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Ravens Ski Club is the North East of England's premiere ski racing club. We train at Silksworth Ski Slope in Sunderland every Wednesday from 7-9pm. Ravens has a comprehensive race development programme with five coaching groups and seven coaches. Our race development team train every Sunday from 10-12pm as well as monthly trips to Xscape in Castleford to train on snow. For further details visit our website www.ravensskiclub.co.uk or contact us on 07774843651.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Great race tonight to kick start the new winter series. 60 races and 3 runs, big thank you to all the officials and everyone who helped!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sunday training is on this week with Lee Bennett from 10 - 12pm. First winter series race next Wednesday make sure you get there early!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Castleford snow dome

Hi folks

There is a castleford training seesion on the 6th august 9am - 12..
the cost is £33 this includes coaching

Anyone wishing to attend can you please contact me ravensnews@gmail.com or 07592141571

(non-members of ravens who are wanting to ski at the snow dome with ravens and be coached by our coaches. must pay the ravens membership to be able to ski.. as you will not be insured. and may be liable if any accident were to occur.)


Saturday, 16 July 2011

Places are going fast now for Voss. Only about 10 places left so let me know asap if you want to go

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Slope remains shut this week. Hopefully will be open by next week will keep you all posted

Friday, 1 July 2011

News update part 2

There is quite a lot of rumour and speculation about Ravens Ski Club planning to take on the running of Silksworth Ski Slope. I can confirm that we have had talks with senior management about a variety of ways in which Ravens can take a more active role in the slope going forward. Discussions are still at a very early stage and nothing has been finalised. There is no doubt there is going to be a degree of change for all parties to get to grips with however at present it is business as usual for the time being. Discussions are taking place with committee memebers and coaches on a variety of plans going forward. Whether a memeber or non memeber of the club, if you wish to express any views or thoughts or wish to be involved in the process going forward please feel free to give me a call on 07774843651.

news update

Will hopefully get to know on Monday whether the slope is open next week. There are reports of higher than normal levels of bacteria in the water system at the slope but management have assured me there is no 'legionella outbreaks' and are working to resolve the problem asap.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Winter series presentation and summer BBQ this Friday at Ramside. Last chance to buy tickets on Wednesday night!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Great days skiing at Sunderland today. Great turn out for Ravens Ski Club and some fantastic results. Well done to everyone who took part!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Training Camp

Hi Folks

This Sundays Race Development Squad Training is the last open session. Athletes MUST be taking part in the club national or grand prix race on the 4th / 5th June to attend the sesion. The cost for this coming Sundays training is £10.10. 

There are still places for our race camp on the Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June - before our club national / Grand Prix

The Camp runs from 11am - 4pm. Includes 1 hour fitness and 4 hours race training.Cost = £30 per day or £50 if booking on both days.
Names and £10 deposit (per day) needed in advance - 

If anyone is interested in taking part in the race training camp, please contact myself Rach Smith or Lee Bennett on (07966028093) /  Leebennett@live.co.uk 
Lee is also available on Wednesdays for anyone who has any questions re the training camp/club national. 

Anyone wishing to take party in the club national, may do so by filling in a day entry form, Anil will have the day entry form or myself. or you may wish to download a form from our website.  
The race cost £17 to enter.  (the day registration is not payable by any raven member, as this is paid for by ravens)

Finally, for those attending the race at Pendle this Saturday Lee Bennett will be there to assist you racers in their medal winning efforts ;-)

Thursday, 19 May 2011


Hi Folks

For the next two weeks the Sunday training will be open to all member who are taking part in the club national and grand prix race which is taking place at Silksworth Ski Slope 4th & 5th June. 

There will be a camp on the Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June - before our club national / Grand Prix

Camp runs from 11-4.
1 hour fitness and 4 hours skiing.
£30 per day or £50 if booking on both days.
Names and £10 deposit needed in advance - 

If anyone is interested in taking part in the training camp, 
please contact myself rach smith or Lee Bennett on (07966028093) /  Leebennett@live.co.uk 
Lee is also available on Wednesdays for anyone who has any questions re the training camp/club national. 

Anyone wishing to take party in the club national, may do so by filling in a day entry form, Anil will have the day entry form or myself. or you may wish to download a form from our website.  
The race cost £17 to enter.  (the day registration is not payable by any raven member, as this is paid for by ravens) 

Can i also ask for the winter series trophies be handed back to myself (rach smith) before 15th June as these will need to be engraved before the summer BBQ. 

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Latest Ravens News

Hi Folks
Just a few dates for the diary coming up!
The last Winter Series Race is next Wednesday 4th April. We will get off to another prompt start and aim to get through 3 runs again like last month. The success of the race depends on the help and cooperation of the parents so please get there early and make yourself available to help out where possible.
The Ravens Summer BBQ and Winter Series Presentation is on Friday 24th June at Ramside Hall Golf Club. The evening will start from 7pm and will include BBQ, Disco and Presentation. Tickets are £7.50 per person and will be available to buy from Anil from next Wednesday. Based on how popular the Xmas Night was im sure it will ber a success so get tickets early!
We will be holding a parents evening on Wednesday 11th May in the Heritage room hosted by Marie Lee. Marie will be available to give parents a little more insight into the way in which the race scene works and how you and your child can get involved in racing. She will cover involvement in Club Nationals and the seed sytem for Gran Prix's as well as how to get registered for the forth coming Club National at Silksworth.
The Ravens Club National and Gran Prix weekend is fast approaching and is on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June. The coaches will be talking to both the skiers and the parents over the coming weeks and will where apporpriate be advising you whether you should consider entering. On the whole i think most of the skiers at Ravens are at a level where they should consider entering but if you want more information please speak to your relevant coach. Several of the coaches will be available on both days to give advice and help with course inspection and we are looking to get as many local skiers as possible to enter.
I think that covers the main things for now but feel free to get in touch!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Winter Series is on next Wednesday. As always we need parents to help out so can you please email back to confirm if you are willing to help on the night. All jobs are available and there are several parents on hand to explain things if you are unsure. We will be moving to a new system for next year whereby all skiers taking part will be required to provide an official or helper (we will publish details at the AGM).

Ravens had another great training session at Castleford yesterday, plans are under way to organise another one for May. The snowdome is getting quieter now so we will be running other trips through the summer but with later starting times so watch this space for further details.

The Winter Series presentation and summer bbq is now booked for friday 24th June at Ramside Golf club. Due to the success of the xmas one we will be putting tickets out for this in the next couple of weeks so keep the date clear in your social calendar!

John Greenwood will be taking a more active role in organising events and training sessions while Lee is out of action. John will also have a more active role in communication of events going forward. This will hopefully ensure more information about upcoming events is communicated quicker and more frequently. John will be posting on the Ravens Facebook account as well as the blog page. We will aim to keep emails to once a fortnight and the noticeboard updated every three months.

And finally....whilst it is some way off, Ravens ski club is always looking for new members to join the committee. I am in my 3rd year as chairman and whilst i said i would commit to 5 years I also said there was a break clause after 3 so this is the perfect time for someone to step up and take over the role if they wish. There are several roles available within the committe and As a club i also think it is important that the committee attracts fresh faces so that it is run in a way that reflects what it its members want. If you are interested in joining or taking a more active role in the club please let me or any of the other committee members know.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Castleford training

hi folk

snow dome session back,
Cost is £33 per person including lift pass and coaching for 3 hours. Coaching will be availbale for parents as well so email as soon as possible if you want a place or give me a call to discuss if you want more information. 07774843651.
there is more info on our facebook events page

Anyone who is wanting to go to the training morning down at castleford and are not a member will have to pay the membership fee £20, 

Friday, 18 March 2011

Lee Bennett has started his treatment, wishing you all the best Bennett!

Monday, 14 March 2011


Hi folks

Just a quick reminder that this months castleford training is on Saturday 26th march,
8am-11am the cost for this is £33.
Anyone wanting to go can you please email ravens news


Thursday, 10 March 2011


Hi folks

There will be NO Sunday training, this Sunday


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Hi all

Voss - 45 Ravens went out to Voss during the half term. We flew out from Newcastle and arrived in Voss to be met by blue sky, sunshine and perfect snow conditions, albeit a bit chilly! Hotel Jahl looked after us perfectly for the week and the resort provided us with our own piste and excellent training facilities for the week. Parents, athletes and coaches all agreed it was a fantastic week and preliminary plans are under way to book again for next year. If you want more details for next year they will me coming out in the next couple of months.

Race Calendar - The races for this year are published on www.britski.org. We are aiming to compete in a number of races this year as a club. The first race we intend competing at is the Chillfactore on 23rd 24th April in the indoor championships Manchester. Many of the skiers are showing significant improvement on race night and we are keen as a club to encourage as many as possible to have a go at racing in a more competitive environment. We appreciate there are a number of skiers who have not registered to race before so if you need any further information or assistance please let us know. We will be looking to book Premier inns in Manchester in the coming week so let me know if you are interested.

Race Night - Thankyou to everyone who helped on race night last week. I appreciate it was particularly cold and it was one of those nights where the timing gear seemed to be determined to go wrong at every opportunity. Thanks to the several new parents who helped last week. Race night can not run without the assistance of the parents. We will be changing the rules after this winter series so that it is not the same parents being expected to help each race night. In the meantime if you havnt assisted yet during this winter series the next race night will be on Wednesday 30th March and we would love to hear from you!

Winter Series Presentation and Summer BBQ - following the positive feedback from the Xmas Party we have provisionally booked Ramside Golf Club on Friday 24th June. Further details to follow.

Sunday Training - As many of you know Lee Bennett is going into hospital and will be unable to take Sunday training for the next 6 weeks. We are looking into alternative arrangements and will let you know over the next week. I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone at Ravens when I say we wish him well and a very speedy recovery.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Just a reminder that Sunday training is on tomorrow with lee bennett

Saturday, 26 February 2011

6 days of perfect snow conditions 26 skiers all tired after a long week of training but all wanting to return voss 2012 planning underway!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

3 days of GS training blue skies sun and perfect snow! Slalom tomorrow pics and video getting uploaded to follow

Saturday, 19 February 2011

In the pub in voss preparing for tomorrows training session. £10 a pint ouch!!!!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Just a reminder for everyone travelling to Voss on Saturday to be in the airport terminal no later than 1.45pm for check in. Thanx

Monday, 7 February 2011

Another 10cm of snow fell in Voss today. Lots of deep powder snow and only 11 days to go!

Monday, 31 January 2011

2 metres of snow in Voss and a toasty 1c. Mind you it was -17c 2 days ago so still might be a good idea to take the thermals!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Good race training session at Castleford this morning. No session in feb due to Voss trip. check the blog for next dates
Matthew Cook has suddenly got
very interested in snowboardinghttp://ping.fm/eH8a8
Travel arrangements to voss have now been emailed out

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Sunday Training and Race Night

Just a reminder that Race training is on this Sunday. It is race night this Wednesday, we still need some officials so let me know if you are available.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Latest Ravens News

Due to the derby between Sunderland and Newcastle Lee Bennett is unavailable to take Sunday training this weekend (he plans to be in a pub somewhere watching the match!).
We have the next snowdome training at Castleford booked for Saturday 29th January from 8am until 11am. Cost is £27 per person to Castleford plus £5 coaching fee.
The next race night is on Wednesday 26th January, officials are need so please let me know if you are available.
Andy Turns took video of his group tonight and it is posted on the blog for you to see, there is quite a bit of footage so best play it right the way through to see if you are on there!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a great Christmas. Ravens is on this Wednesday as normal and Sunday training will resume this week also. Can I remind everyone who is going to Voss that it is that painful time when you have to pay the balance. Anil will be there on Wednesday to part you from your cash!