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SKIERS from all over the UK descended on The Hill – home of Ski Rossendale to take part in the Club Nationals Weekend.

Manager at The Hill Dave Fuller said: “We had people from Norfolk, the Midlands and all over the North West.

“There were nearly 100 skiing on the slope in different classes, U14s, U16s, U18s and Seniors along with U10s and U12s who race but are not officially posting scores. “There are also first, second and third in the girls and boys. “This is the third time we have held this event since we got back on the slopes after Covid. It is a really exciting competition and it gives the skiers something to aim for.

The Saturday sees races at Pendle Ski Centre and the competitors move on to Rossendale for the Sunday.

Dave added: “It is great to bring nearly 100 skiers to the slope and to see Rossendale.”

Two of the many competitors from Ski Rossendale Race Club, SRR, were Issy Slater and Jess Greenwood.

Jess, 15, from Manchester, has been skiing in Rossendale since she was eight, was a member of the 2k Club at nine and has been with SRR since she turned 11.

She said: “I came here because the Chill Factore is expensive, but I stayed because I like the slope and I like my coaches.

“I would say I am an OK skier. The slalom can be pretty stressful but also relieving because when you get a PB [Personal Best] or you beat you time it is a really good feeling.”

Issy, 14, from Bolton, only started completing in the national events this year and this weekend was only her third and fourth races. In Pendle she came fourth.

She said: “On my first run I could not find my racing skis and I was at the top of the slope when one of my colleagues came up with them. I would normally have had 10 minutes to settle but I got my skis on just seconds before I had to go down the slope.”


Saying that, Issy finished the course in 19.24 seconds and on her second run she posted exactly the same time.

On Jess’s first run she did not finish, but her second attempt saw a clear run and the time of 18.42.

The final placings all depend on the third run which has to be finished in order for the skiers to be listed and both Issy and Jess completed the course.

In the U16 Girls races, Issy finished in fifth place and Jess in third.

On June 2 there will be a fun race at The Hill open to all and further events will be held in July, September and October.

Written by Catherine Smyth Media 

Photos taken by Catherine Smyth Media