Ski Guiding for the visually impaired, Akaslompolo, Northern Finland – Feb 2020

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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 last week of February 2020. Ebony Hall of Tyneside Loipers has signed up as a guide for this year. Anyone else interested in acting as a guide should please contact Lyn Street as soon as possible.  Download the information sheet here. Alasdair Wilson volunteered as a guide in 2014 and his report is in the Feb 2015 Loipers newsletter. And here is another more recent article from 2018. Stop Press If you would like to ski at Akaslompolo for the last week…
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Loipers AGM and Social, 8th October 2019

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Thanks to all who attended the AGM at the Northumberland Club in Jesmond on 8th October. What a surprise - the existing committee were re-elected unopposed (hopefully we will have some new faces one of these days)! We had some good discussion about club kit, Loiper activities and ski trips for this winter. Alan gave a quick demo of our updated website and Mike gave a nice explanation of our new club logo (both of which were well received). Thanks particularly to Neil for chairing the meeting and Charlie for the minutes and thanks to the Northumberland Club for the buffet (much better than last year!). The meeting rounded off with a few slides including some impressive photos of the Hetton roller ski event and race, plus some historic photos…
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Alasdair upgrades to Level 2 Club Coach at Lancaster Roller-Ski weekend

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Congratulations to Alasdair Wilson who attended the Roller-ski Coaching Weekend at Lancaster on 5/6th October. A successful follow-up to the Snowsport England On-Snow Coaching course at Kvitavatn in April, Alasdair had to take a one-hour observed coaching session with a group of roller-skiers to satisfy senior tutor Patrick Winterton and pass his Level 2 On-Snow coaching qualification. He is already qualified as a Level 2 Club Coach for roller-skiing. Alasdair competing in the 2016 World Masters. Alasdair is now 'bang up to date with current best techniques' having also attended the 1-day coaching workshop with top quality teaching from Scott Dixon and Patrick.
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SSE Roller-ski Coaching Weekend at Hetton, Aug 2019

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The August Bank Holiday weekend surprised us with a mini heat wave (too hot for some!). Twenty participants from around the UK turned up for two days of top quality coaching from Martin Watkins, Dagmar Junghanns and Adam Pinney, with each of the coaches covering all aspects of classic and skate skiing technique. Alasdair organised the all-comers race on Saturday afternoon, part of the 2019 GB roller-ski race series, with great competition particularly from some of the GB Nordic Juniors who made the trip down from Scotland. And a particularly impressive performance too from ex-Olympian Martin Watkins. Many thanks to our three coaches. And especial thanks to Alasdair and others from Tyneside Loipers for the efficient smooth running of the event, at short notice, with the 'organiser' undergoing lifesaving surgery…
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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

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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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