Zenit Ski Racing is devoted to ski racers of all ages and nationalities offering the highest quality in ski race training.
Our training methods and expertise in technical and physical conditioning for alpine skiing are the result of many years of experience working with athletes at all levels, from the most basic to high performance.
Ski Zenit’s coaching staff is formed by a group of experienced professionals that are always seeking the best training possible. In our team we utilise experienced race coaches and very highly qualified ski instructors. This allows us to provide our more advanced athletes with very specialized tactical and technical training and our less experienced ones with deep reinforcement of their technical foundations and tactical basic knowledge.
Places in each week of the camps are limited, so early booking is highly recommended to ensure you can reserve the places you require.
All bookings must be done through our website (www.skiracingcamps.ch) or by email to: [email protected]
When booking ski training with us it is very important that we are provided with enough information about each athlete via our online booking form which includes the following:
Personal information (Name, contact details and date of birth).
Allergies or food intolerances.
Illness or physical limitations.
Brand, model and length of skis and boots to bring to the training.
Our booking personnel will provide you with all information needed in order to attend the camp and send you an invoice for the total cost.
First 50% of the invoice must be paid within 10 days in order to confirm the booking and secure the place. The remainder of the invoice must be paid before arrival.
Feel free to enquire about accommodation in a variety of hotels and apartments or about airport shuttles if you require these.
ZINAL. THE TOWN
Zinal is a small village with a very Alpine atmosphere. It is surrounded by stunning peaks which reach up to 4200 m. In the town you can find all services and a variety of accommodations in hotels, apartments and chalets.
ZINAL. THE SKI AREA
Zinal is a medium-sized ski area with a great variety of terrain and reserved training runs. Due to its height and exposition it opens in mid-november with the first snowfalls and the artificial snow produced by its powerful snow-making system, enabling great quality trainings since before the winter season and until the very end of it. We consider Zinal a true training paradise in which we can benefit from great freeskiing terrain and a variety of training runs for course setting.
Our Autumn and Winter private ski trainings in Zinal are completely personalized to each athletes needs and intended to make them improve through a thoughtful and intense training method. Sessions will be adapted to each one’s goals and skills and designed to challenge and improve.
HYDRATION, NOURISHMENT AND SUN PROTECTION
Proper water intake is an important factor for all athletes. Athletes taking part in our camps must take even greater care because of the altitude and the low relative humidity.
For training on the slopes and post-ski workouts, athletes must carry at least one litre of liquid in their training backpack which must be consumed during the course of the training session.
Sun protection using high factor sun cream is also indispensable. You must also carry quick-energy, salty snacks with you to training (energy bars, nuts, fruit, and sandwiches). There is always a break during training to eat snacks.
A well-balanced and abundant breakfast before training is also of vital importance and we will insist that all our athletes heed this recommendation.
While athletes are training with us, their diet should be varied, healthy and sufficient and must include fruits and vegetables.
SKI TRAINING EQUIPMENT
Race-quality ski boots with appropriate size and flex index.
GS skis in appropriate length and with good edges and bases.
SL skis in appropriate length and with good edges and base (starting from age 11).
GS ski poles.
SL ski poles with slalom handguards (starting from age 11).
Slalom shin guards protection (starting from age 11).
Good quality helmet approved for ski racing.
Slalom chin guard (starting from age 11).
Low light/ fog goggles.
Training backpack with enough space for ski boots, jacket, goggles, helmet, water, snack...
Water bottle to take up to the slopes.
High-factor sun cream.
Ski Zenit can provide athletes with Fischer racing skis and boots at a special price. Equipment must be ordered and paid for at least 3 weeks in advance. We can assist you in choosing the most appropriate length, size and model. Athletes who have made purchases will pick up their new equipment at the local Valsport Grimentz shop upon arrival.. They also offer professional boot fitting and ski tuning.
Racing suit (not mandatory).
Training shorts when using race suit.
Training windbreaker jacket.
Thermal layer for under ski jacket in case it is cold.
Ski long pants.
Ski warm jacket.
Thermal base layers for body and legs.
Tee-shirts for condition training.
Sport pants and sweater.
Sport shoes for running.
All athletes participating in the training must have current ski accident insurance valid in Switzerland covering at least civil liability, rescue on the slopes including helicopter, medical treatment and repatriation. We recommend insurance which also reimburses you for services unused due to injury (ski pass, training, lodging, etc.). Participants’ insurance card copies should be given to Ski Zenit leaders upon arrival or a copy can be sent ahead of time.
Switzerland has agreements with EU Member States for medical assistance at public hospitals. In order to take advantage of such agreements, you must have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You need to apply for this card well in advance at your local medical centre in the EU.
Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Area meaning that travellers from EU countries which are party to that treaty may enter the country with their identity card. However, minors must always travel with a valid passport. Travellers from other countries must check the conditions for entry into Switzerland before embarking on their trip.
LODGING IN ZINAL
We can help you find your accomodation in Zinal during the training. Please enquire us. Zinal offers a variety of hotels, chalets and apartments.
TRANSFERS FROM/TO THE AIRPORT
Ski Zenit offers its athletes and their chaperones a transfer service in comfortable mini-buses from/to the Geneva, Zürich, Basel or Milan airports. Transfer by motorway takes about three hours. These transfers are organized through a local company with professional drivers.
ARRIVAL TO ZINAL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Convenient train service is available from the Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports to the town of Sierre taking about 2 hours and 30 minutes. From the Sierre train station you must take a bus to Vissoie (one bus per hour) which takes about 35 minutes. From Vissoie take the bus going to Zinal for another 20 minutes. You can purchase all legs of the trip on a single ticket. Taxis from Sierre are also available.