Is My Son/Daughter Good Enough To Attend The BSA?
If your child enjoys skiing fast and is competitive the answer is YES. We attract many of the best young racers in the UK and also provide the first experience of racing for trainees aged 11 and under. These young students will ideally have skied frequently with families, done well at ski school and have a real zest for skiing fast as well as being good at other sports. Students aged 15 and over would already be known ski racers who can be assessed by their race record. You can imagine a scale between these criteria for students aged between 11 and 14.
Ideally we will meet potential students and assess their ability before either party has to make a commitment. This can be done at artificial slopes in Britain or summer/October snow camps, or on taster days in Aosta during the winter. If this is not practicable then we can make a judgement on available information. 9 times out of 10, if people contact us, their children will be suitable.
What If We Belong To Another Ski Club?
We find no conflict of interests for the racer. If the BSA is to be your main contact with the sport you are welcome to nominate BSA as your club for races, or your local club depending on your allegiances. You can nominate 2 clubs when registering as a racer (see below) and we support members of all the established clubs. If you would like further advice about ski race clubs please ask.
What Is “Registering As A Racer”?
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. See below
What About Insurance?
Each student must have personal medical insurance cover, which includes ski racing and race training. For the formal (BASS) races "Alpine Ski Racing Insurance" is required. Besides insurance available at Snowsport England, see below, the group MPI Brokers have proved to be generally reliable.
What Clothing And Equipment Will We Need To Bring?
Ski, fitness and casual. See BSA equipment and clothing list and you are in doubt please speak to us. BSA branded items are not compulsory but options are available. We can always buy something a student needs and recover the cost later. That is one reason for holding a deposit.
Other Useful Information
BSA Safeguarding Policy, see Alpine Experience.
Who Are The WSF?
The Winter Sports Foundation creates Bespoke Funds for competitors on the basis that they are eligible for grant aid under the WSF Memorandum and Articles of Association. Easy to talk to and helpful, contact them at: http://www.wintersportsfoundation.co.uk/
What Documents Must We Provide?
Passport and insurance – or a copy of insurance documents. Also, we must be in possession of parts 1 and 2 of the application/acceptance forms before we can take charge of your son/daughter.
What About Pocket Money?
The BSA can hold pocket money for safekeeping and issue according to instructions, or issue pocket money against final invoicing. We do not recommend students hold large sums of money themselves.
What About Phones?
Students can always have access to a phone if they need it. Mobiles are only restricted to reasonable use, ie. not during lessons, late at night.
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