At the BSA our purpose is to be a stepping stone for athletes aiming to achieve a world class level of performance in Alpine ski racing. No other training group in the UK comes close to helping so many young racers to bridge the gap from aspiring child ski racer to national team junior.
The sports programme involves technical ski training, free skiing, gate training, strategy, psychology, video work, all aspects of fitness conditioning and cross-training in other sports.
Racers have a daily routine of stretching and regular conditioning supervised in groups of six by their coach for the week. The BSA gym contains ski specific exercise machines, balance, strength and co-ordination equipment. To make the very most of their stay at the academy, racers are encouraged to work towards a high level of fitness before arrival. Trainees are taught how to prepare and maintain their ski equipment. BSA coaches ensure that all trainees' ski equipment is regularly serviced and prepped to race standard.
From December the BSA opens its doors to competitive young British ski racers preparing for the Anglo Scottish Cup in January 2017. Adapting the tutoring schedule where necessary. we attend British run (BASS) events such as the Welsh Alpine Champs at the end of January and the English Champs in half term. See www.britski.org for event details. The Interschool Ski Challenge in March is always a highlight - this season scheduled in the Aosta Valley for the first time.
At the end of the season racers train with the BSA at camps for the British and Scottish Junior and Children's Ski Championships. (Some trainees return to their clubs for school holiday programmes and race support.)
We have a strong support programme for elite racers over 16 who attend camps and international (FIS) races year round. There are many events locally in Pila and in the Aosta valley. Other Italian regions, the Swiss Valais and the Haute Savoie are also accessible.
For race camps outside of winter season, (May to Nov) see Events pages: Summer camps, October camp, Chile, Cervinia, Hintertux & etc.
For the 2017 off-season the BSA will have a major presence at indoor and outdoor events in the UK as sponsor of the GBR Indoor & Outdoor Race Series, the premier British events. Training and race support will be available at all the venues, including a camp at Norwich leading up to the English Dry Slope Champs.
For questions regarding the sports programme please contact Malcolm. Don't forget to register in the BASS system (British Alpine Seeding System) with your home nation governing body. See below.
British Alpine Seeding System - BASS To take part in an organised ski race a competitor should have a national start licence. This is issued by the English, Welsh or Scottish Ski Councils. Registered racers are listed on a seed points list. Minis (under 11) are not eligible for seed points, but it is useful to register anyway.
Snowsport Scotland 0131 625 4405
Snowsport England 0150 923 2323
Snowsport Wales 0292 056 1904
Registration takes time so please register well before your first race of the season, and remember to re-register each year – you will be prompted to do this by the registering authority
For "Alpine Ski Racing" insurance try: snowsportenglandinsurance.com