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Kids Ski Racing

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
So junior has just turned 7 and joined the UK local race club. I know nothing about racing and very little about skiing.
So I'm just after some of your experiences of what I have to look forward to over the next number of years, both the good and the bad.
From my first impression the training looked well organised and I can see it improving his technique, especially as it fills in the 8 month void between ski trips. However I also envisage that travelling the length of the country to attend a race, waiting around all day, for less than a minute of action may become a bit of a chore.
Beyond that I have no idea about the time commitments, costs etc. so would welcome any feedback.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
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It's a really fun sport. The races are, to an extent, what you make of them. Learn the various roles (starter, marshalling, gate judge, timing etc) and help out, chat with other parents (it's a small sport so the same people will be around all the time) or prep skis and kit. Meanwhile, the kids basically go feral and race around the tress etc with the other kids.

The sportsmanship is normally very good (tho the parents can sometimes be troublesome!) and the kids always have to shake hands at the end of our head to head and team races before they can leave the slope.

I sometimes join in the training - it's really excellent for technique and makes you realise just how good you have to be to race fast.

You'll become acquainted with premier inns all around the country...
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at that age the training is the best part, theres no need to be traipsing all over the country. You will find a continual drain on your wallet as they tend to keep growing !! most clubs will operate some sort of buy/sell/swap for race kit and theres no need to buy new as theyre lucky if they get 6 months out of it, especially boots as their feet grow.

What part of the country are you in?? there are a few 'summer race leagues' around which are a fun way of racing, we are off to Gloucester tomorrow they get two time runs and then three head to heads over the day and its all part of a 'team' event so loads of banter and loads of kids the same age

good luck!!
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Cost at Snowtrax is about £40 to join the club, £200ish for an annual lift pass then about £4 a training session to cover coaches twice a week (a little extra if you hire equipment as well).

Races are about £10 to enter, then you NEED to spend about £20 on sweets, £20 on chocolate, £20 on fizzy drinks ... wink

Our summer season this year is 2 races a Southampton, 2 at Aldershot, 1 at Bowles and 1 at home. Bowles needs a hotel, the others are just early starts.

Several of the better kids are up and down the country every weekend. You do have to be dedicated to race in Manchester when you live in South Dorset snowHead
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Thanks for the replies. He has joined Hemel and he really enjoyed his 1st training session. I'm not too worried about the time/cost requirements at the moment, but I'm sure both will increase considerably by the time he's a teenager.
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