It was recently announced that the BUCS Alpine Championships will not be running this year, due to extenuating circumstances.
The annual event will be replaced temporarily by the BUCS Spring Dryslope Championships, which will take place at Stoke Ski Centre on Wednesday 18th April. BUCS, which stands for British Universities & Colleges Sport, is the governing body for university sport in the UK and organises over 140 championship events each year across 52 sports.
The substitute event will still give competitors the opportunity to compete for their university, and the ability to gain BUCS points. Although students may be disappointed that the competition will not take place in the mountains, a Dryslope Championship-style event in sunnier weather sounds good to us! Spring BUDS, anyone?
In their official statement surrounding the change, BUCS said: “It is unfortunate that we are not able to host the BUCS Alpine Championships this year.
“As we didn’t want students to miss the opportunity to compete in the latter half of the season, we hope that the new BUCS Spring Dryslope Championships will still give students the competition experience they’re after.
“We would like to apologise to students and member institutions who have been adversely affected by this change in programme delivery.”
BUCS’ snowsports partner for as long as we can remember is BUSC Events, the events organisation most people will associate with the Alpine Champs. More recently, Main Event changed its name to Above and Below, a festival run by the tour operator Wasteland.
BUSC Events said on Facebook: “As some may know, our partners at BUCS have recently announced a slimmed down version of the traditional Alpine Champs week held in France.”
Whereas BUCS and BUSC have previously collaborated on the Main Event, they are no longer working together this season. BUSC is still running Above and Below, however universities will not be able to gain BUCS points for competing in any of the snow events.
The date of the BUCS Spring Dryslope Championships, Wednesday 18 April, has been chosen to avoid any clashes with Easter trips which may have already been booked by students. Club captains, students and member institutions are invited to provide feedback on the current BUCS Snowsports Programme at the event in April, to help develop and shape future competitions. And for those who are lamenting the fun-filled days of Main Event, there is a silver lining:
BUCS said that “This is not a permanent change to the BUCS Snowsports Programme and only a temporary solution for 2018, as we have been unable to identify a partner to support in the delivery of the Alpine Championships.”
To enter, speak to your athletic union at your university on how you can represent your snowsports club. Entries open on 20 February and close on 23 March.
Fingers crossed we will have the Alpine Champs back on snow for 2019!
In the meantime, we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the best of The Alpine Championships, so keep your eyes peeled for some cheeky throwbacks coming out soon!
More information about the event and how to enter is available on the BUCS Snowsports website