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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.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Day 1 in Bormio

Following a long journey yesterday, parents and skiers got down to the business of ski racing today. It was an early start for some as the Super G training was a 7am start in order to catch the early lifts and the hard packed piste. It hasn’t snowed here since 11th February and it shows it off the piste. However the day started with sun shine and good visibility.

Naturally the first port of call is to pay for and collect your lift pass, there was a small queue but all went to plan. With ski pass in pocket and appropriate skis and poles in hand the skier ventured up the mountain to begin their practice. Slalom, GS and Super G courses have been set up to allow racers to become accustomed to the piste and conditions.

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A long line of willing racers line up for the Super G practice piste down the flood lit Stelvio piste which drops from 1952m down to the town level at 1225m. The piste is very icy but with well prepared skis, can be very grippy. Good luck to those attempting the race, it’s a formidable challenge. The piste is open until 11pm for those who haven’t had enough skiing in a normal day!

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The race training continues tomorrow as well as the start of the actual races. The FIS NJR Slalom and Super-G are kicking off, please see the race officials for exact timing and start lists.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a max -1oC min of –12oC, sunny with flurries.
Good luck to all.

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