First came the Kings and Queens, then came the Knights and Royals. Now we have Audi Nines, and what a spectacle it was!
This week BUCS announced a new partnership with NUCO Travel
The tour operator will head up operations for the Dryslope Championships (BUDS), the Indoor Dome Series and the Alpine Championships (Main Event) for the next three years. NUCO will also provide travel and accommodation packages, aiming to enhance the competitor and spectator experience.
The Alpine Championships (Main Event) has been the biggest event in the student snowsports calendar for the best part of a decade, and its legacy holds a special place in people’s hearts. It started as BUSC, an event organised by a student committee, and in recent years the Alpine Championships became part of Wasteland’s ‘Above and Below’ festival. Whatever you know it as, the event has always combined racing and freestyle competitions with an awesome programme of après and club events.
Jenny Morris, BUCS Senior Sport Manager said: “NUCO bring a wealth of knowledge and professionalism that will elevate the overall offer that BUCS provides to students. We can’t wait to see how the partnership develops as we move forward together.”
Danny Nugent, NUCO Managing Director said: “We are already in discussions with numerous resorts regarding the best location for the Alpine Championships. Rest assured next Easter [The Alpine Championships] will be back where it belongs - in the mountains. Here's to a NU beginning!”
The BUCS Snowsports Programme has a loyal community, with alumni of the programme returning to support the competitions as volunteers and officials year on year. It is this alumni who are crucial to keeping the spirit of the university Snowsports Programme alive, and continuing to develop the programme for the next generation of competitors.
Gareth Vogan, a leading member of the Event Management Team (EMT) who deliver the competitions programme, as well as a Snowsport England and World Cup snowboard judge said: "The partnership with NUCO will allow us to really push the boundaries of the sport. I look forward to seeing how we can work together to improve the university snowsport experience for all students and as a result, I expect the standard of skiing and snowboarding at a university level to really skyrocket."
The BUCS affiliated competitions are the backbone of an outstanding programme of events which draws the creme de la crème of uni snowsports talent and support year after year. Hopefully this fresh partnership will breathe new life into events which encapsulate everything that is great about student snowsports.
Following Line-S’ recent partnership with NUCO, we are excited to see what is coming next. Stay tuned!