The British Ski Academy (BSA)
The British Ski Academy (BSA) serves as a winter base for junior British ski racers aiming to achieve the highest standards in Alpine ski racing.
Racers from seven to seventeen years old join the BSA in the Chamonix valley for tailored school and ski programmes that can last from a few weeks to the whole winter. Younger racers from frequently live out and many students have their first experience of race training with the BSA. The level of individual attention and input is excellent. The UK's junior and senior national ski teams are mainly comprised of current and former BSA trainees. The current British Alpine ski champions, TJ Baldwin and Alex Tilley, both trained extensively with the BSA, at Mini, Children’s and rookie FIS level.
Summer Dates now listed on calendar page with full details on booking forms. Also dates confirmed for BSA Hosted races: Anglo Scottish Cup, ISSC .
Further updates in progress.
10 May 2013
The BSA is the UK's most successful junior Alpine race training centre this century. Whilst many young ski racers achieve excellent results by complementing their main club programme with spells at the BSA, those racers who train exclusively under the BSA banner have achieved the following:
Best overall Children One (U14) club at the British Alpine Ski championships 2004 2005 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Best overall Children Two (U16) club at the British Alpine Ski championships 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011 2012 2013
Malcolm Erskine, BSA Programme Director:
"I am delighted that the core team for 2012 will remain largely unchanged for 2013. Ali and Scott continue their excellent work as BSA head girls’ and boys’ coach respectively, supported by Ruslan, Bori and Aileen as the principal coaches. We also have some great guest coaches lined up for busy times, including British Team racers Jai Geyer and Lynn Sharp.
Training groups will continue to be decided each week mainly on the basis of the results from our end of week races and skills contests. The weekly group selection is designed to engender a spirit of competition amongst the trainees who will appreciate that the faster they ski in the races and develop their skill base, the higher their group placing for the following week. The coaches will ensure that every trainee receives a high level of attention to help oversee their development and progress. Each coach will be responsible for the ski and fitness training, video work and ski prep of their small group. Each group's video sessions will be hosted by their coach and attended by other coaches to ensure a range of input as well as continuity.
We have a series of events planned for all trainees, including the six days of BASS events that we host in les Houches, skier cross and jumps competitions. Also, we will be entering our speediest long-stay trainees in regular events against the best French children across Haute Savoie.
On the schooling side I would like to thank Brendan McCormick for delivering such a strong programme and such effective tutorial teams in the last six years. We continue to hear reports of students returning to school with improved grades. This demonstrates that with hard work children can excel at both sport and school.