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Team Aberdeen Invades Glasgow

24 Nov

Team Aberdeen invades Glasgow

It was a double header this weekend with Aberdeen Snowsports Club Race and Freestyle Teams both heading south to take on the competition on their home turf.  First up the racers headed to Snozone for the Scottish Indoor Champs.   The Aberdeen Team braved the early start and were ready and eager at the 8.30am bib collection.  150 racers were scheduled to take part.  Mark acted as coach for Aberdeen and organised the course inspection sorting out start times so no one missed their slot.  It got pretty hectic operating on only half of Braeheads’ slope.

5 of the clubs racers all took part; Alistair Hall, Alexander Geekie, Tommy Cockburn,  Andrew MacDonald and Adam Hall.    The race was a slalom with 2 courses.  The Bairns and the girls had a slightly easier first course but due to a burst pipe everyone skied the same course for the second race.  To be eligible for a second run you must complete the first run without missing any gates and fortunately Aberdeen all managed this.

In the Bairns race Alistair came 6th in Bairns 1 (19th overall), Tommy 9th in Bairns 2 (13th overall), Alexander 15th in Bairns 2 (23rd overall).  In the males race Adam came 20th in Children 1 (56th overall) and Andrew 21st in Children 1 (58th overall).   Also well done to Alyesha Rattray, who trains down at Aberdeen and with GPS, was 10th overall and 4th in the Junior 1 category.  Liam Pogson another GPS skier and occasional visitor to race training managed 18th in children 2 and 36th overall in the males race.

It was good experience for our guys and interesting to see other racers their age.  Andrew and Adam both had spectacular recoveries in their final runs as they negotiated the well rutted course but no other near misses fortunately.   For the first race of the season for Team Aberdeen it went well.  Bring on the snow.

Team Aberdeen - Race

Next day it was the turn of the Freestylers who headed to Bella for the latest in the Lowlander series.  With Aberdeen entering a staggering 15 riders, the guys weren’t intimidated by the local riders and went straight into a confident display of their skills in this the rail leg of the series.  For Andrew Budge, Duncan Trilk, Fraser Jack, Fraser Morrison, Jay Waters and Ali Mathieson this was their first comp away from home ground but were soon showing the local Glasgow riders what they had to offer.  The guys weren’t shy on showing their skills and it took Aberdeen rider Rowan Cameron to raise the bar in the youth section and go for the massive elevator lift before some of the older Glasgow riders gave it a go.  Nathan Sim and Andy Foote also put on the style with a series of great tricks.

The kids ski category was hotly contested with Fin Jacobs grabbing the gold for Aberdeen, with Rory Cameron picking up 4th and in his first comp Jay Waters was throwing down some confident tricks.  Grant Donald took 2nd in the Open Ski category while over at the Kids boarding Fin Bremner showed why he has been selected for the GB Freestyle Team picking up 1st.

A final big shout out to Fraser Jack who took the prize for most stylish trick with a lovely switch tail press.

Fraser Jack steezing it up

The guys were totally stoked by their presence at Bella and are raring to go at the Scottish Dryslope Championships at Bearsden on 3 December 2011.

To check out the race results see and the Overall Lowlander Results – Freestyle ski and Freestyle Board.


Carpet Burn Cup – Round Five – Big Air!! Results and Review

6 Jun

Round five of the Carpet Burn Cup, Big Air took place on Wednesday 18th May and again we had clear skies,  great Aberdeen sunshine and an even better turn out. Loads of people showed up ready to show off their well practiced (and some not so well practiced) tricks. The evening was lining up to be a belter ….. Let the games begin.

Competitors lining up for their shot at the Big Air title

With our resident MC, Nicol Paton unable to fulfill his duty it was time for new kid on the block Kris Bell to step up and try his skills on the mic before he took to the slopes to throw down for the Big Air snowboarders title later on. There was a good crowd of people and Kris did a great job of keeping the atmosphere lively.  

Right competitors...... impress us

"OK Guys............How do I turn this thing on?"











The crowd were not disappointed and were treated to some aerial acrobatics with all skiers and boarders pulling out the stops and going BIG and technical to impress the judges.

Before we get to the results of the competition I would just like to make special mention of Abby Miller and Andrew Budge  who were awarded a free open session each as their prize for being recognised as the most improved skier and snowboarder on the night.

 Well done guys – Keep up the good work!!

Abby Miller - Most improved girl of the night

Andrew Budge - most improved boy of the night











 First up the Snowboarders;

In the under 10’s it was all pretty close with Andrew Budge taking 1st, Fraser Jack taking second and Duncan Trilk grabbing 3rd spot. All three guys threw down big straight airs and it was only the style that seperated them on points.

Andrew Budge, with his eyes on the prize

Andrew, Fraser and Duncan









In the 11 – 15’s Nathan Sim stepped it up Big and pulled a 720 outta the bag to beat Emmet Strachan and Ally Rodgers to 1st place, with Emmet taking 2nd place and Ally pinching 3rd spot.

Nathan on his way to a Gold Snowflex medal

Emmet Strachan's 360 for 2nd place

Ally Rodgers

In the ladies over 16’s it was all a closely fought battle between Sophie Addison, Laura Montecristi and Lara Wood. With all the girls pulling off a mixture of straight airs and straight air grabs on the first run and scoring almost identically it was all to play for in the second round. It was Laura Montecristi that showed off a solid Front Side 180 with grab to take first place with Sophie Addison taking second place and Lara Wood completing the line-up in 3rd place.

In the guys over 16’s – 9 guys battled it out for the top prize which resulted in some big tricks and some big scores. It was only 0.1 mark that seperated Matt Gibson and Kris Bell after their first run and the others were not far behind. All to play for in the second round. Unfortunately for Kris Bell and the others, Matt Gibson came up with a Huge Switch 720 scoring an equally huge 8.1 from the judges and taking the top spot with ease. Kris Bell secured 2nd place with his first run underflip 720. Mark Watson took 3rd spot with a heelside rodeo, Andy Duthie took 4th spot with a switch 540 and Neil Cruickshank finished in 5th place with a good solid backside 540 with a grab.

Matt Gibson took 1st place over Kris Bell and Mark Watson

Kris Bell relaxing his way to 2nd place







Mark Watson - Enjoying the view and taking 3rd place


  And now onto the Skiing!!!

In the under 10’s it was Finlay Jacobs that took first place for the third time this Carpet Burn Series holding off the competition with a sweet 360 grab off the kicker. Rory Cameron held off Keilan Bremner with a solid 180 off the table, while Keilan’s straight air off the kicker saw him take 3rd place.

Fin, Rory and Keilan on the podium

In the female 11 – 15’s it was 4 girls who shared the top 3 spots, showing just how closely they were all matched. Abby Miller came out on top though with a big Spread Eagle, just beating Erin Sharp who also took on the spread eagle trick. But there was no seperating Alice Brown and Catherine Jackson that took equal 3rd place as the judges could not seperate the quality of their straight airs.

Erin Sharp over the table top

Alice's big Spread Eagle of the Table Top for joint 3rd

In the male 11 – 15’s Angus Jacobs took 3rd place with a 360 grab off the kicker, Cameron Wood took 2nd place with a gutsy front flip off the kicker and Grant Donald securing 1st place with a Rodeo 720. It is now only 2 points that seperate Grant and Angus at the top of the leaderboard and so it is still definitely all to play for. No pressure guys.

The boys done good

Angus's 360 grabbing him 3rd spot

Grant flying towards 1st place

In the female over 16’s it was just Katie Boyd and Eloise Croy taking part and so it was a battle to see who would snag that 1st spot and who would have to settle for 2nd. Both of the girls decided to go with straight airs for their first jumps and scored fairly evenly with Katie just ahead. On the second run Katie went with a 360 to try and push for that 1st spot and Eloise rocked up with a second straight air. After the dust of battle had cleared it was Katie who had pipped Eloise to 1st place with her first straight air. Katie looks pretty safe at the top of the leaderboard, but you never know. Has anyone seen Beth Woodall? She used to compete didnt she?

In the male over 16’s the competition is definitely hotting up with a good few guys still in contention for the overall Carpet Burn Cup title. It was Adam Hunter who led the pack after the first run with a solid 540. Adam kept 1st place with his first run 540 but it was Finlay Langan who stormed up the placings into 2nd with a well executed backflip on his second run. Lewis Wilson took 3rd place with his 360 nose grab from the first run, Alex Isidoris took 4th with his Big 360 with mute grab on his first run. Andy Begg took 5th place with 540’s in his 1st and 2nd runs.

Two more rounds to go everyone and lost of points up for grabs and so make sure you are here for the skier/boarder X on Wednesday 8th June, AIR BAG practice session on Friday 24th June and then the AIR BAG Finale on Wednesday 29th June.

We wanna see all of you here, so make sure you get those dates in your diaries.

Also – REMEMBER – Every competitor that has 45 points or more will get into the AIRG BAG Final free of charge.

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.

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.


A new welcome to the newcomers

20 Feb

This weekend is the start of the new block of lessons here at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and with that means the end of the old block and some new red level graduates ready to join in to our Club programme.

The club programme follows a 6 weekly cycle to allow for the influx of newcomers and we’re here to say a big “welcome”.  As part of your training at club level we always want to know what your goals are for that session, this season, this year or next year!! We want to hear about what you like and what you would like.  Duncan Trilk, one of our regulars has drawn up a rad picture of the things he likes and the things he would like.

Check it out, click to make bigger…

We’d like to build a collection of these so get busy and hand them into reception, your coaches or to Beth.  We’ll display all pictures in the large cabin at the bottom of the tubing slope.


Carpet Burn Cup QP Round 1

20 Feb

Last Wednesday saw the first round of the Annual Carpet Burn Cup Series, a series of events that cover all aspects of skiing and snowboarding from freestyle to race.  This year has the new addition of a Airbag round which will double up as the all important final round.  With entry to each round competitors gain points depending on the position they place, as the series continues these points rak up on the leaderboard.

Round 1 was the quarterpipe round.  It was good to see some new faces trying out their skills on the QP, everyone is encouraged to enter and there are age catagories for all.

You can see the results here on the leaderboard.

Here are some photos from the night taken by Fraz Rennie but more can be found on our facebook page.



Retro Slalom at Cairngorm

1 Feb

Let's get retro

A fun event event open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

It’s time to rummage through your closet or in the loft and find that old ski suit your mum, dad or grand parents used to wear and track down where that old set of skis went or snowboard.  The older and more rad the gear the more time will be deducted from your runs.

Register on the day at the top of the course from 12.00. (look for the guys dressed in one piece suits!) Get 2 timed runs which will be tabulated and results will be available at 4pm in the Tbar cafe.

Prizes for the best time in each Catergory!

See you there and bring a mate who has camera.


Quiksilver and Roxy Radar Talent Search

7 Dec

Quiksilver and Roxy are launching registration for the second season of the ‘Quiksilver & Roxy Radar’ contest – a European wide search to find the next Candide Thovex, Mathieu Crepel or Torah Bright.

The contest, in association with TSA and Whitelines is open to all young shredders between the ages of 8 and 14 and includes male and female categories for both ski and snowboard. The winners will be rewarded with a renewable one-year contract on Quiksilver or Roxy – in other words, instant sponsorship! All finalists will also win VIP access to the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes AND an invite to an exclusive summer training camp next season.

All in all this is a pretty banging prize for any kids serious about pushing their riding and developing a snowboard career. Want to find out how to enter? Read on…

Groms who are up for this challenge will have to get through 3 stages:

1) January 2011- Web Pre-Selection
Riders will have the opportunity to upload files, photos and videos of their best tricks, along with a short blog to Based on these uploads around 50 groms will be selected to go through the next stage. Registration will be open from 1st December 2010.

2) February 2011- ‘Happy Riding Days’
Six European locations, including the UK, are running ‘Happy Riding Days’ to which the 50 pre-selected candidates will be invited. During the day, the groms must impress the judging panel – which includes some of Quiksilver’s top team riders – with sick tricks, personality and style. Each rider will feature in their own video which will be submitted to an online gallery where the public and the Quiksilver pro’s will make their votes.

The results of the votes will narrow the selection down to 18 finalists (12 boys, 8 girls) from all over Europe, who will then come together to compete in the final of the ‘Quiksilver and Roxy Radar’.

3) Quiksilver and Roxy Radar Finals to be held at the Winter X Games Europe
The final of the Quiksilver and Roxy Radar will run alongside the Winter X Games Europe (16-18 March 2011) in Tignes. The 18 finalists will compete in an ultimate jam session under the watchful eyes of, amongst others, Mathieu Crepel (double world snowboard champion) Torah Bright (Olympic snowboard champion) and Candide Thovex (freeride ski world champion). Four podium winners will receive their trophy straight from the hands of their idols, plus a one year sponsorship contract to join the Quiksilver / Roxy team.

All 18 finalists will be invited as Quiksilver and Roxy’s VIP guests to watch the world’s greatest snowboarders compete at the infamous Winter X Games.