What’s new when you have the biggest single-university snowsports trip in the world?
This spring, the University of Bristol Snowsports Club (UBSC) took 2,000 students to the highest resort in the French Alps, Val Thorens. From the oh-so-Bristol headliners to the elaborate production, the week was a spectacle to behold. But what’s new? Ex-President, Lauren Beattie, tells us what was introduced this year and what could be coming up for University snowsports trips across the country.
UBSC was nominated by our Student Union for ‘Charitable Scheme of the Year’ and maybe this is why! We all know how après works, but have you ever thought it could raise money for charity? In collaboration with Folie Douce, we arranged for a percentage of the money made at one après’ to be donated to Protect Our Winters (POW), our partners for the 2018/2019 season. POW work to safeguard our snowy playgrounds and advocate the importance of climate change on a wider scale. Although we still need to confirm the total amount raised, it will not affect my decision to make this one of my highlights of the trip. It was a new initiative for UBSC and one that I hope inspires other snowsports committees to be philanthropic in the Alps.
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Who run the world? Girls
A trip that claims to be a ‘festival on snow’ must have good headliners, right? We use our well-established events brand, ‘Bristol Snow Presents’, as a platform for securing the strongest line up possible. With the likes of S.P.Y, Deekline, and Ed Solo joining us this year, it seems to be working beautifully! All of the acts were impressive but Hybrid Minds has to be my highlight. Hybrid Minds were so captivated by the energy and enthusiasm of the student crowd that they were thrilled to do both an arena night and an après set for us. More importantly, we focused on promoting female headliners such as Flava D and Bristol’s own, Manami, who joined us towards the end of the week. This was inspired by our festival partners, Strawberries and Creem, and proved incredibly successful. UBSC strives to aid the music industry in its push for gender diversity, and I believe university snowsports clubs can play a part in this movement.
Day Of The Dead
Instead of hosting a formal ‘Mountain Meal’ up on the slope, we decided to mix things up this year with a ‘Day of the Dead Mexican Masquerade’ at Favela. The food was the star of the show and Favela rolled out divine tacos, tortilla chips, sweet potato fries and a variety of dips to satisfy any taste buds. I highly recommended thinking outside the box and questioning whether cheese and wine is always the way to go (controversial, I know).
Famous First Words
Despite being new to the programme, this bespoke ‘karaoke but not karaoke’ event was stand-out for the small number of trippers that attended it. It is a difficult event to describe and subsequently a tricky event to promote but I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you like ‘Bongos Bingo’, you will probably like this. It was utterly hilarious, if awkward at first, and I strongly encourage prospective committees to investigate their services – It could be a game-changer for small-scale university ski trips.
Special thanks to Eleanor Bell (UBSC’s outgoing Trips Rep) and to Scott Dunster (UBSC’s past and current Media Rep) for all their hard work. Find out more about Bristol University Snowsports Club here.