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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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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The snow has arrived at last

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Loipers Peter and Alison Aldred are the first this winter to get some local skiing. They skied today up from the Durham/Cumbria county border between Alston and Middleton in Teesdale. There was only a thin snow covering but, with a cloudless sky and no wind, it was almost a perfect day! Photos look great (see below).
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Mike and Alasdair are both heading for Cross Country Ski Marathons in March

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Good luck to Mike Hall who is heading to Switzerland in March for his debut (Engadin) ski marathon. Mike is doing a few days of training before the race with Alan Eason (a senior coach with Snowsport England) and was heard getting tips from Heather at the New Year Meal on Thursday! Alasdair will be competing in the World Masters Cross Country Ski Championships at Beitostolen in Norway (60-plus age category). Alasdair will be racing 3 or 4 events (classic and skating) up to 30km distance. He is no stranger to the World Masters and has competed most years at venues over Europe and N America. Good luck to Alasdair and the rest of the team.
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Ski Guiding for the visually impaired, Akaslompolo, Northern Finland – Feb 2019

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If you would like to give something back to the sport and also have a great week skiing with a sociable group of visually impaired skiers, then your help would be greatly appreciated. A group of blind and partially sighted skiers are going to Akaslompolo in Finland for the week of 3rd to 10th February 2019. Competent cross country skiers are needed as guides. Alasdair Wilson volunteered as a guide in 2014 and his report is in the Feb 2015 Loipers newsletter. Another recommended article can be read here (written by one of the participants who skied in the event this year). Contact details for the organiser Sheila Tucker are given in the article.
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Snowsport England Coaching Week, Kvitavatn – April 2019

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The Snowsport England Coaching week is returning to Kvitavatn (near Rjukan, in Norway's Telemark region). The three top SSE coaches Patrick Winterton, Mike Dixon and Alan Eason will be running a whole week of training focussing on cross country skills (classic and skating) and racing. Dates are 31st March to 7th April 2019. Highly recommended by several Loipers who have participated in previous years. Accommodation is available in the comfortable Kvitavatn Fjellstue. Full details can be found here.
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