How to get started
All you need to do is head along to your local slope (whether it’s artificial or indoor snow) and join the race club there. Many clubs are involved in regional events to help get you started. Once you feel happy enough to progress, then if you want to attend the national events, you will need to get registered with your home nation (SnowSport England/ Wales/Scotland etc) who will give you a racing licence number

The Snowsport England website is also very useful to direct you to your local slope/club if you are not sure where it is, as it has a slope finder section on the site.

Once you are registered with your home nation, you will be added onto the BARTS and BASS lists (which can be found on britski.org). This will allow you to compete in the “seeded” events such as the Club Nationals and GBR series. 

If you want to progress onto Alpine races, then there are a few different routes that you can take:

  • If you wish to compete in the English and/or British Alpine Championships (which are open to all ages), then you will need to obtain a limited FIS licence from BSS which can be obtained online at: teambss.org.uk. If you wish to get more serious and start to compete in FIS CIT races for example, then you will need a full FIS licence but you will need to get your seed points low enough to obtain one. Currently, the cut off is 200 BASS points for males and 190 for females.

  • If you wish to compete in the separate Masters or FIS Masters Cup races (which are only for people age 30+), then you will need a separate FIS Masters Licence which again can be obtained from the BSS website.


Different types of races

Club and Regional Races

Many local clubs and regional bodies (e.g. ERSA, LSERSA, Snowsport South) will hold their own club races and regional events for their members.  These vary in format but are generally fun, competitive entry-level events. They are a great way to get a “taster” of what racing is all about. They are held at local dry slopes and indoor snow domes and the courses are quite simply set. Anyone, no matter what their age or ability, is able to enter these events.

Club Nationals

These are generally considered as a “step up” from the regional races. These events are held at both outdoor and indoor slopes over the UK and are "seeded" events.   This means that competitors will be awarded seed points based on their . You do not need to be a registered to attend these events, although many registered racers do attend. The courses are slightly more technical than the regional races but they are still suitable for all levels of ability.

GBR Series

This is run on both indoor and outdoor slopes throughout the UK. The courses are more technical than you would find at a Club National and there may be a BARTS seed point cut-off to enter. There are six races in both the indoor and outdoor series. Points are also awarded to each individual based upon their placing in their age category, and at the end of the series, trophies are awarded to the 1st-3rd placed males and females in each category.

National Championships

These include the All England (dry slope), British Dry Slope Championships, Anglo-Welsh (indoor) and British Indoor Championships.

Racers competing in these events need to have a cut off of 250 BARTS points to enter. There may also be different criteria to enter the national alpine championships.

FIS Masters Cup.

This is where Masters Racing really comes into its own! Masters from all over the world compete in the series. You will see in the calendar that there are a number of events from September through to April all over the world, including the world criterium week.

Events on the Masters Cup series include slalom, GS and Super-G. You don’t need to have prior race experience to enter these events, and the great thing about these races is that you can compete whether you are a complete newbie to racing or ex-world cup! The only criteria is that you are over 30 and registered with your home nation and BSS.

The atmosphere at these events is amazing, and as you can imagine, a few beers are usually consumed after the racing!

Want more info?

We can appreciate that the “seeding” system, and different types of licence that you need for different events can seem a little confusing.  However, there are many active masters who have been on the circuit for years, who would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and point you in the right direction to get started.  Please get in touch if you would like more information.