name is Aaron Tipping and I started skiing with my parents at the tender
age of two and a half. I carried on just skiing on the annual ski trip
until the age of eight when I decided to start racing. My first races were
fun races at our local artificial ski slope, I did quite well and asked
if I could do more.
The year 2000 was my first full season racing on artificial ski slopes and my fist year competing at national level in the Boys age group (under 11). I did quite well during 2000 (see results page) and asked my mum and dad if I could do some racing on snow in the winter.
January 2001 saw me living and training at the British Ski Academy in Les Houches, France. With a daily routine of fitness work, skiing in the morning and then school work in the afternoon I was a very busy 10 year old. I managed to get about 9 weeks of training at the Academy during which I competed in my first snow race.I was really pleased to get a silver medal in my first snow race at the Inter Schools Ski Challenge, Pitztal, Austria.
At the end of the snow season I travelled with the British Ski Academy to Kaunertal, Austria to compete in the English Alpine Championships.To win the Championships at my first attempt was a great experience and a memory that will always be with me.
Unfortunately on the last day of skiing in Kaunertal, I damaged a knee ligament. The start of the 2001 summer season of artificial ski slope races was spent in rehabilitation and much of the summer has been focused on preparing for the snow season.
Apart from skiing I enjoy many other sports, the other sports I enjoy most are golf, football, badminton, swimming, tennis, and cricket. Although the other sports I take part in are good for my fitness, I also have a regular fitness program. My dad (who has a sports science degree) helps me with this and often trains with me. Its always more fun to do the fitness work with someone else.
Following some great pre Christmas training in Les Houches I went with the British Ski Academy to Lenk for the BARSC races in he first week of January 2002. In the first race Super-G, I skied into 2nd place from a start number of 77. I then crashed out in the GS. After being second fastest in the first run of the Slalom, I crashed out of the second run. My performance was good enough to secure a place in the British Childrens Ski Team. I was selected to race in Solvenia and Italy during the 2002 season.
Skiing for the Children's Team was a great experience during the winter of 2001/2. The experience gained at these races certainly helped me keep my composure in the last race of the season where I became British Slalom Champion in my age group.
Season 2003/4 and I have managed to retain my position in the British Children's Ski Team. This winter I will be travelling to the Czech Republic and to Italy with the team. Take a look at my results page to catch up with my latest races or check out the British Children's web site (just use the link above).
Season 2004/5 - Selected to the British Children's Ski Team for a third season. I will be spending most of the winter training at the British Ski Academy and racing for Great Britain in Croatia and Italy.
Season 2005/6 - Selected for the British Youth Ski Team and England Alpine Ski Team. What a great first FIS season. With points of 66.86 in Giant Slalom and 69.57 in Slalom - Aaron finishes the season as the best male British skier of this age for 25 years.
Season 2006/7 - Aaron was selected for the British Youth Ski Team and England Alpine Ski Team again. Unfortunately he broke his leg in November and was unable to race this season. However he still finished the season ranked No 1 in the UK for Slalom and and No 2 in Giant Slalom for his age group. Best news of the season for Aaron was to hear on 4 May 2007 that he had been selected to the British Junior Alpine - Ski Team.
Season 2007/8 – A very frustrating year – After thinking I was to be back on skis in November I suffered a setback and another operation. With more rest required and protracted rehab I did not get back on skis until the end of January. After just three weeks on snow I was back at the Olympic Medical Institute for more treatment. It was Easter and the end of the season before I was back on snow and only got two weeks training.
Good news May 2008 – I was reselected to the British Alpine Ski Team.
May 2009 - Really pleased I have retained my position in the British Team.