Carpet Burn Cup – Round 4 – Slalom

3 May
 Last Wednesday saw the slalom round of The Carpet Burn Cup Series get underway under bright blue skies, with the slalom on the Dendex and the Glenshee rails out on the alpine a great session was had by all.  Before we get to the results check out the beauty of a picture from Bill Donald (Grant’s dad), can you spot a mini you?

Garthdee playmobile style

With a great turn out for the slalom event, an onlooking crowd enjoying the evening sunshine and the ever entertaining Nicol Paton on the mic there was a great atmosphere down at the slope.  The course had been set allowing both skiers and snowboarders to pick a line as tight as they could to cross the line faster than the next guy (or girl).

The crowds gather for the carpet burn cup

The Slalom event always seems to get a smile and an added bit of competitive spirit out of everyone, normally all about the freestyle everyone gave it there all trying to get the fastest time.  This led to some interesting techniques but hey if it works…

The results were close and some mixing up the series points keeping things interesting.

First up the skiers;

In the under 10’s a big shout out to young Viabhav Chetty whose super speedy skiing bought him first place against the more experienced Keilan, Fin, Rory and Callum respectively.  Rory does get bonus points for his trademark popped 180 across the finish line which Fin couldn’t resist either, nice one boys.

Young Keilan gunning it

the under 10's showing their skills

was it Viabhav's skating finish that won him the gold?

In the 11-15 boys Catagory Andrew Haddfield’s laidback style gained him 1st place against Angus (2nd) and Grant (3rd), the nature of the series makes them equal in 1st place for the series at the moment doing into the next rounds Big Air.  In the girls 11-15 ski Abby gained her second gold of the series beating Erin (current series leader), Catherine Jackson and Emma Swanson.

Andy showing that gate who's boss

All's fair in love and war

The girls pround as punch

In the male over 16’s Lewis Wilson laid it down putting the coaches to shame beating Begg, Craig and Wilson amongst others, although Begg remains the strong leader of the series at the moment it is still all to play for.  In the female over 16’s it was a battle of the instructors Beth, Katie and Eloise with a surprise result of a joint first place for Beth and Katie crossing the line with exactly the same time, must rememebr that cat suit next time..

The current standings for skiing can be seen here:

And on to the snowboarding;

With snowboarding a slalom course being a relatively rare event to see it always adds and element of surprise to see what tactics are used to get down the fastest without losing an edge or rapping oneself around a pole.  With Chris and Nicol putting some extra training and focus on the dendex and turnng and edging of late it showed with some mighty fine riding from the wednesday rippers.

In the Under 10’s we have seem some keen dedication to the series with each rider having entered every round so far.  This week was no different and Andy Budge was stoked to take home his third gold of the series with Fraser Jack and Duncan Trilk taking silver and bronze. 

Fraser crosses the line for silver


Andy choosing his winning line










 The male 11-15 sees the closest category yet with the top three in tied 1st position for the series with noone having won more than one round a peice its going to be a battle till the finish.  Jordan took home is first gold of the series beating those top three riders, Nathan, Ally and Emmet.  There was some amazing riding going on and great choice of line, impressive stuff, well done guys.  

Jordan cruising across the finish line

Ally carving into silver


In the over 16’s Barry Parker showed that he can go away and ride Japanese pow all season and still tear up the dendex faster than the others. He must have been scoping the best line whilst manning the stopwatch for the juniors.   Unfortunately in the Ladies noone stepped up to give Lara any competition so she cruised her way to another gold, come on ladies lets get a battle on for the final. 

Here’s the current standings for the Snowboarders:

On your marks

Mal the medal man


the illusive times

 All in all the carpet burn cup slalom was…


The next event is the Big Air and will be held on Wednesday 18th May so make sure you save the date.

Thanks again to our sponsor Cotswold Outdoor, you can find them in Union Square and if you flash your membership card they’ll give you 10% off.



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