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Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Race Results OUT now

Congratulation once again to Rory Farren and Ian Jackson for pulling out some top draw performances at tonight's third Winter Series Race Night.

Rory produced 3 fantastic runs getting better and better on every run. (13.81, 13.52, 13.47)

Rory happy with his performance
The Doctor has certainly been taking the right medicine as he produced two sensational runs to take second spot in the race and first spot, ahead of Richie TED Weir in second for the masters. Well done to Ian.

Sadly Rory's Dad and ski technician supremo, Claude the Red Barron Farren, skied out on his last run claiming he would have "high sided" if he had made the gate - you'll have to review that one with Big Dave when you're in Tignes next month Red.

Congratulations are also worth awarding to Matty Cook who produced 3 great runs to finish him in 4thh place behind Tom Larby who produced a solid performance as usual.

Well done to all.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Race Night Tonight - good luck Ian and Lois

Its another fantastic race night tonight with all the excitement of a FIS race.

We have just heard that Lindsey Vonn  is back to full fitness after she skied nearly a second faster than the day's second quickest racer, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, at the Lake Louise downhill training on Tuesday.

Lindsey Vonn ready for another fantastic run
Lets hope its the same for all of our top skiers and especially The Doctor - Ian Jackson, who like Linsey has been perfecting his technique through hard work and dedicated mental conditioning - good luck Ian.

Ian and Lois hoping to take the winners prizes tonight
Good luck to all the other racers, a full report will be out tomorrow - Thursday

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Well done the Girls (and) Ian

Well done to the dedicated Jackson girls and Kat who turned out in appalling weather to practice for this Wednesday's race night.

As a special favour our No1 race coach Lee Bennett set up a near identical race course to allow the girls to practice.


Lois Jackson said, "I'm a dedicated racer and I'll do anything to win a Yorkie".

Even The Doctor said he preferred the wet conditions, but we knew that from his former successes!

Well done Valentino


Saturday, 10 November 2012

Free Coaching for Polar Bears this Wednesday

Ravens are offering FREE COACHING to any Polar Bears coming along this Wednesday.

·      We have 7 coaching staff who are all Snow Sports England and BASI (British Association of Snow Sports Instructors) qualified

·      Our coaches are ex racers who have raced at the highest levels

·      Our coaches provide a defined progression plan with written feedback

·      We have monthly race nights enabling you to track your progress

·      Contact us at:

Tel. John Greenwood (Chairman) 07515893239


Friday, 2 November 2012

Ravens Racer Seed Points and Emer's thumb

Our very own Brian Morris has been hard at work with his pencil and paper to come up with the Ravens Racers seed points for the first 2 winter series races.

You can see his calculations by following the link:-

Brian's seed points calculations


Just to be like Adam O'Mara, Emer Weir has also broken (fractured) her thumb (while skiing) and is off to the RVI tomorrow to have them fix it. Well done to her mum and dad who ignored her cries for help for the past 10 days!

Susan with both thumbs in tact


Christmas is only 52 days away so here are some suggestions for your xmas stockings:-

1 x new Dynastar Skis
1 x new POC helmet
1 x new leg guards
1 x new Leki racing gloves
1 x new leki "trigger-s" poles

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Winter Series Race 2 - Results eventually out

Hi Guys,

Sorry for the delay in publishing these results but here they are:-


Conratulations to the Jonny for a fantastic time and hard luck to Adam O'Mara who broke is thumb during his warm down, get well soon Ad.(Have you seen "The Doctor"?)

Also....don't forget 2 things:-

1. Next week is Monthly Ravens Pass week where you can purchase your pass for the month and make a massive saving.

2. Our new Chairman John Greenwood has organised a snow trip to Xscape at Castleford, Leeds for those who want to experience indoor snow racing.

Its a family trip with coaching for the parents as well as the kids.

Date is 10th November 2012.