Monday, June 19, 2017

Gordon Skiers AGM 2017, 7.30pm Wednesday 21st June At The Broadstraik Inn Westhill

A final reminder that our AGM is this Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at the Broadstraik Inn at Westhill.

It is really important that as many members as possible attend.  This is your opportunity to shape the future of the club.  We have some important changes to the constitution of the club to be voted on and there are also a number of the current committee who are standing down so this is your opportunity to be involved in shaping the future direction of your club.

We would appreciate it if you could make time in your busy schedules to come and join us.

Gordon Skiers Committee

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Final Wednesday Training

A brilliant final night of racing tonight at the Alford Stade.

We had 16 members racing with 2 coaches joining in and it was red hot. We even had a dead heat for second place, with first place only 0.14s ahead (over 2 runs) Impressive skiing from all, but the biggest difference was, definitely, from coach Andrew Campbell. What a difference a sharp pair of skis can make. Even Andrew was impressed by the grip he was getting round the gates.

New to Under 14’s, William Lennox was showing some class with less than a second splitting him from first place (again, over two runs)

As has been the pattern over the Spring and Summer season, the courses have been becoming more difficult. Tonight we set a bigger offset with a difficult exit from a banana into a hairpin finish (Parents :- all questions and interpretation requests welcome) We saw some real drama in the last gates with near misses.

It’s been amazing to see the improvement in the skiing. As the difficulty of courses has increased we have seen the difference in times, from fastest to slowest, decrease drastically.

Our youngest female racer, Jera, continues to impress the coaches with her determination and skiing. Let’s watch the competition between Jeera and Finlay Smith, our youngest male racer, develop over the coming seasons.

Kathleen and Andrew ran great sessions before the racing tonight. Kathleen’s group was working on Body Management, focussing on keeping the hips forward to help the skis engage the turn earlier. Andrew was working the racers hard on race starts. He had set up a split timing system, so the racers could see where they were making and losing time in the race.

The final times will be issued once James updates the master sheet and publishes to the blog.

Many Thanks to all that have been attending the sessions. They’ve been a great success, with improvements for all. Also great to see so many new racers and parents.

I really hope Kiera Henderson is OK after her her tumble tonight and back ready to race soon.

See You All Soon, Gary W

Monday, June 12, 2017

Braehead Weekend

For those entered to and racing in the GBR Indoor Race 3 and Scottish Indoor Championships next weekend, please find below the plan for the weekend.

Here is the timetable for the weekend.

Unfortunately there will be no dedicated Gordon’s training on the Friday night, due to a communications failure between Snowfactor and Gordons.

The indoor races are always exciting to watch and take part in. The racing is fast and the whole course can be seen from the spectator’s viewing balcony.  As ever, please ensure skis are sharp. Indoor races tend to be on a firm surface. Once the soft snow has been pushed aside the race course will be firm and grippy.

The Bairns will race on stubbies, following the first race of the Children. Typically the Bairn’s race will be on the same course as the children, with the full gates replaced by stubbies.

Parents, if you’ve never skied in the Glasgow indoor slope before, please note helmets are compulsory. They must be worn even if walking out onto the snow to watch from the bottom of the slope. Typically it’s -6 in the dome, so wrap up warm.

Both races will be supported by 2 Gordon’s Coaches.  Please let me know if you have any questions, or if anything is unclear for next weekend.

Gary W

Sunday, June 11, 2017

GBR National Schools Championships

NE Scotland and Gordon Skiers head south to the cold of Chill Factor and run red hot in the GBR National Schools Indoor Champs.

William, Kieran and Paul were reunited for their first race together since the "Dream team" that cleaned up at SSSA Indoor Champs last Autumn. The boys blitzed the GB field and won the Junior school prize and another trophy for Newmachar Primary. Jonny Marshall also raced representing Meldrum Academy and to assist the younger guys with course inspection.

Results from the fearsome four were as follows;

  • Meldrum Academy - Boys Senior School champs
  • Newmachar Primary - Boys Junior School Champs
  • Jonny - 1st U16 boy, 2nd overall 
  • William - 1st U14 boy
  • Kieran - 1st U12 boy
  • Paul - 3rd U12 boy

All four will be racing again indoors at Braehead for Gordon Skiers next week. Hope to see a great team turn out!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Twin Peaks 2017 Report

Last weekend a team of Gordon Skiers travelled South to race in the Annual Twin Peaks Event.
As the name suggests, the race takes place on 2 separate hills.  Saturday’s races took place on the Tillicoultry Artificial slope at Firpark and the Sunday races took place on the legendary Hillend artificial slope, at the Midlothian Snowsports Centre.


As with all points races, the skiers must complete 2 separate courses, set by different course setters. Course 1 was a great warm up to racing with a fast Slalom. This is also great for the spectators.

Course 2 was set by Olympian Alain Baxter, which certainly threw up more of a challenge to skiers. Of the top 6 Males, only 2 managed to finish which is indicative of the level of difficulty.

Saturday’s race was part of the GBR series, so racers from all over the UK had travelled to take part, resulting in some very competitive races and a low points penalty.  Gordon’s had 11 racers taking part. 1 x U18, 7 x Bairns and 3 U14’s.

We were off to an impressive start with almost all of the Bairns racers completing both runs.  Young Michael McIntosh raced very well, in his first race, taking 14’th place in his age category.  Seasoned Racer Daisy Cowie was showing the younger Gordon’s girls the way with an impressive top 10 finish, in age category.

The U14 boys weren’t quite so lucky with a couple of the boys not managing to complete both runs. However, Nathan was showing the other clubs that we have talented racers in the NE, taking 7’th place, in age category, for Gordons.

We only had one entry, Beth Whatford, in the U18 category. Beth had a very strong performance in the second run to take first place for Gordon Skiers.  Well done Beth


Racing at Hillend is always a challenge for the non-locals. There’s a huge advantage to training on the (almost) biggest artificial slope in Europe. Our skiers always surprise me and do very well, with most Gordon Skiers only managing to attend 2 races there a year. We did make it onto the hill for a short training session on the Saturday evening, following the Firpark, race.

The race start at Hillend is very steep and worth a look if you’ve never been to the top. Well done to all of our U14’s and above for competing and competing there.  We had 8 racers taking part on Sunday. 4 x Bairns, 3 x U14’s and 1 x U18.

Once again the racers must compete on 2 courses. This time the Bairns had their very own slope to race on, with the best 2, out of 3, runs counting to their final time.

Michael MacIntosh, once again, should his talent by skiing into 14’th place. Racing has really brought Michael’s skiing on, so well done to him.  Solid performances from the U14 boys with Nathan Smith skiing well into the top 10, in 8’th place, with Ben Whatford being just outside in 12’th place.

Another impressive podium for Beth Whatford at Hillend, this time taking the Silver Medal.

The next races are the British Series and Scottish Indoor Championships at Braehead. Entries have now closed for these races.   If you are thinking of entering a race and feel a little unsure. Why not speak to one of our experienced coaches, or speak to some of the racers and their parents. I’m sure they’ll be able to put you more at ease.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Entries For Scottish and British Dry Slope Champs Now Open

We have just been notified that the entries are now live for both the Scottish Dry Slope Championships on September 2nd and 3rd and  the British Artificial Slope Alpine Champs which are being held at Hillend on September 23rd and 24th.

Saturday will be Slalom and Sunday will be GS for all U14 and older skiers.

There will also be unseeded races both day for U10 and U12 skiers.

Please see the link below for entry forms.

Given the Indoor events next weekend have filled up we would suspect that entries for the above event will be large too and therefore recommend those wishing to attend make their entries as early as possible.

AGM, Further Proposal for Constitution Change

We have had a proposal for a further change to the constitution from member Margaret Brown. Margaret has suggested that under Section 13, Procedure At the Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings, Section v) Every member of the club over the age of eighteen years shall be entitled to vote should be amended to read “Every member over the age of sixteen years shall be entitled to vote.”

This proposal will be voted on at the AGM along with the proposed changes already publicised.