We have a number of skis and boots and poles of all sizes for use by club members. These are mostly metal-edged touring skis with leather boots and 75mm touring bindings. A small charge may be made for the hire of these items, which are currently kept by Neil in Wylam. An up to date list of club equipment may be downloaded here.
We also have a store of roller skis (with SNS combi boots) which are kept by Alasdair in Forest Hall. The skis are suitable for classic and skate skiing. Again a small charge may be made for hire.
Please note that helmets must be worn for all club roller skiing (any formal or informal group involving club members. This brings us into line with policy adopted by the Nordic Committee of Snowsport England.
A significant part of your membership subscription goes to Snowsport England (the governing body for our sport) to whom we are affiliated. The club is represented on their Nordic Committee and benefits from coaching schemes and events that are organised for the benefit of UK cross-country ski clubs (weekend roller ski coaching, on-snow coaching weeks in Norway, indoor-snowdome telemark festivals, etc).
Insurance and Personal Responsibility
As part of our SSE affiliation, the club benefits from public liability insurance which protects the club and its officers against claims from personal injury or damage to property on skiing-related trips and club business. It does not cover us against non-skiing activities (bike rides, canoeing trips, etc). Club members are advised that they should have their own insurance cover for club holidays and also that they are responsible for their own participation in all skiing and non-skiing activities. Members who lead day trips in the UK or hut touring in Norway or any other events are volunteers and do not necessarily have formal qualifications for those activities.
Data Protection (GDPR)
A member database is kept by the Membership Secretary and from time to time he/she may circulate a list of members with their approximate location, contact phone numbers and email addresses. Contact details are shared only for the purpose of coordinating club activities. Members whose details appear on the list will have signed to the effect on their original membership application that they are willing to share that information. (If you wish not to share your contact details with other members, that is an option on the membership form.) No membership contact details will be shared with any third party or commercial organisation without the express consent of the members.
Email correspondence to the membership as a whole will be delivered via an email sharing site (currently google groups) which effectively hides members’ individual email addresses. Such emails will include updates on club activities, Snowsport England events and other relevant business. Emails between individual members are at their own discretion.