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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, 20 February 2013

Day 4 in Bormio – new race format gets thumbs up from coaches and kids.

Once again an early start was made to the day with the inspections of the U10/U12 combi race and the U14/U16 GS races happening at 9am.
Many folks, including SSE, for some time didn’t know the exact format of the minis race. But following a meeting with the Bormio team the format became clear.
The combi race is a multi facetted race to test and develop many of the aspects of the alpine disciplines. The coaches agreed that setting a course with wide gates, verticale, jumps and tunnels would mimic the various elements in slalom, GS and Super G.

Racers and coaches study the mini ‘San Pietro jump’

As usual, these events can’t take place without the aid and support of a wide range of volunteers and it was Lions Ski Club who stepped up to the mark today to offer assistance with timing gear and prizes – many thanks to them.
Mums and dads waited eagerly to see their little loved ones come over the last jump and into the finish area. For one skier, George Fisher (22), the temptation to spray the whole crowd with icy snow was too great a temptation – thanks George Smile.

All great fun!

Meanwhile on the same slope, just 30m away, our U14 and U16 boys and girls were testing their mettle against Stella Alpina. While the course was challenging and the snow conditions very icy, it seems the majority of racers had a safe run and enjoyed the experience.

Ravens racersThree racers from Ravens Ski Racing Club were very happy with their performances. For Laurence Beer (left) and Roddy Weir (right) it was their first Giant Slalom and they posted best times of around 51s while Rory Farren (centre)managed around 47s, well done to you all.

Full race results are available from Snowsports England.

…and finally the weather – we are expecting some snow overnight with temperatures around freezing at 1200m. With today’s great weather and fantastic visibility once the sun was over Cima Piazzi, it would be a shame to see a change for the final two days of racing.

Good luck to all tomorrow.

Fact of the day – this is Bormio’s town flag.

More details of the racing at http://racer-ready.co.uk/

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