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Snow Cross Video and Press Release

16 Mar

Ski and Boarder Cross – the event of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics returned to Scotland for a second time on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2011 with the Western Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championships dominating the slopes at Glenshee Ski Centre.

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

100 competitors from all over the United Kingdom 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 Glenshee Ski Centre specially cutting the track and moving hundreds of tons of snow with two dedicated piste grooming machines. A dedicated organising team of 30 volunteer officials from Aberdeen Snowsports Club, supported by Snowsport Scotland and Ian Findlay, British Ski Cross Team Manager 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 to Glenshee’s Meall Odhar slopes and erected by Maritime Scaffolding of Aberdeen, a firm that specialises in building such structures in harsh environments.

Fresh spring snow made the race conditions excellent, the sun shone and with no wind the course was fast and exciting. This resulted in spectacular conditions and the sun came out on the course for the finals.

Sponsored by Saab and supported by Salomon, Zaini Hats, Red Bull, Tierney Strachan and, of course, Glenshee Ski Centre, the atmosphere on the course was electric with Red Bull pumping out the tunes on their music truck.

Experience showed through as the men’s title of The Saab Challenge Scottish Skier Cross Champion was won by British Ski Cross Team member Ed Cozzi with his first ever visit to Scotland while Gordon Skiers Coach Louise Kochalski took the gold in the ladies category.

The Saab Challenge Scottish Boarder Cross Champion men’s title was won by Glasgow rider Tim McGregor who also recorded the fastest qualifying run with a time of 59.59 seconds. The ladies title was won by Anna Richardson.

Olympians Ben Kilner and Alain Baxter added to the event with their support to the riders.

Alain Baxter, “Last year’s Championships were a great addition to the Scottish and British snow sports scene and it is fantastic to see such a prestigious sport coming to the UK. It’s great that Saab have continued to support this new event. The standard of those competing was phenomenal and it was great to see all ages enjoying the race. ”

Alain Baxter and Ben Kilner with big smiles

Local rider and Olympic Snowboard Super-pipe finalist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Ben Kilner said: “I learned to ride at Glenshee and it was amazing to see so many young riders throwing down some excellent moves as the raced the course. Snowcross is a great event and I’m stoked that Aberdeen Snowsports Club brought this to Glenshee. I’m sure some of those we saw today will go on to greater things!”

Neil Miller of Western Saab 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 Western Saab Challenge was a great way to show our innovation and represent our Scandinavian heritage.”

Iain Findlay, British Ski Cross Team Manager said, “It’s been great assisting Aberdeen Snowsports Club with this event. That a local club can put together and organise a race of such quality is superb, raises the profile of Boarder and Ski Cross in the country and provides a genuine pathway for those wanting to enter the sport.”

Neil Cameron, Chairman of Aberdeen Snowsports Club, commented: “We were delighted with the success of last year’s event and were thrilled to run it for a second year with the support of Saab and all our other supporters. I hope that everyone who took part had a great time and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

For a full listing of results click here for ski and snowboard.

For more photos click here

Scottish Snow-X Championships This Weekend!!!

2 Mar

The event of the Season – This weekends’ Snow – X championships is shaping up to be a bumper event and it’s not too late to get involved.  This year the event will be held at Glenshee and runs on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th.  An Aberdeen Snowsports Club organised and Snowsports Scotland endorsed event there are medals and trophies to be bagged, plus great prizes from Zaini Hats and  Salomon including a pair of skis and a snowboard to the highest ranked skier and boarder who races with Salomon kit!

Pre-registration is available and you’ll get £5 off your lift ticket for your efforts.  You can find more information on the facebook events page here, or the Aberdeen Snowsports Club website where you can also pre-register.

You’ll find loads of reports on last years event on these pages and I’m sure it’ll wet you’re appetitie to get involved.  The forecast is bang on with sunshine and no wind – remember your suncream and have an awesome time…

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

Snow X this weekend

13 Apr

This weekend will see the crowds gather and elbows sharpen for the Scottish Champs Ski and Boarder X at Cairngorm mountain.  It promises to be a high octane event, with still loads of snow to shred it’s a great time to get out and enjoy those spring days.  Here’s the official poster, the official press release is soon to follow.  Watch this space.  If you need a ride to Cairngorms get in touch, the bus is travelling up first thing Saturday morning and coming back Sunday evening.  Spaces are filling fast so call as soon as.