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The British Schoolboys’ International Races

Alpine Racing Since 1999

The British Schoolboys’ International Races

Alpine Racing Since 1999

The British Schoolboys International Races are a Schools’ team event and run by the DHO. There is a category for individuals to enter, as long as they are in education in a school associated with the Headmasters Conference. The races were first run in 1999 and follow the way the Schoolgirls races were organised. They run under British Alpine Competition Rules and adheres to the British Alpine Seeding System (BASS). The race has developed into an entry level competition open to all British schools and clubs affiliated to national governing bodies.

There is no limitation on nationality. Each school can enter a maximum of two teams. Teams are composed of four competitors. The best three competitors from each team run to count in the race. Substitutions can be made in the event of injury or illness. All competitors must be under the supervision of an adult who will be responsible for them at all times. Minis (10-12 years old) can enter races but are not included in school teams and team events.

The races are a keenly fought team event, especially the never registered category, where the boys are often novice racers aspiring to become champions in their age group. There is a wide spectrum of ability, with the best frequently competing in the national championships and winning medals.

The race has been run in many different ski areas. Races are run on FIS homologated course, as required under BASS rules. Accommodation is planned so all competitors can stay under one roof as far as possible. The race began in Veysonnaz near Sion, spent two years in Wengen before moving to Les Menuires in the Haut Savoie region of France. Some years later it moved to Meiringen finally returning to Wengen where it has been run on the Lauberhorn for the past three years. The Lauberhorn course is ideal for giant slalom and always in top condition due to the event closely following the FIS World Cup event in late January. The race has become a permanent fixture on the British calendar and next year marks the 22nd anniversary of the race.

The British Schoolboys International Races are a Schools’ team event and run by the DHO. There is a category for individuals to enter, as long as they are in education in a school associated with the Headmasters Conference. The races were first run in 1999 and follow the way the Schoolgirls races were organised. They run under British Alpine Competition Rules and adheres to the British Alpine Seeding System (BASS). The race has developed into an entry level competition open to all British schools and clubs affiliated to national governing bodies.

There is no limitation on nationality. Each school can enter a maximum of two teams. Teams are composed of four competitors. The best three competitors from each team run to count in the race. Substitutions can be made in the event of injury or illness. All competitors must be under the supervision of an adult who will be responsible for them at all times. Minis (10-12 years old) can enter races but are not included in school teams and team events.

The races are a keenly fought team event, especially the never registered category, where the boys are often novice racers aspiring to become champions in their age group. There is a wide spectrum of ability, with the best frequently competing in the national championships and winning medals.

The race has been run in many different ski areas. Races are run on FIS homologated course, as required under BASS rules. Accommodation is planned so all competitors can stay under one roof as far as possible. The race began in Veysonnaz near Sion, spent two years in Wengen before moving to Les Menuires in the Haut Savoie region of France. Some years later it moved to Meiringen finally returning to Wengen where it has been run on the Lauberhorn for the past three years. The Lauberhorn course is ideal for giant slalom and always in top condition due to the event closely following the FIS World Cup event in late January. The race has become a permanent fixture on the British calendar and next year marks the 22nd anniversary of the race.

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