Roller-ski race entries for GB series, 24 August at Hetton, nr Durham

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The sixth race in the GB roller-ski series is being held at Hetton Country Park, nr Durham, on Sat 24 August, as part of the Snowsport England coaching weekend hosted by Tyneside Loipers. The 15km classic-style race (8 laps of the scenic Hetton track) will be starting at about 4pm. There will also be shorter races for novices and juniors, run concurrently with the main race. For full details see the race entry form or contact the race organiser Alasdair Wilson.
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Summer roller skiing and the Snowsport England Coaching weekend in August

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The August Bank Holiday coaching weekend at Hetton is only 2 months away. We will have some top roller ski coaches, led by ex-Olympian Patrick Winterton who will be taking the advanced group. Adam Pinney and Dagmar Junghanns are sharing the beginner/improver and intermediate groups. And Katya (Ekaterina Rachel) is lined up for a second advanced group if numbers warrant it (which is looking fairly likely). Bookings are coming in for the course at a steady rate. The weekend of coaching will definitely improve your skiing technique on roller skis and on-snow, at whatever your current level. For more details, see the course information dossier. Or contact Alan who is the course organiser on behalf of Snowsport England. Les Cavill, who has recently taken up roller skiing, has written a…
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Mike Hall’s Engadin Ski Marathon – March 2019

Winter 2018-19
I have been dabbling with cross country skiing for some years now and have had a go at most of our free heel skiing disciplines.  More recently I have been contemplating a Nordic ski race.  My former employer (Architect- Sir Norman Foster) takes part in the Engedin marathon most years.  I am nearly thirty years his junior and, if he can do it, so can I!  I signed up with Totally Nordic, run by Alan Eason, for the short race week culminating in the main 42km event on the Sunday, the biggest race in Europe.  Despite upping my roller-skiing in preparation, my first day on snow was pretty shabby.  I couldn’t believe how bad my technique seemed and I was wasting so much energy.  Alan Eason somehow disassembled my skiing technique and reassembled it in 3 days - No mean feat!   Come the race day itself…
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Alasdair takes part in the 2019 World Masters in Norway

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Congratulations to Alasdair Wilson who competed in the World Masters cross-country ski championships in Beitostolen Norway in early March. Alasdair is a regular member of the GB team (undoubtedly our most well-travelled and competitive skier)! He travelled to Beitostolen after spending a few days with the rest of the Loipers in Dalseter. Held over a full week with races of different distances up to 45km, the Masters attracts teams from all over the world and the GB team are hard pressed to compete against more experienced opposition, many of them ex- world cup athletes. Alasdair was pleased with his own performance and delighted that team-mate Kelley Haniver (almost a Loiper!) won bronze and silver medals early in the week, then finally gold in the last day of competition. It was…
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3 Club members join SSE Nordic coaching week in Kvitavatn

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Club members Gwenda and Les Cavill and Alasdair Wilson joined the Snowsport England on-snow coaching week in Kvitavatn, Norway, in early April 2019. They had a good week of late-season snow with excellent coaching from top SSE instructors including Patrick Winterton and Alan Eason. Gwenda summed it up nicely by saying that the week delivered all that she had hoped for.. "significant improvements to my technical skiing ability and an enjoyable holiday". Read a full account from Gwenda here. Alasdair was returning to Kvitavatn having done the World Masters cross country championships in Bietostolen only a few weeks earlier. He was looking to sharpen up his skiing technique and to upgrade his qualifications to Level 2 on-snow instructor which he successfully did (with the proviso that he does a one-hour…
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Loipers End of Season Meet – 14th May

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-We are holding our usual end of season get together on 14th May - this year hosted by Mike Hall and his wife Sally in Darras Hall. Full details are coming out by email. Please contact Mike to let him know you are coming and to give him an idea of what food you will bring along. The usual plan is that the club provides the wine and members contribute with food of some kind (savoury or sweet). Come and join us - find out what others have been doing over the winter, catch up with the slideshow (anything to do with cross-country and telemark skiing) and talk about what we might be doing over the summer and next winter. Hope to see you there!
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Snowsport England Roller-ski Coaching weekend – 24/25 Aug 2019

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Tyneside Loipers are again hosting this weekend of roller ski coaching at Hetton Country Park near Durham. There will be at least 3 ability groups (probably 4) from beginner to advanced, with coaching from SSE-qualified coaches, led by ex-Olympic athlete Patrick Winterton. Hetton Country Park has a 1.8km tarmac track which encircles a large lake and includes two short hills for more experienced skiers and gentle terrain for beginners. Participants will improve their cross-country ski technique (classic and skate), gain confidence for skiing on snow, pick up loads of helpful training tips, and just have a fantastic time. You can also chose to put your new-found skills to the test in the Saturday afternoon race. For more information, contact the organiser Alan Mitcham. Download the detailed course brochure here and…
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Canada in March 2020

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Skiing from Mistaya Lodge in 2015 Eight Loiper members are signed up for the Mistaya Lodge trip next March, returning to one of our favourite wilderness lodges in the Canadian Rockies. A number of us were there in 2015 for a wonderful week of guided ski touring - some of us on telemark skis and others on alpine touring gear. Mistaya Lodge is accessed by helicopter from the town of Golden in BC. Once at the lodge we are looked after by a resident cook and two guides who are well practised in finding the best skiing terrain, usually with fresh untracked snow every day. Some days we will be skinning up the nearby peaks and skiing down from the summit. On other days we will be skiing in the…
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Tyneside Loipers hut touring in the Jotunheim – March 2019

Winter 2018-19
Eight intrepid Loipers went directly from Dalseter to the Jotunheim for 9 days of hut touring. We arrived at the lovely Spiterstulen Fjellstue after a few hours on the bus and an expensive taxi journey. The snow in the Spiterstulen valley was thinner than we would have liked. We followed the winter route first to the unstaffed hut at Olavsbu and then on to the staffed hut at Fondsbu (still run by Solberg, a wonderful lady who some of us remember from 2004). Olavsbu was very cold (-12 degC) - clearly nobody had been there for a few days. We spent the whole evening wearing all our layers. The route to Fondsbu had been newly marked with birch twigs and it was mostly sunny and an easier day except for…
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Tyneside Loipers at Dalseter, Norway, March 2019

Winter 2018-19
No less than 26 Loipers (and 15 or so cross-country skiers from elsewhere in the UK) joined John Mordue and his team of leaders for a week of track skiing and off-track touring at Dalseter, 2nd to 9th March. A number of us had stayed here in March 2016 and it was a pleasure to be back at the Dalseter hotel run by the ever helpful Grethe. A few of our group were new to cross-country skiing. They made good use of the coaching available from John's team of SSE-qualified leaders. Several new members of the Loipers skied mostly on prepared tracks, with excellent coaching from Dagmar Junghanns, Pam Curwen and Rosie Blades. Others (including some of our first time Nordic skiers) joined Stefan and his wife Lisa for some…
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