At Rydal Penrhos we are fortunate to be within an hour’s drive of three artificial ski slopes, with the snow of the Manchester Chill Factore just a little further away. Skiing has been a significant part of the school’s extra-curricular programme for a number of years. Around 70 Pre-Prep and Prep school pupils, from as young as four, take part in weekly ski sessions through the autumn and winter, along with race training and racing in both the Senior and Prep. Most Prep school pupils develop their skiing during the weekly Thursday afternoon sessions and the racers continue competing through the Senior school. Both the Prep and Senior schools run recreational ski holidays to the Alps, Dolomites and America.
Ski racing in Wales is organised by Snowsport Wales, the National Governing Body, and the race cycle starts with the North Wales Championships which are usually held in September at Plas y Brenin in Snowdonia. The better teams will then progress to the Welsh Championships on the west Wales coast at Llangrannog. Finish positions in this competition qualify the top Senior teams for the British Championships.
The competition is open to the top 25 school teams from across Britain and Rydal Penrhos regularly finishes in the top 5 of this competition. Previous racers have gone on to secure places in Welsh and British squads, and to join one of the ski academies in the Alps for the winter months.
Head of Skiing and twice winner of the British University Ski Race Championships