Welcome to Gloucester Ski Club
About Gloucester Ski Club
Take your skiing to the next level!
We are a dynamic, fun and very successful racing club based at the Gloucester Ski & Snowboarding Centre. The main aim of the club is to remain "a family friendly, fun club", providing the environment and opportunity for children and adult members to reach the standard of skiing they are both capable of and want to achieve. At the same time we also provide the skill, expert coaching and training to develop talented children into international level skiers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the standard for joining?
Children aged 9 and below must be able to confidently ski in control, using a small snowplough, from the top of the slope. They must be confident enough to begin taking part in drills/exercises that may require lifting a ski from the ground at various parts of the turn or traverse.
Children aged 10 and above must be able to ski confidently from the top of the slope, using consistent parallel turns, to complete a variety of size and speed turns.
What happens at training?
At most training sessions skiers complete warm-up exercises as one group before being split into smaller groups, either determined by ability or the technical skills that will be focused on in that session. This means that for most of the time skiers will train in the same groups but on occasions they may be moved around for specific training needs. Most sessions involve working on technical skills outside of gates first with a chance to focus on gates later in the session.
Technical skills training will take many forms involving various drills to work on stance, balance, edging and co-ordination and racing skills to name but a few. These drills may be performed from the top of the slope or in some cases from level one of the slope if they are straight running exercises. During the majority of sessions trainees will have the chance to put their work into practice by skiing gates, again these gates may be set for the purpose of practicing specific drills or skills, or may be set to complete race runs.
What equipment is needed?
It is not necessary to have your own equipment as this is available from the ski centre with the exception of helmets. Following a new member’s first session we ask that all skiers have their own ski helmet; however, the majority of members soon find the benefit of having their own ski equipment.
Is competitive racing compulsory?
All skiers are encouraged to put their skills and hard work into practice by competing in various races however this is not compulsory. Some skiers are happy to train and develop their skills without putting them into a competitive situation and as a club we will support them with this. If skiers are keen to race then the first step is the Summer Race League where local clubs compete once a month over the summer and earn points for their team. This event is held at Gloucester Ski Centre. The majority of skiers then progress to become registered ski racers and compete at races held across the country.
When can I join?
We are always keen to welcome new members and anyone interested in joining the club can come along to any session for a trial. Please contact us using the Contact Us page below.
Meet Our Coaches
UK Level 4 Alpine Coach, Dragons Alpine Coach, SSW Academy Programme Coach and former England Alpine Team Selector.
Meet the committee members
Ian Alastair Jenkins
I field the inquiries regarding joining the Club and generally try and support the Club & its members. Both my children have attended the Club regularly since 2020. As a one-time ski instructor I used to ski better than my children, but things change, don’t they? Our coaches have a lot to answer for!"
Contact us for your first free trial session!