From time to time a member of the Committee or one of the Coaches may wish to photograph or video record for training purposes. If any parents object to their child(ren) being photographed or recorded can they please speak to the Coaching Convenor otherwise it will be assumed that there is no objection.
- If your child(ren) is/are unable to train for any reason can you please notify the Coach or email@example.com with as much prior notice as possible.
- All fees are payable in advance.
Coaching and membership application forms are available for download on the Membership page.