Monday, 17 October 2016

Website Release, Wednesday 19 October will be reincarnated over the next couple of days,  update completion on Wednesday, with full season information and a new online booking system prepared for our regular BASS races, see below.  Meanwhile, allowing for a bug or two to be dealt with along the way, our contact info as usual:

BSA Admin, 0044 208 399 1181
Programme Director, Malcolm, 0044 7970 495533
Artemis Anglo Scottish Cup, 3/4/5 January 2017, Crevacol (ITA)

The Anglo Scottish will be held in Crevacol, a quiet spot close to the Grand Saint Bernard tunnel. There are lots of hotels from Aosta centre up to the ski hill. Visiting teams and families will need to arrange personal transport. With skiing up to 2400 metres it's a relief to have the run of snow-sure race pistes this early in the winter season.

Artemis British Interschool Ski Challenge, 20/21 March 2017, Pila (ITA)

The Interschools will take place in Pila. Visitors can lodge in resort or choose to stay in the valley and ride the gondola from Aosta centre. Since Pila will be hosting international races on 18/19 March, weekend gate training in resort will be limited. However, as an alternative we can offer full pre-Interschools gate training all weekend in the nearby resort of Crevacol. New visitors to the Aosta valley are in for a treat. Wonderful ski hills and great restaurants at affordable prices.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Chile Clip

Conrad's movie of the Chile Summer Camp.
High altitude.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Chile, Summer update by Conrad

First week here in Chile is almost in the books with a well-earned day off starting in less than 12 hours! Quick recap of the first days on snow: Sun, Ice, Steeps, Rollers, Right rippin' skiing, some Tired legs, and Smiles too big to measure with a conventional slalom tape. Here is some proof, although the smiles part you'll just have to take our word on.

Coming up on the end of week 2 here in Chile, and despite the name things are really heating up! Temperatures AND skiing. Over the last few days the athletes were subjected to some high speed SG, a lot more sun, stunning views, and a couple of very early season races to top it all off. Morale is higher than the 3000+ meter altitude we're training at, and the crew is ready for more!

After what has probably been a lifetime of looking for love in all the wrong places, Terry Fox the Chilean street dog took a chance on us and finally found what he's been looking for all these years — with Yasmin, Boxie and Oscar.

Cervinia/Zermatt Summer Notes

Our 2016 summer camp in Cervinia/Zermatt saw particularly good conditions and the overall progress of our young athletes. We set the bar high with a mix of talented new coaches and experienced ex-racers, and the trainees responded... Jordan's Mighty Minis, Brad's Bashful Boys, Nat's Groovy Girls and Conrad's Funky FIS Team, all made the most of the opportunity and the experience. Only one day of bad weather, so no complaints there. We had Steevo on Strength & Conditioning, and Lynn Mill as a superstar guest coach alongside two heroes of GB ski racing, Martin Bell and Alain Baxter, the only British men to have posted multiple top 10 results on the Alpine World Cup tour.* 

Housemum Alison Rankin oversaw proceedings with customary calm and good sense and we were delighted to welcome Martine Laughland to the BSA pastoral team for an exciting season ahead.

Congratulations to all the athletes and many thanks to the BSA Cervinia staff from Dom & Malc, The Management.

* Martin now coaches at the prestigious Vail Academy and Alain runs the best boot-fitting shop west of the Alps. (Watch out for their youngsters, by the way. Reece Bell is getting pretty speedy as she hits her final season before FIS, and young Kerr Baxter is a dynamo, always first up the hill and last off.) 

Jake Doyle laying down clean tracks
on his GS boards

Luca and Oli mugging for the camera

credit to Andrew Laughland for a fuzzy shot
outside the Sertorelli. 
Back row: Brad, Steve, Alain, Jordan, Conrad, Malc, Martin
Front Row: Ali, Lynn, Natalia, Martine

Monday, 22 August 2016

Stelvio Summer Report

The first training camp of the BSA's summer program was on the Stelvio glacier in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy.  The Passo del Stelvio is the second highest paved pass in the Alps and is a very popular pass for tourists and cyclists alike with the border of Switzerland a mere 200m away.
However we were not there for the driving, instead we were more interested in the cable car station across the road and the glacier it lead to.

The journey started differently for everyone involved. With coaches coming in from Canada and London, and athletes coming from France, Italy and the UK, many miles were covered to coordinate the logistics of setting up camp. By the time the team were all together we opted to stay lower in altitude at the BSA's English Champs base (the National Park hotel) in Isolaccia.  This gave us all time to acclimatise, organise the kit, goal set for the camp and recover from the travel.

A couple of days in and we moved base up to the Pass itself moving into the Pirovano hotel at 2757m.  This eliminated the 48 daily hairpins on the drive up the north side of the pass and focused the athletes for their high performance camp.  It was a small team, 10 athletes in total, 2 coaches, 60 gates and a training lane all to ourselves. The snow cover was brilliant, mainly due to the wintry weather conditions that we were experiencing at the start of the camp, and the turn-around was exceptionally quick. It was also quiet and easy to get some of the more interesting training areas to ski within. Stelvio has 3 main training lifts, with flat to steep terrain, speed lanes and lanes filled with rollers.

The team had a number of days on the slalom skis first working on the goals we had agreed through panelled slalom courses.  These were very effective sessions building on some foundations that set the athletes up for the rest of the camp.  Days on the hill are quite short at this time of year so the early afternoons were spent eating from the Italian buffet to refuel and resting before the afternoon dryland session.  At that altitude it was really easy to get the heart rate up so we tended to opt for intense but short sessions training a variety of types of fitness without over-tiring.  The gym and the swimming pool in the hotel helped us out a lot.  Each evening started with video analysis and a team meeting before eating a 4-course dinner.  The athletes could slot in tuning their skis wherever suited them best and early nights were had by all.

In following this daily routine, before we knew it we were over halfway through our 10 training days and decided to take a day off the skis to recover for the final push of Giant Slalom skiing.   We took the athletes down out of altitude for the day and drove over to the tax free town of Livigno for some active recovery activities.  The final GS stint whizzed past by training a series of gradients, sets and by adjusting to new equipment for many.  The coaches were really happy with the success of the camp, the focus of the athletes and changes that were made.  Many of the athletes travelled back home and a handful went back to the new BSA base (Hotel Miage) in Aosta for some R&R before the Cervinia summer camp started a couple of days later.  For a taster of what happened there, check out the video in the post below.....

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Norwich Slalom Camp 29 August to 02 September

We are taking bookings for our popular dry slope camp at the end of the summer break. Good training, races, fun and prizes.

Cervinia also booking July and Oct, and Chile for FIS group only.

BSA Calendar Page

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Brad Morgan joins Coaching Staff

Welcome back to Bradley Morgan, our newest full-time coach, joining us this summer. Brad is a superb athlete with a sub-50 FIS point profile across three Alpine disciplines and a recent career in professional road cycling, some of us already know him as an inspirational mentor and a true enthusiast. We couldn’t be more pleased.

Coach Brad is "looking forward to getting stuck into everything and turning these whippersnappers into rippersnappers!"

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Pre Season Training & Hotel Miage open Day

BSA Summer Training Camps
To register with BSA for 2016/2017 and for all pertinent information including fees and flights and booking form for the Summer and October snow camps, please download the registration/pre-season form from the website. (See website summer camps, download page, applications etc)
High Alpine training with top international coaches including Conrad Pridy, Natalia Pruska and Lynn Mill. Fitness guru Steve Cooper will join us for Cervinia as will Britain’s top male racers of the modern era: slalom wizard Alain Baxter and speed demon Martin Bell. Our Canadian coaches will support the team in Chile. What a line up! (Kit transport available at £50 per head for gear delivered to Malcolm in London by Wednesday 5 July. Kit can be stored in Aosta between camps.)

BSA Norwich Slalom Camp
29 August to 2 September 2016
Always popular induction camp at the UK’s best maintained dry slope. Booking form available at website summer camps

Hotel Miage Open Day
You are invited to a BSA open day at the Hotel Miage on Saturday 6 August. Cervinia summer camp trainees stopping over at the hotel will join BSA staff and visiting parents along with local ski clubs and dignitaries for an early evening cocktail and pizza party. We hope lots of BSA folk can attend. Invitation to follow on the BSA blog and facebook page.

Winter Season
Our winter base will be open from 03 December 2016 to 15 April 2017 with ski training and tutorial support available throughout the winter term. Many thanks to Brendan McCormick who hands over the tutorial reins to Penny McLennan after ten years of excellent service.
Our main training hills will be in Pila and Crevacol. Both resorts offer easy access from Aosta and snow-sure training pistes over 2000 metres.

Pila is one of the world’s most popular destinations for international ski racing. In 2016, from 6 January to 6 April the resort hosted 31 FIS Alpine events across all disciplines. Crevacol is a little-known gem, a quiet ski hill close to the Grand Saint Bernard tunnel, with FIS homologation in all disciplines except Downhill. Anyone who is new to the Aosta valley is in for a treat. Great snow, great pistes, and great restaurants at affordable prices.

Parents, for accommodation at our races or throughout the season, try or contact  Further information, including BSA 2017 fees can be see here:
If you would like to discuss your racer's progress and any aspect of their programme, fitness conditioning or equipment, please don’t hesitate to call.
Best wishes,
Malcolm Erskine BSA programme director  + 44 (0) 7970 495533
British Ski Academy team