The Snow Centre has become the first official UK training base for the British Disabled Ski Team (BDST) and Britainâ€™s Ski Cross athletes including Emily Sarsfield and Ed Drake.
The vast 160 metre indoor snow slope … has been used by the BDST Team for regular summer training sessions with its easy access for both athletes and coaching staff.
Andrew Lockerbie, Performance Director for the British Disabled Ski Team comments:
â€œThis is an excellent opportunity for Disability Snowsport and the British Disabled Ski Team to forge a much stronger relationship with The Snow Centre. We have worked with them since they opened and they have been strong supporters of adaptive skiing at the grassroots level. It is fantastic that they are now able to support our elite athletes with their excellent facilities as well on their journey to the Sochi Winter Paralympic Gamesâ€
BDST Athletes will have free access to the slope for training sessions and free skiing as well as special early opening times to allow full use of the facilities before the public arrive.
Britainâ€™s Ski Cross athletes have never before been offered a permanent training home so this is a first of its kind for the athletes in this country.
Emily Sarsfield, Britainâ€™s best top Ski Cross athlete adds, â€œHaving the unrivalled real snow facilities of The Snow Centre available at any time is a great boost for me. Training for Ski Cross is a challenge in the UK, but the Snow Centreâ€™s facilities are the next best thing to training in the mountains. Their â€œhave a go ski crossâ€ sessions are also great to inspire the next generation of UK competitors!Â â€œ
Ex Downhill skier and convert to Ski Cross for Sochi 2014, Ed Drake ran the first Ski Cross course this summer at The Snow Centre and hopes to run more of these in Spring 2014 when and the Sochi Winter Olympics has finished. Ed is equally excited about the new training base:
“We are thrilled to have secured The Snow Centre as the British Skier Cross Team’s training base, with its enviable location and fantastic training facilities. The efficient staff are consistently on hand catering to our every need to ensure we reach our full potential ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi”, adds Drake.
Peter Gillespie, Head of Snowsports School at The Snow Centre comments:
â€œWe are delighted to be the UK training base for the British Disabled Ski Team and our Ski Cross athletes. Since opening in 2009 we have often been host to many of the athletes training and itâ€™s so pleasing to see them on this journey to Sochi. The athletes are also a source of inspiration