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 or academy has helped more young racers to bridge the gap from aspiring child ski racer to the full GB national ski team.
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. 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. The Interschool Ski Challenge in March is always a highlight and is followed by the BSA Champs for a 4-day race bonanza. See GBSKI.com for all upcoming race information as well as invitations and how to enter.
We have a strong support programme for elite racers 16 and over, who attend camps and international (FIS) races year round. There are many events locally in the Valais region and Portes du Soleil. NW Italy and the Haute Savoie are also easily accessible.
For race camps outside of winter season, (May to Nov) see Events pages: Summer and Autumn Glacier camps as well as camps for indoor and outdoor slope training. We have a major presence at indoor and outdoor events in the UK; training and race support will be available at various venues.
For questions regarding the sports programme please contact Malcolm.
To compete in FIS races you will need current membership of a home nation snowsports organisation (snowsport England, Scotland or Wales) as well as a FIS licence which is issued by GB Snowsports. (https://www.gbsnowsport.com/newsinfo/fis-licences-ipc-licences-race-entries) .
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 12) are not eligible for seed points, but it is useful to register anyway. FIS racers will also need a FIS licence.
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