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EVENTS FOR EVERYONE...
SSSA Indoor Slopestyle Champs
IN SEPTEMBERAT SNOWFACTOR
Open to both newbie and experienced primary and secondary freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Schools may enter any number of teams of up to 4 pupils who will enjoy a full day at Snowfactor with a coached practice session followed by 2 judged runs on a purpose built indoor park.Pupils best score counts for their individual ranking in their age group and gender. School teams are then ranked based on the sum of their best three pupil's times.
SSSA Autumn Dual Slalom Series Champs
OVER SEPTEMBER + OCTOBERACROSS ALL LOCAL SKI CENTRESWITH FINALS AT SNOWFACTOR
Open to all levels of skier, this event is possibly one of the best opportunities for primary and secondary school pupils to have their first go at schools ski racing at their local dry slope.Schools must enter a team of 4 racers (with an optional 5th sub). Teams race head-to-head against all other schools on parallel slalom courses, in a relay race. It's fun, fast and furious. Regional qualifying events are held at 9 locations around the country and winning teams qualify to go on to the finals held in Snowfactor at the end of October.
SSSA Dryslope Champs
IN OCTOBERAT BEARSDEN
Designed for some of the more accomplished secondary school alpine racers, the SSSA dryslope championships serve not only as the Scottish Schools Dryslope Champs but also as the qualifier for the British Schools Champs which is usually held in November.
Schools may enter any number of teams of up to 4 pupils who will receive 2 timed runs on a slalom course. Pupil's best times determine their individual ranking in their age group and gender. School teams are then ranked based on the sum of their best three pupil's times. NOTE: Only single gender teams can qualify to go on to the British champs.
SSSA Indoor Skier + Boarder Cross Champs
IN NOVEMBERAT SNOWFACTOR
Open to primary and secondary schools skiers and snowboarders. Schools may enter any number of teams of up to 4 pupils who will enjoy a full day at Snowfactor with a practice run followed by 2 timed runs on a purpose built indoor skier/boarder cross course. Pupil's best times determine their individual ranking in their age group and gender. School teams are then ranked based on the sum of their best three pupil's times.
SSSA Alpine Series
OVER FEBRUARY + MARCHACROSS ALL 5 MOUNTAIN SKI CENTRES
The jewel in the crown of the SSSA year is the annual Alpine Series qualifying races and Championship Finals held at mountain ski centres around Scotland. The event comprises 5 regional primary and secondary school qualifying ski races held at Nevis, Glencoe, Glenshee, Cairngorm and the Lecht. These are timed slalom or giant slalom races in real alpine conditions, where winners from each regional event can then progress onto the SSSA Alpine Championship Finals in March.Designed for all levels of skier this series offers pupils the opportunity to try competing on real snow in the mountain environment. Schools can enter any number of teams comprising anything up to 4 racers from any age category. All competitors get 2 timed runs, the best of which determines their individual ranking in their own category. School teams are then ranked using the sum of their best 3 individual times.The SSSA Alpine Series provides a fantastic opportunity for schools to participate in ski racing on snow. Each year the event attracts around 1000 primary and secondary pupils, so be quick with your school entry to avoid disappointment.
World Schools Champs
Every 2 years the SSSA takes a team of the top 20 Scottish schools alpine athletes to represent Scotland at the ISF World Winter Games. This prestigious event, run by the ISF usually takes place in February and moves venue for each occurence. It comprises alpine slalom and giant slalom disciplines.Whilst athletes pay for their place in the team the cost is subsidised by the SSSA as far as possible. This opportunity represents a real highlight in many skier's careers and the SSSA takes real pride in supporting athletes to attend the event and represent their country.
NEED HELP GETTING STARTED?
If your school is new to SSSA events then don't worry, you are in good hands. We can help you choose the most appropriate event and get organised to bring your pupils along for a great day to remember. There are just a few steps to follow:-
Decide what event to enter and put out an announcement in school to see how many pupils are keen to attend the event.
If you have too many pupils interested, you will need to select your school ski team using an open and transparent selection process. The best way to do this is to contact your local ski centre and ask them to host a time trial. They will willingly help you with all of this.
Once you have decided on your team complete the SSSA online entry form in good time to secure your place.
Organise a couple of practice/training sessions for your team at your local centre. Again they will happily help out with this.
Ask some of the experienced "skier parents" of pupils to help with logistics and organisation. They can be a great asset in helping with transport or supervision.
Prepare your schools excursion paperwork and be sure to come to the event with a completed SSSA team registration sheet and full payment ready for all your pupils. (Registration sheets are issued prior to each event)
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