Race Training

There are a number of training options available for race training.

SASA Club Session – Alpine Snowsports Southampton Sunday and SNOWTRAX Tuesday Nights

Tuesdays, 18:00 to 19:15 from 4 Aug at SNOWTRAX


Dear SASA members

Race training has now started at Southampton Alpine Centre. They are currently running up to 3 sessions on a Sunday and booking should be done through active nation website – see the Links below.   Schedules are likely to change so keep an eye on their Facebook page.



CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19 SASA provides its own club-run children’s training sessions (improver sessions and sessions providing an introduction to race training) every Tuesday at 16:45 during term time at Southampton Alpine Centre.   We also arrange regular beginner lessons as the need arises.

  • Format:  Training will be organised into groups;  improver group(s) and an advanced/race training intro group. There will also still be the periodic beginner classes, possibly including the option of a course for parents.
  • Price:    Sessions will  cost £7.00 per head for members and £8.00 per head for guests / trial members.

We need an average turnout of 10 per group to cover our costs so if any of you are in a position to pay half-termly, it would be a great help but we would still rather see the kids come sometimes than not at all.

Newcomers are always welcome, please contact Lesley Gash for more information:  01962 711178


SASA Training Days

The club runs training days a couple of times a year,  usually in spring and early autumn to coincide with the races that SASA organises.  These take place at the Alpine Centre and run from approximately 09:30 – 16:00.  Training is both on and off hill,  to give trainees a taster of importance of non skiing fitness to help improve their skiing.   We will send details of upcoming training days out to all members.  We will also advertise dates and details in the News section of the website and on our Facebook page.

Race Training Camp – Landgraaf – Postponed until Further Notice

Dear SASA members

As you will no doubt have guessed from the absence of any advertising, the SASA committee have concluded that in the current climate it was unworkable to try and run an October Landgraaf camp.

What we have done, is push our booking forward to the May half term to follow on from the BASS races.

The BASS weekend will be Saturday 29th to Monday 31st and  the SASA camp would then run Monday 31st to Friday 4th June.

We don’t currently have a price for this as we are waiting for 2021 prices from Snowworld. We can then also only hope that the virus situation has calmed enough for us to go ahead with the camp.

We take the safety and well-being of all our members, parents and volunteers very seriously and can only hope that by May it will be safe for all involved to travel to Holland.

SnowWorld is Europe’s largest indoor ski centre,  with five slopes and seven lifts, including the race slope which is over 500 metres long.  We stay at the on  site hotel,  which makes getting to training very easy but it also allows trainees and parents to get to know each other better.    Landgraaf is in the Netherlands,  about three hours drive from Calais.

The race camp is normally held during the October half term,  arriving on Monday lunchtime and leaving on Friday after lunch.  There are morning and afternoon ski coaching sessions and off-slope training sessions as well.    Many families make a holiday of it,  but we can accept unaccompanied trainees,  if suitable transport can be arranged for them.

Training is not just for the junior members of the family,  in 2017,  12 ‘Masters’ trained with the junior squad at Landgraaf and in 2018 Masters trained at both the Piani training camp and Landgraaf.  Most of the Masters had no prior racing experience,  so if you fancy trying it out but are unsure as to whether to take the plunge,  have a word with one of the committee or any of the racers from Landgraaf or Piani.


Non-SASA Options – 

The following options are not run or endorsed by SASA, but are popular options that are normally attended by a number of SASA members:

Southampton Alpine Centre –  Race Training 

These public sessions are run by Southampton Alpine Centre as follows:

  • Tuesday 18:30 to 20:00
  • Thursday 19:00 to 20:30
  • Sunday 9.30 to 11:00

Please contact the Alpine Centre for more information and bookings:  023 80790970 / 023 80780676

ESSKIA Training Days

A number of ESSKIA Training days are held around the country during the summer, open to all schoolchildren.  The events are usually held on a weekend in late June.

Spencer Pession Race Camp

An annual camp held in early August at Southampton.  Residential and day options available. Great fun and always well supported by SASA members.