Never raced before? Don’t worry University snowsports is focused around enjoyment as much as competition, we get everyone involved as much as possible including the spectators. The vast majority of our racers have never competed before university, so don't hesitate and come along and give it a try! Please approach any committee members, racers or core members for more information about our racing and competition opportunities, we're all happy to help out and answer any questions throughout the year!
Many of our events are team events (dual slaloms) so there’s a lot less pressure. Our most relaxed competition is the Kings league which is a bit like après and racing put together. For the more serious competitors we participate in BUCS events on dryslope (BUDS), indoor snow (BUiSC) and in the mountains (Main event). Our competitions often include a weekend of partying and skiing with other universities from all over the country;
Kings Ski Club Western League
Ever seen a penguin racing a Christmas tree around some plastic poles? Well you obviously haven’t experienced KINGS! These competitions (many of which require fancy dress) are open to people of any ability and while some take them pretty seriously, as long as you enjoy skiing/boarding and get stuck in, these events are the most fun you'll have all year. Bath Snowsports is hoping to fuel another four Mixed Ski teams, a Board team and two Girls team at each and every Kings round this year, with the hope of making it to the FINALS!
KINGS is a team event with 5 rounds throughout the year. A team contains 5 people who race their way around the plastic poles. Two teams race head to head, when the first racer reaches the bottom a flag is waved and the next sets off. First team through the finish wins!
The Bristih Universities Dryslope Championships (BUDS) is the first BUCS event of the year, it is held over a long weekdend in November (8nd- 10th Nov 2019). This event gives our more serious and capable competitors the opportunity to compete for BUCS points in a range of snowsports events including; Slalom, GS, Dual Slalom, Boarder-cross/skier-cross, Slope style, Big Air, Rail Jam, etc. This event however, is not exclusive to competitors our as there are plenty of extra activities and events going on to encompass our spectators and recreational skiers within the trip.
If you are interested in competing in BUDS please let your race captain (Elle) know as soon as possible, as entries for this race have to be done right at the beginning of term.
BUiSC/ Dome Series
If you love to compete but hate dryslope this is the event for you. The British universities indoor snowsports championships includes slopestyle, dual slaloms and individual ski and board racing. The event includes a qualifying stage for each region followed by finals a few weeks later. This event usually happens in second semester but details for 2020 have yet to be released so keep an eye out on our facebook page for updates.
BUCS - Main Event
Main event is your chance to get back on real snow! This event has all everything, boardercross, big air, slopestyle, slalom, giant slalom, duals and more. This year this will be held during the Easter break from the 3rd-11th April 2020 in Pas de la Casa, Andorra! Watch this space or ask any of the committee for more details.