Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2018-05-21T16:52:30+00:00

How well do I have to be able to ski to train with JR Skiracing?

You should be able to have a basic level of competence, ski black alpine runs unassisted and have performed some kind of regular indoor / outdoor artificial race gate training sessions. Camps are demanding so you should be able to cope on your own. We will give extra training and help with ski preparation.

How good you are already is not critical to us. What we want is to see commitment and determination to improve. We respect and value athletes who give of their best whatever level they are working at. We know the commitment and sacrifices that families make to ensure that the young racer gets these opportunities.

The programmes are designed to cater for

• The Talented Athlete – It has been shown that with this type of programme it is possible to develop to the highest level however it does need careful programming and determination to succeed.

• The Improving Athlete – has some experience of alpine racing, really enthusiastic, loves skiing and racing and wants to see how far they can progress.

• The Developing Athlete – has loved the experience gained at UK facilities but wants to gain mountain snow experience and to gain a firm technical basis in order to move on to FIS alpine ski racing.

Why choose a part-time training programme?

It may be that the young skier wants to spend the majority of their time living at home and continuing their education at their own school.

In England, the statutory school year is 190 days or 38 weeks. That leaves 14 weeks of non-school time which could be available for training. Once a skier indicates their wish to train with us, we design, together with their parents, a programme to suit them. This would combine UK based support and training, together with race training at our camps in Europe.

How are training groups arranged?

Athletes work in age-based groups and with group sizes of between 8-10 athletes per coach. FIS athletes will train separately to younger age groups due to the demands a regulations on ski lengths and course regulations.

Occasionally the top end of Children’s group may have an opportunity to train with the FIS athletes to aid the process of moving up the following year. However this will be done on an individual basis and towards the end of the season.

What happens if camp rules are not adhered to?

Camp rules will be set out by the coach and are put in place to guarantee safety and maximize training success. If a student breaks the rules, a warning is given. If this warning is disregarded, the athlete will be sent home without exception and without reimbursement of camp costs.

Will the athletes always have the same coach?

We feel continuity is important to training so in general every effort will be made to have consistency but there maybe times throughout the season when this isn’t possible but this will always be done carefully so that the athlete is comfortable with and will benefit from the change of coach.

It all sounds a bit serious, will there be any fun in such a professional training environment?

At JR Skiracing, we believe that if the athlete is happy and in a positive training environment, they will perform better and achieve more. Therefore even though it will be a challenging programme which is needed for progression, each session will encourage the athlete in a positive manner to increase their performance.

Off-snow fitness sessions will also be challenging but there will be times where the athletes are allowed to play team sports, such as volleyball, handball and other active coordination sports.

What is an EHIC Card and how do I apply for it?

The EHIC – European Health and Insurance Card (previously known as the E111) now lets you get state health care in other EAA and Switzerland at a reduced cost and sometimes even free. It is important to know that this DOES NOT replace your travel insurance.

You can apply for your EHIC card free of charge by going to the following link.

https://www.gov.uk/european-health-insurance-card