The popularity and uptake of snowsports amongst students has been steadily gaining momentum over the past few years, with social calendars and ski trips boasting big events and event bigger live acts.
There’s no escaping evidence of your snowsports club plastered across campus… the branded beanies, the stickers and trip flyers. So, what’s it all about and why should you take interest?
Meet your new best mates
Joining any club at university is the key to finding like minded people, and the snowsports club is no different. From keen racers to laidback freestylers and après enthusiasts, you’ll easily find new snow buddies and often the people you meet will become friends for life. Your snowsports club opens a door to regular social nights and opportunities to improve your skiing and snowboarding, or learn for the first time. Head down to the first opening social of the season, you won’t regret it!
Learn a new skill
Often the biggest hesitation people have about joining is the perception that you need to be experienced and own your own equipment, but that isn’t the case. Each year clubs run beginner lessons to encourage students to give it a shot, often with great discounts at local dry slopes or snowdomes. You can hire kit and clubs are always willing to lend new learners some gear to practice in. Skiing and snowboarding are great forms of exercise which work different muscles to those you would usually use. So if you’re keen to work on your physique on the slopes (and dancefloors at socials) then definitely get involved.
Become a competitor
If you already have some experience on snow from the UK or abroad, joining the club gives you the chance to bring a dormant skill back out into the light. Finally, all those hours in ski school can be put to good use! Build on the experience you already have with race or freestyle lessons and who knows? You might discover a new talent! Becoming a member will pave the way for brand new experiences at competitions and events which are as much fun to attend as compete.
Join a new event scene
On top of regular socials and events on campus, there is a calendar of events in the UK which both competitors and supporters can get stuck in to. The indoor championships, known as BUISC, take place in snowdomes across the country and every November clubs across the country head up to Hillend for BUDS, the dryslope championships. Snowsports events will always have a fun, après vibe with drinks flowing and DJs keeping the supporters and competitors hyped.
Discover a new type of holiday
The highlight of the year for snowsports clubs is always the annual trip to the snow. Clubs manage to keep trips affordable with coach travel, accommodation and lift pass all included in base prices. Forget spring break, winter break is what you want to get involved in. Six days exploring the pistes and enjoying the après with your friends beats any beach holiday. You’ll need twice the stamina, but it’ll be worth it when you realise it’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on!
Each club has a committee who are on hand to answer any questions and tell you about all the benefits of becoming a member. So get involved, and we’ll see you at the top of the piste.