We wanted to know a little bit more about Salford University's snow squad, so we gave the stage to new president Josh Porter. Here's what the captain had to say about his new crew...
Describe Salford Snow in ten words
One big crazy family that brings Salford to the slopes!
What are the club’s biggest achievements?
We're extremely proud to be the biggest sports society at Salford University. We have over 80 members, a number which is increasing each year and we’re hoping to reach 100 members in September when Freshers arrive.
Over this past year, there have been more people competing and representing the club in competitions around the country than ever before. We had two people (Jonny and Seb) pick up medals at the Line-S rail jam in Tignes, with myself winning at the Planks Grassroots rail jam and our new Race Captain Annabelle winning the women’s race category at The Afterjam back in February.
Do you have any traditions?
Each year the first big social that we throw is our Après Night where we welcome all new (and returning) members and have a night of fun wearing neon! There are also other large annual socials that we host throughout the year, a notable favourite being Pub Golf, where plenty of hilarious memories are made.
At Christmas time, before everyone heads home for a few weeks, we host a formal Christmas meal where everyone gets suited & booted, shares a secret Santa gift and generally just has a good time. We also have a few more niche traditions that run throughout the club, such as Chilli Tequila and a more recent one: ‘microwaving'.
What was the highlight of the last season?
To be honest I’d love to put the overall highlight as the entire trip to Tignes that we did back in March because the entire week was absolutely perfect! But if I had to pin down one day of the holiday I would probably say the Wednesday; it was our onesie day in absolute white-out conditions with everyone bombing it down red runs, stopping occasionally to launch snowballs at each another. We eventually made it to the bottom and rode along to La Folie Douce for a big afternoon of après, before skiing down to the Line-S rail jam in the middle of town where some people competed. We finished the day off perfectly with the pool party down in Le Lac.
Another highlight for many people was definitely BUDS back in November where a little squad of us braved the conditions at Hillend and took on Edinburgh for a weekend!
Why should people join Salford Snow?
As cheesy as it sounds, it’s actually quite a closely-knit society where everyone knows each other and it feels like being a part of an extended family. It sounds weird, but by the time it comes around to the annual holiday, you end up spending a week on the slopes with 80+ friends that you know really well. Also through the society, and other societies that we are close to, you quickly find yourself knowing A LOT of people around the university...which is great for freshers!