Core programme

OUR PLANS FOR 2021…

  • All mountain Bairns programme for 8-12’s , our Race and Pro-Ski (including Freestyle) options for over 12’s and Seniors for over 16’s
  • All training split into two five week blocks to help manage costs.
  • Excellent Value – £110 per 5-week block for one day per week, or £200 for a 5-week block for both Saturday and Sunday per week.
  • Fantastic Line Up of Coaches
  • Typically, 8.30am – 3.30pm but always weather dependent
  • All training communication will be on the Club’s Members Facebook page
  • Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible, so we are introducing a programme for Winter 2021 to support skiers with additional needs. By introducing smaller groups (1:4 coach trainee ratio), we are able to get to know the individuals, appreciate their needs and adapt the coaching programme and environment. Children must already be able to ski to plough parallel level.  Please contact Amanda Shepherd, our Development Officer,  to enquire about availability this season.

BAIRNS

Our Bairns programme (ages 8-12) is designed to introduce enthusiastic young skiers into a training and team environment, while developing FUNdemental skills and technique in all areas of skiing.  This enables them to make that smooth transition into the senior programmes and continue to foster their love of skiing.

Bairns must be able to ski minimum plough parallel, and independent of a coach in an area that they are familiar with, and with others in the same group, for example lapping the Cas or the Ciste depending on level and snow conditions.

A typical timetable would go something like this:

  • 8.15 – 8.30 Trainees arrive at the Funicular Station to sign in and meet coaches.
  • 8.30 Ready to go when first uplift is open.
  • Morning training session. Warm up runs, technical development, drills, free runs
  • 11.45-12.30 ish Lunch in the Sheiling packed lunch building at the mid-station
  • Afternoon training session. Warm up free runs, gate training using brushes and stubbies, freestyle fun.
  • 3.00-3.30 Warm down

The coaching ethos is about developing all mountain skills in a fun and relaxed environment and although we do not specifically focus on race training at this stage, we do encourage trainees to take part in fun (and usually local) competitions.

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U14 AND U16 ALPINE RACE

Led by Head Coach Dave Jacobs, the U16 and U14 programmes will incorporate an all-mountain blend of race and freeride, and even touring if conditions allow.

The Club has a racing background and we would naturally be challenging our Trainees in brush, stubby and full gate courses. However, there will be plenty of opportunity to develop technical skills in a freeride environment through drills and free skiing with regular coach feedback and video analysis.

Ability level; All trainees must be confident skiing all runs on Cairngorm and The Lecht and happy using all uplift independently.

SENIOR SQUAD 16+

Led by Craig Lamont, a Qualified Alpine Level 3 Head Performance Coach, this squad has been developed for those trainees aged 16 + (with no upper age limit) and who wish to continue race training in a more mature environment.   It has been created for those who are keen to participate and want to improve, not just for high performers.   The focus is on technical skill improvement to progress performance in FIS standard slalom and GS training and race courses.

It is aimed at those wishing to continue racing, or who may wish to become coaches or ski instructors themselves.  Additional skills such as technical analysis, coaching delivery and learning how to set courses will form part of the coaching day.   The Squad will train in CSC’s coaching programme on Saturdays, then squad members will have free access to Craig’s Training Facility FIS courses on Sundays.

PRO-SKI 12+

The PRO-SKI programme encourages creativity and adventure in our trainees, spending much of the time exploring the mountain, finding natural hits especially after fresh snowfalls, and riding the boxes and jumps in the park.  It’s not all play though as we would be working on the FUNdementals of good body management, balance and steering, that are necessary to develop freeride skills in a safe and managed environment.

Our PRO-SKI programme will offer pathways to professional career development in Snowsports with opportunities to train and compete in Freestyle (Park & Pipe) and Freeride, and work towards Instructor and Coaching qualifications

Freeride options will be led by Dave Jacobs and Roddy Hamilton. We are planning to run a home freestyle camp during the Easter Break and to source specialist coaches throughout the season.

THE IMPORTANT STUFF …!

MEETING PLACE – We will meet upstairs in the Funicular building above the EXIT doors. 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 – Mandatory in COVID times so please ensure you check in!

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. Ski Club Jackets are strongly encouraged for team identity.

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 when children will be reunited with parents by the tables outside the Day Lodge building. 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 secretary@cairngormskiclub.co.uk

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.

TRAINING FEES 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 Trustee (myself). Please also contact me 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 coaching@cairngormskiclub.co.uk and I will be happy to reply or give you a call.

Angus Ritchie

Coaching Trustee