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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 http://www.britski.org/11scotindoorres.pdf and the Overall Lowlander Results – Freestyle ski and Freestyle Board.

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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.

 

Forthcoming Freestyle and Race Competions

20 Oct

The competition season has kicked off to a healthy start so far and this Saturday will see the first of the Scottish Freestyle series here at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, this year your results in the series will give you a national BST (British Snow Tour) ranking, for more information on this click here.  You can save time on the day by  registering online so follow this link.

Emmet showing off to the judges at last years Lowlander

Next up for the diary there is a double whammy down in Glasgow on 20th November.  For the racers Bellahouston will be holding the Nevisport sponsored Swix Challenge Medal Competition and for the Freestylers Bellahouston will have round 2 of the Scottish Freestyle series.

You should register for these in advance, for the Swiz challenge click the above link,  pick up a registration form from Dave on Thursday Night or at reception, for the Freestyle Series follow the link above for online registration.

Any questions just ask your coaches or email thegoatpost@gmail.com

Laters

Club Sessions

18 Oct

Hey all, now that the leaves are falling and there is a chill in the air I am sure, like us, you are starting to get itchy feet for that first snow fall.  The local shops are filling up with new toys and the first of the test days have already been down at the slope.  Weekends have been busy with freestyle comps and open days and we are all getting set for another epic winter. 

Our club scene has grown at the slope with more people than ever joining in to our coached sessions and reaping the benefit of getting in those boots pre season.  The Goatpost is here to keep all of our members informed on what’s going on at the centre  and events elsewhere that you may be interested in.  We aim to have something here for everyone, from your kids in the weekend  clubs to adults on Thursday nights and everyone inbetween including our very talented rippers and racers who are starting to travel the country and standing on podiums.   

If you want to keep informed make sure you sign up for email subscription and you’ll be sure not to miss a post.  If you have any photos that you’ve taken or anything you’d like to add then feel free to email thegoatpost@gmail.com and we’ll post it up.  Thanks and check back for more info on your club – go direct to Categories if you want to check on the latest updates for your specific club.

Westbeach Comp and Club AGM

8 Aug

Saturday 18th September is going to be a big day down at the slope with a double event whammy. Westbeach will be hosting the 2nd round of the Snowflex Series for the first time north of Glasgow with us here at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre. We are honoured to be the centre of choice and as always, plan to make a good one. This is one of the big dryslope comps and they have a prize pool of goodies worth £25 000!! Wow, remember you’ve got to be in it to win it so make sure you register at http://snowflexseries.westbeach.com/registration/

There will be a bbq on the go, some banging tunes and hopefully a bit of an after party. From 4pm over on the dendex slope and log cabin we’ll be running some fun ski competitions for kids and adults and holding our annual AGM for Aberdeen Snowsports Club. This is open to all members and all members are encouraged to participate, especially if you interested in become more hands on in the club. We hope to invite other clubs along to have a bit of friendly competition and an interclub race.

All in all its going to be a great day, put the date in your diaries and cross your fingers for some dry weather.
Cheers all, spread the word.

Summer Happenings at Garthdee

29 Jun

Summer is here finally and we’ve got some long summer evenings to while away. I reckon there are only so many burgers you can eat so I’m here to tell you all what’s going on down the slope so you can make the most of those long summer evenings.

First up, for all of you who slide at least once a week anyway is the Members pass – valid for use from this Friday 2nd July until Tuesday 17th August it includes free entry to our clubs and open sessions – a bargain at £60 for juniors and £80 for adults.

If you’re looking for something else to do we’re also running a new week long multi sports camp for 11-15 yr olds. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, basketball, skateboarding, bmxing, climbing (at transition). Team games such Unihoc, Kwik Cricket, Rounders and Football and less active activies including the cinema and ten-pin bowling. This camp runs from 9-5 in week 1 and week 4 of the holidays and will cost £160.

Of course our popular Multi Activity Camp for the 6-10 yr olds is also running with Skiing, Anowboarding, Team Games, Arts and Crafts and trips to Archeolink, Transition Extreme and Codonas. This camp runs from 9-5 in weeks 2, 3 and week 6 of the holidays and will cost £150.

Any questions call our lovely recepion staff on 01224 810215.

Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championship

21 Apr

ASC ran a super successful snowcross event at the weekend on Cairngorm mountain.  Here’s the official press release and a couple of links to some great photos taken over the weekend.    

Saab Challenge Scottish Snowcross Championships

Cairngorm Mountain, 17/18 April 2010

Final bulletin and results

Skier and Boarder Cross – the event of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics hit Cairngorm Mountain on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April 2010 with the inaugural Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championships.

This event, organised by the highly regarded Aberdeen Snowsports Club and sponsored by Saab is the first and only one of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom.

Nearly 100 competitors from all over Scotland raced head to head in an adrenalin and action packed knockout race along a course consisting of man-made and natural rollers, jumps, kickers and banked turns, all at high speed.

The event took many days of preparation with Cairngorm Mountain specially cutting the track by moving hundreds of tons of snow with their piste grooming machines. A dedicated organising team of 20 volunteer officials from Aberdeen Snowsports Club worked for 3 days to make the course safe and competitive.  Specially commissioned starting gates, similar to those used at the Vancouver Olympics, were taken almost to the summit of Cairngorm at an altitude of 3,800 feet and erected by Maritime Scaffolding of Aberdeen, a firm that specialises in building such structures in harsh environments.

Five inches of fresh powder snow fell overnight into Sunday, adding to the existing base of over 9 feet of lying snow. This resulted in spectacular conditions as the sun came out on the course for the finals.

Experience showed through as the titles of The Saab Challenge Scottish Skier Cross Champion in both men’s and ladies categories were won by full time ski racers and members of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team, Scott McBain (22) from Glasgow and Sarah Norton (19) from Carrbridge. 

The Saab Challenge Scottish Boarder Cross Champion men’s title was won by Kevin Clark (23) from Boat of Garten, a member of the British Army Snowboard Team who has recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan and had previously served in Iraq. The ladies title was won by former Cairngorm Mountain Snowboard instructor Anna Dawson (29) from Aviemore.

Former Olympic Skier and BBC wintersports pundit Alain Baxter added: “The Championships at the weekend were thrilling to watch and it was fantastic to see such a prestigious sport coming to the UK.  It was also great to see a well-known company like Saab supporting the event. Saab was a key supporter of Scottish skiing during my development and their support is really important to Scottish and British Snowsports.”

David Pugh, sales and marketing manager at Saab Great Britain, commented: “Here at Saab, we’re really pleased to have been invited to sponsor such an exciting event.  It was fantastic to work with Snowsport Scotland and Aberdeen Snowsports Club, and The Saab Challenge was a great way to show our innovation and represent our Scandinavian heritage.” 

Ewen MacLean, Chairman of Aberdeen Snowsports Club, commented: “We were delighted with the success of the event and to have the support of both Saab and ski legend Alain Baxter for the first ever National Level Ski and Boarder Cross in the UK. I hope that everyone who took part had a good time and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Spectacular photographs of the action can be viewed at the attached link.

http://www.meejahor.com/

http://www.neilmacgrain.com/latest-photos.html