What a season it’s been! We've been busy bees at Line-S HQ over the past few months, getting to know all of the UK clubs and spreading snowsports love far and wide. Here are our highlights...
The student snowsports calendar kicked off in traditional style with the Dryslope Championships (BUDs) in October. Thousands of students descended on Hillend in Edinburgh to compete and support their riders, armed with gazebos and sound systems to create that familiar festival feel we all love. By some miracle, the rain stayed off and everyone was treated to two glorious sunny days on the hill. Dancing feet on the slope edges still turned it to mud and a few gazebos went off piste in the wind, but racing and freestyle events ran on schedule and the night-time events were huge. The hangover from the Strathclyde afterparty is a distant memory and planning is already taking place for next year.
December marked the start of Christmas trips and Line-S took its first team trip to the Alps to catch up with student groups in Tignes, Val d'Isère and Val Thorens. Working with tour operator NUCO, we launched the first edition of the Line-S Games which saw racing competitions in Val Thorens and a rail jam in Tignes. Armed with t-shirts, medals and a pile of jazzy stickers, we awarded participants and winners with goodies for getting involved. While we were in the resorts we also took the opportunity to catch up with students at après and events, carrying out interviews and quizzing committees on what makes them tick.
Over in the UK, the beast from the East was on the prowl and students didn’t waste time making the most of the blizzards. We saw city centres, campuses and gardens turned into your own personal snowparks with tow videos and snowy pictures coming in thick and fast.
As we headed towards Spring, Line-S prepared for a second round of competitions in the snow and hosted a big fat rail jam in Tignes for a thousand students. The competition got heated as riders brought their best moves to the table and chose between two lines of features and a kicker. Over in Les Arcs, even the faint hearted were encouraged to hit the jumps at a free-for-all airbag session. The highlight had to be the legend who sent it off the kicker in an inflatable unicorn suit!
During the spring trip, and amid the heaviest snowfall for years, we hosted our first avalanche talk with New Generation. It gave students the chance to learn about identifying the real dangers of being in resort. We are looking forward to hosting more information sessions like this next season, so if you think it would be of interest to your uni, please get in touch.
Easter is usually the time where competitors strap on their boots again and head out to the mountains to gain BUCS points at the Alpine Championships. This year however, the event took place at home in the middle of a heatwave in the UK. With no BUCS points available at Above and Below, riders swapped snow for dendix and went head to head at Stoke on Trent Ski centre, gaining points and catching a tan at the same time!
This season we officially teamed up with our friends over at NUCO, putting plans in place to host a second round of Line-S Games with their student groups in Easter. NUCO’s position as a leading tour operator for student snowsports makes them the perfect partner for us to promote the industry alongside. Their recent partnership with BUCS will see NUCO leading operations for the full programme of student snowsports activities next year, so things are going to get a shakeup! For any students who aren’t familiar with Line-S, you might spy us in the NUCO brochure given to universities across the country during the sales tour.
Although the record breaking snowfall won’t quite see us through to next season, the stage is set for an incredible winter 18/19. With newly elected committees now finding their feet, we are keen to get involved with clubs and societies ahead of the season, to promote student snowsports and encourage more people to get involved. If you would like to know more about Line-S and we can help you promote your club, get in touch via the contact section of our website or send us a message via any of our social channels.