The Hampton School Ski Team has been entering British Schools events on snow and on dry slope regularly for the last eight years. Our racers compete at Regional and National events and at FIS level.
The competitive year starts with the Dry Slope season and in June each year the team advertises for new recruits prepared to come to training sessions at Sandown Park, for practice and selection for the English Schools Ski Association (ESSKIA) races which are held which are held in the Autumn.
Last year we took four teams of four to the qualifying race in Welwyn. Two teams reached the English Schools Finals and one team represented the school in the English Open Finals in Rossendale.
Many members of the ski team train at Sandown Park Ski Race Club, or with Berkshire Race Squad at Bracknell where they are trained by Sandown Head Coach Kevin Blanks, or Berkshire’s Pete Heywood. They compete in regional and national races on dry slope and on snow.
The School organises an annual Junior Ski trip for pupils in the second and third years and a senior trip for boys in the fourth year and above.
The Junior trip usually travels over New Year and past visits have included:
- Les Menuires
- Serre Chevalier
- Alpes D’Huez
The Senior trip travels usually at the start of the Christmas holidays and we have recently visited; Cervinia in Italy and Winter Park and Heavenly in Colorado.