This was our second year running the Surrey Schools Ski Championships, and it ran even better than the last! We returned to Aldershot Ski Slope with 197 competitors all keen to get racing.
With an ambitious schedule the skiers arrived bright and early Sunday morning and began open practice. With the skiers warming up we had our team captain's meeting where we had an abundance of volunteers (very much appreciated). After the team captains meeting, the course was set by Surbition School and inspected carefully by the competitors. At 10.20, on the dot, racer number 1 left the start gate and kicked off the first run of the special slalom. The two runs ran smoothly with some first-time racers tackling their nerves. As we came to an end of the special slalom the race the day was not yet over. Whilst we changed the format of the course and set, one red and one blue course adjacent to each other, the computer was working out the teams evenly according to the skier's slalom runs in the morning. First to race were the primary school racers, followed by the Secondary racers. Once the dual slalom races had whittled their way down to the final few teams the atmosphere was incredible with the crowd in utter silence awaiting the skiers to be set off. The spectators were cheering on the skiers, with the intensity rising, each racer leaving the start after their team mate had crossed the line. With an appressed finish the dual brought great excitement and lots of fun for all.
After the racing had come to an end, it was time for the award ceremony. We had a huge amount of trophies and medals to give out to all those placing top 3 in their age categories. The event was great fun to organise, very entertaining to watch and we hope to see you all again next year.