We are sad to announce the loss of another influential club member, Ian Carswell who passed away on 22 April 2022 aged 90
Ian was a well loved and dedicated member of the club. Enthusiastic and good humoured he put in his time on the committee as secretary from 1991 to 1995 and president from 1999 to 2001.
He will be well remembered by many and we send our condolences to the family. His funeral is on the 6 May 2022 in Perth – details below. There is also an option of requesting an online link if you cannot make it in person.
The race is on! Gather in the car park 9 – 9:30 am and we will walk up from there. Hopefully there will be an opportunity to get kit taken up in CMSL vehicles.
We are aiming for 11 am (ish) start, 2 runs then repair to the hut for a barbecue. Bring £5 to cover food/soft drinks.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Hans Kuwall on 25 December. Through his instruction and coaching at Hillend, Carrbridge Ski School and the Scottish Ski Club in particular, Hans had a massive influence in the development of Scottish ski racers over many years. He was a character and a legend in Scottish skiing and I’m sure there will be many funny and fond Hans stories being remembered and re-told. Our thoughts are with his family.
Details of the funeral below. There will be speakers broadcasting the service outside for anyone wanting to remain outside and there is a plan to organise an archway of skis for the attendees to walk under as they exit the church. If any of those who trained with Hans over the generations would like to bring a ski with them they are welcome to participate in that simple gesture of appreciation. Loddy Cooke (Beckett) will have the lead in organising that on the day.
We are delighted to announce the very first recipients of the SSC Bursary that we are delivering in partnership with Alpine Training Centre SCIO. Congratulations to Heather Ballantyne, Iona Ballantyne, Archie Laing and Max Blyth who have all been awarded bursaries to attend training camps with ATC in the Alps in the 2021-22 season. We hope this opportunity will help them achieve their potential and look forward to hearing how they get on.
WHAT IS THE CAIRNGORM SKI CLUB SNOWSPORTS EQUIPMENT SALE?
The annual Cairngorm Ski Club Snowsports Equipment Sale offers snowsports fans an excellent opportunity to buy and sell second hand and new ski and snowboard equipment and clothing. Here you can find a wide range of competitively priced equipment to suit all budgets. Goods can be closely inspected and boots tried for fit with ski club members and coaches are available for advice.
We do not accept for sale old skinny skis, boots with obviously heavily worn toe and heel pieces nor skis with obviously broken edges, unrepaired full thickness base damage or very loose bindings. The sale, run entirely by volunteers, is on Saturday 13th November 2021 at Dalfaber Golf and Country Club, Aviemore PH22 1ST.
The sale takes place between 3:30pm and 5:30pm and a queue develops before doors open at 3:30pm. Entrance is 50 pence per adult and children are free.There is an opportunity to closely inspect goods but please do not hoard items you do not intend to buy. Ski Club members will be available for advice. Payment is by cash or cheque with only limited potential for bank transfer.In the past there has been a large queue to pay but an increased number of sales desks now means the queue moves quickly.
You can sell second hand and new ski and snowboard equipment and clothing and some try their luck with other outdoor gear. When deciding what to sell it’s worth asking yourself, “Would I buy this?” It’s not the Antique Road Show! Everyone who wishes to mount a pair of old skinny skis on a bar or bedroom wall already seems to have a pair, therefore we don’t accept “old skinny” skis. We also won’t accept boots with obviously heavily worn toe and heel pieces nor skis with obviously broken edges, unrepaired full thickness base damage or obviously very loose bindings, and a club member will quickly check equipment at check in. Other than these restrictions you can try your hand at selling anything as long as you pick it up if it’s not sold. If you are intending to sell more than 80 items please contact John, the organiser, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), to discuss in advance, otherwise we can’t guarantee to accept all the items on the day. Goods for sale should be dropped in between 9 am and 1:30 pm. Items are detailed, listed and tagged then placed on the sale floor by helpers. It costs £3.00 to enter each 20 items or less. The minimum price for goods is £6, less than this and we’ll accept the item as a donation.
Between 7:15 and 8:30 pm sellers can pick up their unsold items and collect their money. Changes introduced recently should ensure payout is quicker than before, and on arrival sellers will be given a list of their sold and unsold goods. Unsold items not picked up will be disposed of. 15% of sale price is retained by Cairngorm Ski Club to cover the cost of the sale and subsidise the club’s ski training programme.
Sellers can choose not to attend payout but have a cheque sent to them or a bank transfer for items sold provided they are happy to donate unsold items to Cairngorm Ski Club.
The club accepts donations of ski or snowboard equipment or clothing. These should be handed in between 9am and 1:30 pm. Donations are sold with all proceeds going to the club and if donations do not sell the club disposes of them. We reserve the right to decline donations we think are very unlikely to sell but will accept almost any equipment.
The Scottish Ski Club Bursary in partnership with The Alpine Training Centre SCIO was launched in early March and, in less than 3 months, we achieved our target of £25,000!
This early success is great news as it means that the club can begin to consider bursary applications for race camps from this autumn onwards. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated.
Applications are now invited from SSC race trainees for the first group of bursaries, which will provide up to £1,350, covering the camp fee for one of the ATC training camps in the autumn and winter. Details of how to apply can be found on both our club website (www.scottishskiclub.org.uk) or at ATC (www.atccharity.com)
In addition, the outstanding success of the initial bursary appeal means that we can extend the help we give to our youngest members. This will be in the form of a heavily subsidised training week at Cairngorm next February, to coincide with the half term break. Further details to follow!
The financial support that our bursary programme provides will make a huge difference, and there is no better proof of this than the experiences of our club member Charlie Guest. Charlie has just completed her most successful season yet, scoring points in a number of World Cup slaloms, and winning a Europa Cup for the second time. In her early teens, Charlie was the beneficiary of a previous SSC administered bursary scheme and, without that support, she says that she may not have been able to continue racing.
The generosity of those who have donated so far will make a huge contribution to the development of our next generation of racers, thanks once again for your support. What an amazing club to be part of.
Moira Langmuir, SSC President