Saturday, February 28, 2015

Training Sunday March 1st

I'm getting a few questions about training tomorrow. I can see no reason for it not to be on, so we'll have training as planned.

Many Thanks, GW

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bormio English Alpine Champs

Photo courtesy of racer-ready

With lots of us busy over the February break, many off skiing, there were 4 Gordon skiers who went out to the British Championships in Bormio.

Both Beth Whatford and Keiran Troup have been spending time at the British Ski Academy in Les Houches where they met up and joined Tabby and Amelia Allan in Bormio. 

Keiran and Beth had good races, Beth Whatford constantly placing top 10 in her races, with a best result of 6th place for slalom. She is showing form this season and is knocking firmly at the door of a secure top 5 U14 girls in Britain, if she keeps up the good work then she can look forward to a successful British championships in Tignes. 

Training at Lecht , Sunday March 1st.

Evening everyone.

For those attending the Glenshee Skier Cross this weekend, the race will be supported by Kenny and Gary W

Regular training will take place, at the Lecht, on Sunday with coaches Ali M, Jamie R, John McR and James P. With a large number expected for training it makes sense to train on our home turf.

All of our gates and equipment are there and we can make better use of the hut.

Ali will be on performance with the other coaches taking care of the other trainees.

We should have 32 athletes at the Lecht on Sunday with 12 racers at Glenshee.

Fingers crossed for a great weekend. See you all soon,

Gary W

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Scottish Skier & Boarder Cross Championships Glenshee , 28 Feb - 1 Mar

This weekend sees the Scottish Skier and Boarder Cross Championships up at Glenshee.  This year the course will be over on Butcharts due to the snow conditions.

We are aware that after last years successes a number of you are keen to be involved and have already entered.  Could you please let us know ASAP if you have entered so that we can finalise numbers for training on Sunday and also see if we can arrange coach support for the skier cross.

As usual please contact James as the race convenor on

For full details go to their Facebook page

Friday, February 13, 2015

Training Sunday 15th February and 22nd February

There's a lot of training camps and International races on just now, as it's mid-term. As such, I'm expecting only 26 athletes at training on Sunday.

Sunday is a regular training day and we'll have John, James, Jamie and Malcolm for coaching. So, for those training, you're in for a treat with small groups.

Jamie will take the performance groups and the other groups will be split on Sunday.

Make the most of the training on Sunday and ask your coaches for plenty of feedback.

Remember that Gordon Skiers is a racing team. We're looking for all athletes to support each other and show us all some team spirit in training.

The following weekend is another race weekend, with 2 days of racing for Children and Saturday racing for the Bairns in the Cairngorm Open.  So far, we have 5 Children registered and one Bairn. As such, we can only provide support for the Children's races and Sunday's training will be at the Lecht.

Next weekend's coaches are John, Jamie, Alex, Malcolm. For now, I think it will be Alex in Aviemore, with all others at the Lecht for Sunday's training.

I'll be away next week, so may need to use the mailing list for any updates.

As usual, please ask if anything is unclear.

See You All Soon, 

Gary W

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cairngorm Open, 21st/22nd February

Hot on the heals of the Glenshee Winter Games comes the Cairngorm Open weekend on the 21st / 22nd February.  We need to know numbers entering for this weekend in order to sort out coaches and accommodation assuming numbers are sufficient.

Everyone at the Glenshee weekend will vouch for what a great weekends racing was had with great snow, great courses and great weather along with performances to match.

So if you have not yet started racing why not give it a try and enter at Cairngorm Entry Form. Closing date for entries is this Saturday 14th February.  If you intend entering or have entered please let James know ASAP on

Friday, February 06, 2015

Glenshee Racing and Training, Saturday & Sunday 7/8th February

Evening All,

I'm looking forward to another hot weekend of racing and have my fingers crossed for some great results for Gordons.

The coaching team this weekend is as follows:-
  • Ali, John MacRae and Gary W on Saturday. Race support for Bairns and Children. 
  • Ali, Malx, Jamie, Alex and Gary W on Sunday. 
Alex is new to the coaching team. I'm sure everyone will make him feel very welcome. Alex is an ex-racer and qualified ski instructor, so is another great addition to the coaching team.

We have 19 racers on Sunday, so will have coaching available for those not racing. Coaches will be swinging by the races though with their groups, to let them see what it's all about and that racing really is fun.

Bib collection for the racers is 08.30 so an early start.

As ever, please let me know if you have any questions.

I've already been made aware of 4 skiers not coming. Josh and Lennon A, Daisy C and Nathan S. These lucky 4 are off to the Alpes. I hope they have great fun.

New to the skiing squad this weekend will be Sophie Calder. Sophie has been a Gordon's Skier for many years and it will be fantastic to see a return of the Calders.

See you all at the weekend,

Gary W

Monday, February 02, 2015

Gordon Skiers Open

Hi folks

Sorry it has taken so long to produce the report on last weekend's racing but at least the lack of training this weekend has allowed a little catch-up time.

It was great to see so many of our skiers turning out for our home races, many racing for the first time and putting up some strong performances that belied their lack of experience.  Given the challenging courses, with a full (close to) 50 gate course for the BASS racers and a mix of GS and combi courses for the younger racers  34 out of a possible 40 skiers is a great turnout.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Todays Training Cancelled

OK In light of the update from the Lecht that they are unlikely to open today the decision has been made to cancel today's training.  At least we should have some good snow to race on next week so you can use this morning to get your entries in for the Glenshee Winter Games! (and don't forget to let James know you have entered!)

See you all next week!