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.


Girls Night is Back!

10 Nov

An all Girls Session for all Girls!

‘Girls Night’ is back, as a pre-winter taster we are running a session across Aberdeen Snowsports Centre from the nursery slope to the Alpine.

For those who are feeling rusty, or who haven’t ridden plastic before there will be an ‘Intro to Dryslope’ practice session; this will run from 5.30-6.30 on the nursery slope; if you haven’t been on dry mat before or are feeling a bit rusty and want… to warm up before heading to the big slope then sign up for this session.

For those feeling confident already there will be a ‘Freestyle session and Intro to freestyle’ for those who want to work on improving their riding/skiing over on the Freestyle ‘Alpine’ Slope from 5.30 -7.30.

For those of you who’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding we are also running ‘Beginner ski and snowboard lessons’ from 6.30-7.30 on the nursery slope.

So something for everyone and we’ll be finished in time for you to make it to The Art of Flight Premiere if you’re lucky enough to have tickets.

All sessions have limited spaces so booking is essential.  Call 01224 810215 for more information and to book.

Spread the word and get the Girls ruling the slopes.

Westbeach Final – Bearsden

6 Nov

Westbeach. Round 3. Bearsden. 5/11/11 Final Round

Some of the many Team Aberdeen members traveled to Bearsden to take part in this the Final round of the Westbeach Snowflex series 2011. Grant Donald, Andy Foote, Fin Bremner, Cameron Wood, Jan Goldbeck and Keilan Bremner all arrived with great spirit and were greeted as usual by their east and west coast brothers and sisters with hugs and smiles. It was the usual set up with the Skiers and then the Boarders all in on a Jam session to break it down to the semi-final contenders. Much to the delight of the Aberdeen kids, we had some special guests watching in the names of Andy Duthie, Ally Gray and Barry Parker with his girlfriend. The kids were well chuffed to see them and this reflected in their performances with everyone taking advice and using it well.

happy days

With all the Team ‘Deen making it to the semi’s it was going to be really tough for the judges in this one.

Next up was the rail jam and you could plainly see who had been doing their rail work and who hadn’t. Grant, Fin, Andy and Jan were working the small rail well as were some locals but in the end, Grant came out on top to take 1st prize with a neat 270on, pretzel 270off.

In the women/girls section, Anna Vincenti, Cory McVicar and Rowan Cheshire were really stepping it up. It was going to be tough in this one too! Anna 1st, Cory 2nd and Rowan 3rd.

Into the semis and the Skiers were up for it. David Bilsland and Grant Donald set the blistering pace with massive cork 9s , Rodeo 5 Screamin Seamens and 10s. Grant decided to take things to the next level by throwing down an incredible DOUBLE front flip ! The crowd went mental! David then decided to chuck in the sickest DOUBLE BACK flip! The crowd went even mentaler (is that a word ??) In the under 16s, the standard was unbelievable with Tyler J Harding, Chris McCormick and Cal Sandison making it through to the finals. Keilan Bremner narrowly missed out on the final but showed massive potential in every area of his skiing. Watch out next time people! Cameron and Jan didn’t make the final three but as I say, their potential is massive. Keep up the good work guys.

and the crowd goes even mentaler

In the Boarding semis, Fin Bremner was showing outstanding style in a very tough group, landing sweetly and grabbing a place in the final against the almost lazy style of Matt McCormick and Matt Corry. Andy Foote narrowly missed the final in what was only his 3rd comp. Andy is showing everyone he has it and will be there next time. No mistake.
Into the finals and the men’s ski. With David Bilsland picking up an injury, it was down to Grant Donald and Fraser McIssac to go and battle it out head-to-head. Two runs would decide the winner and Grant didn’t let the crowd down by taking 1st place, with a Cork 7 truck driver and a Cork 9 mute… and eventually winning all three events of the series which he was well happy with.

Grant Going for Gold

Fin had it all to do in a very tough group and did really well to finish 3rd overall. With Matt McCormick and Matt Corry taking 1st and 2nd respectively.

Fin battles it out and takes 3rd

Overall , it was a great day out for the Team Aberdeen members and their families. Roll on Lowlander at Bellahouston and……. Kids… keep up the good work

Check out more of photos from the day on facebook here and here

Avalanche Safety and Transceiver Training

5 Nov

Lowlander – Own It 2011

1 Nov

Lowlander – Own It

On Saturday October 22nd, Aberdeen Snowsports Centre hosted Own It, a freestyle competition that is now part of the Lowlander/Highlander series with points going towards the Scottish and UK freestyle standings.

Here’s the report!

Aberdeen dominates medals at Lowlander event

Aberdeen dominated the medals at the first Snowsport Scotland freestyle competition of the winter season.

The annual Lowlander “own It” event which took place at the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre and was hosted by Aberdeen Snowsports Club, saw the riders pulled out all the stops with a spectacular array of aerial and jib tricks.

A very strong display saw the local riders dominate the Gold medals this year with Fin Jacobs (Ski) and Zarek Samdani (Snowboard) taking top spot in the kids’ section. With very strong performances from Hannah Mile (Women), Cameron Wood (Youth) and Grant Donald (Open) Aberdeen dominated the leader boards.

However, Vaila Cherman (Edinburgh) and Matt Corry (Glasgow) readdressed the balance in the snowboarding competitions by placing gold in the women’s and youth categories respectively. The men’s snowboarding category was a hotly fought competition, but in the end it was local boy Kris Bell that secured the open snowboard title in a tight battle with Jamie Trinder (Cairngorm).

As is traditional at Aberdeen a rail jam completes the competitive day with combined winners of the Lowlander and the Rail Jam being awarded the prestigious (and very large) “Own It” trophy! This year Grant Donald took the honours for freestyle skiing and Jamie Trinder did enough to take the snowboard title by slaying the rails.

The Lowlander Aberdeen and “Own It” has quickly become a firm fixture on the freestyle calendar, mostly due to the range of young Scottish ski and snowboard talent and level of competition it attracts.

Dave Rutledge, Competitions, Events and Volunteering Coordinator for Snowsport Scotland, says: “ The Aberdeen Lowlander and “Own It” competition has fast become a place for Scotland’s up and coming elite athletes to showcase what they have got on the dry slopes. There is no doubt that we will see many of these names featuring in the upcoming Scottish Dry Slope Freestyle Championships and the Scottish “Edinburgh” Freestyle Invitational both in December, and I am sure that many are names to look out for as professional stars of the future.”

The Glasgow Lowlander takes place on the 20th November 2011 at Glasgow Ski & Snowboard Centre.

Full results for the Aberdeen Lowlander “Own It” are listed below.

Grant Donald - 2011 Own It Skier

Jamie Trinder - Own It 2011 Snowboarder

Pictures are available to view by clicking Here.


Ski Women
1st Hannah Milne
2nd Erin Sharp
1st Fin Jacobs
2nd Rory Cameron
3rd Hamish Farquharson
1st Cameron Wood
2nd Andrew Hadfield
3rd Angus Jacobs
1st Grant Donald
2nd Sam Harrison
3rd Rory Deasy
1st Vaila Cherman
1st Zarek Samdani
2nd Fraser Jack
3rd Joseph Dionne
1st Matt Corry
2nd Sam McGrath
3rd Nathan Sim
1st Kris Bell
2nd Jamie Trinder
3rd Chris Mahoney

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Westbeach Freestyle Comp 2011

19 Oct

Read the official Westbeach write up here

Saturday 8th October saw the Westbeach Snowflex Freestyle Series 2011 roll into the relatively new Aberdeen Snow sports Centre, and with near perfect conditions for a snowflex competition, it was sure to be another un-missable event on the UK freestyle calendar. Despite being one of the newer snowflex dry slopes in the UK, the level of riding coming out of the almost perfectly sculpted slope is mind blowing.  When you have a combination of good management, typically wet Scottish weather and a gang of dedicated skiers and snowboarders, the result is only going to be some of the best kicker riders in the UK.

Skullcandy’s DJ Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Rus Shea

With registration quickly over and done with, it was time for the Jam Session Qualifier to start and it wasn’t long until the slightly damp spectators were being treated to back rodeo 5’s, huge front 7’s and equally stylish 9’s. Again, living proof that a jam session format reduces the pressure and allows the riders to throw down their biggest tricks. As the 45 minutes came to an end it was a tightly contested competition with any one of the riders good enough to make it into the top 6 Under 16’s, and the top 8 men in snowboarding.  But it was the style, technicality and amplitude that eventually separated the field.  The standard of women snowboarders was also a positive sign for the British scene with Vaila Chapman, local Lara Wood, Bradford University student Anna Beswick and Salomon rider Sophie Addison all making it through to the jam session final.

With only 8 places up for grabs in the first of the two finals for the Under 16’s ski, it was a battle from beginning to end but it all came down to who went the biggest, who was the most stylish and who landed the more technical tricks. After a difficult decision for the judges it was Chris McCormick, Angus Jacob, Fraser McIssac, Cal Sandieson, Tyler J Harding, Harris Booth, Finlay Jacobs and Cameron Wood who made up the final 8.

Chris McCormick Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Russ Shea

Even with the closest indoor dome being over 100 miles away, a wide range of rails and boxes means the locals are not rail deprive. Not to neglect the snowboarders who prefer rails it was time for the Stepchild sponsored rail jam. During the ‘Child Support’ rail jam the riders had a choice of a down bar or a box, and had 30 minutes to throw down.

Neil Cruikshank Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Russ Shea

The usual array of rail trickery was witnessed including front boardslide pretzel out, 270 on 270 out, there was some truly sick riding but it was Ben Parker a local unsponsored shredder who took away the Stepchild Jibstick.

Following the Rail Jam it was time to focus on a 30minute jam session on the perfectly sculpted quarter pipe, with a stack of prizes going to the skier who got the highest air. With the rain coming down hard, speed wasn’t an issue and after each hit, a new record had been set, but it was Lewis Wilson who took the honours as he boosted straight up and out of the Snowflex quarter pipe.  After a short break it was time for the qualifying skiers to step it up once again and claim their spot in the super final, with only 3 spots available for each age category it was going to be another close call.

With the slope running super fast and everyone used to the wide run in and long landing; there were no warm up runs in this jam session.   In the Under 16’s anything less than a switch 7 wasn’t going to cut the mustard. It was looking promising for Chris McCormick as he stomped a 1080, only for Tyler J Harding to step it up with a switch 10. The jam session was definitely heating up. In the men’s category there were more 10s, switch 7s and a handful of crowd pleasing backflips, but it was Cory McVicar in the women’s category that really impressed as she nailed a huge 9.

Tyler J Harding Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtsy of Russ Shea

Next up it was the snowboarders, in the Under16’s it was the same final as last year with Matt Corey, Fin Bremner and Matt McCormick all making it through to the final 3. The men’s category proved to be a hard decision for the judges with everything from cab underflip 7’s to switch backside rodeo 5’s being stomped but it was Westbeach rider Jesse Smith, Grenade rider Danny McCormick and surprisingly unsponsored Matt Gibson making it through to the super final.

Matt Gibson Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Russ Shea

For the skiers it was Head’s Chris McCormick, SnoZone’s Cal Sandieson and Salomons Tyler J Harding deservedly making it through for the Under16, with Sam Harrison, David Bilsland and Grant Donald taking their place in the men’s final.

With only two runs each in the super final the pressure is on to land the best trick. The rider’s have the decision as to whether they go down the safety run route or all out ‘im taking home a stack of prizes’ route.  For the Under 16’s it was the stack of prizes which made their decision, as each of the snowboard groms threw down 7’s but with only Matt McCormick landing his, he had the upper hand. In their second run he once again landed bolts, this time a backside 9, with Matt Corey landing a front 5 and Fin Bremner just sneaking out a cab 7.

The skiers made their way to the top of the steep run for their super final with the Under 16’s category continuing to raise the standard with Cal and Chris throwing identical tricks but it was Tyler who once again stepped it up and nailed a switch 9 when it mattered.  In the men’s final it was another close call with Sam landing a super stylish 7, David upping his game by landing a 9 and Grant Donald taking the top spot with a crowd pleasing 540 screaming seaman followed by a huge 7.

Grant Donald Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Russ Shea

In the Mens snowboard category it was another case of winner takes all, with Matt Gibson and Jesse Smith landing almost identical tricks and Danny McCormick cleanly landing a back 9 nose grab. With the pressure piling on Matt and Jesse they both fell on their second runs, resulting in the judges asking them to return to the top to battle it out for 2nd and 3rd place. With Matt Gibson taking a slam in his run, it was down to Jesse Smith to land on his feet and take 2nd place.

Danny McCormick Aberdeen 2011 – Photo courtesy of Russ Shea

As the second leg of the Westbeach Snowflex Series 2011 came to an exciting end, it was time for the winners to be announced and for the van load of prizes to be dished out. Big shout out to all the riders, spectators and sponsors, and we’ll see you all again at ‘OWN IT’ on Saturday 22nd October. Be there or be…………… well………….. somewhere less awesome!!

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Skid Marks all over!

20 Sep

Skid Marks all over for this year…

prize winners

The biggest and best comp of the year arrived at  Aberdeen Snowsports Centre on Saturday 17 September 2011.  Aberdeen Snowsports Club Junior Members Rowan CameronAngus Jacobs and Fin Bremner, who are all 12 years old have put their money where mouth was and  showed  the rest of us how to organise a great rail jam.

With the sickest rail set up  the boys ran the comp to raise funds to pay for season passes for next winter and bagged big name sponsors Quicksilver, Salomon, Ride, Westbeach, Zaini, Park, Bawbags, Granite Reef and Liberance with the biggest prize fund seen for many a day!

The guys had been promoting the event hard and weren’t disappointed with over 40 competitors battling it out for their share of the goodies!  It was great to see some of the groms from the Saturday and Sunday clubs as well as seasoned pro’s hitting the features with the guys setting a pro line and a rookie line.

With the A Line sponsored BBQ sending out a steady stream of burgers and hotdogs the rain didn’t dull the excitement of the expectant crowd.

First off was the snowboard jam with a huge field to choose from judges Grant Donald and Andy Laird had their work cut out.  In the end however, the trip over from Speyside was worthwhile for Jamie Trinder taking first place in the senior category with stylish back 4’s, back 2’s and huge gaps.  Younger brother Angus also grabbed 1st in the junior category with a series of stylish spins on and off the rails.  The kids category was well fought with Zarack Samdini eventually piping Andy Budge and Fraser Budge to 1st.  With only three girls in the category it was a straight fight between Katie Boyd, Beth Woodall, and Lara Wood with the later coming out on top.

The skiers weren’t letting the snowboarders have all the action and again the standard was high.  Lewis Wilson nailed 1st in the senior category with a sick 2 on/4 off.  In the juniors Andrew Hadfield secured gold with front side switch ups.  Emulating the snowboard kids, Rory Cameron, Keilan Bremner and Fin Jacobs battled it out with Fin eventually taking the glory with a classic 2 on, switch up and 2 out.  Competition newcomer Ramone Waters showed what she was made off with a well deserved 1st in the kids girls category.

Katie Boyd and Beth Woodall came back for a second grab of the prizes in a dual for glory.  Katie edged Beth out and went home with her second prize of the night.

Overall a great comp and thanks to Andy Torrance for some banging tunes, Nicol Paton  for his banter on the mike, and of course Wully Donald for some cracking photos!

A final shout out to Rowan, Angus and Fin  for their hard work in organising the comp and thanks to Granite Reef and Transition Extreme for rewarding the guys with a Surf Lesson and BMX Lesson!

As a prelude to the Aberdeen legs of Westbeach and Lowlander this was a great warm up for the Team Aberdeen riders who will be on fire at these events.

Check out Wully Donalds photos on facebook, album 1 and 2


Ski Female 12 and under

1st – Ramone Waters

Ski Male 12 and under

1st – Fin Jacobs

2nd – Keilan Bremner

3rd – Rory Cameron

Ski Male under 16

1st – Andrew Hadfield

2nd – Cameron Wood

3rd – Jan Goldbeck

Ski Male over 16

1st – Lewis Wilson

2nd – Adam Hunter

3rd – Andrew Begg

Ski Female

1st – Katie Boyd

2nd – Beth Woodall

Snowboard Male 12 and under

1st – Zarack Samdani

2nd – Andy Budge

3rd – Fraser Jack

Snowboard Male under 16

1st – Angus Trinder

2nd – Andrew Foote

3rd – Nathan Sim

Snowboard Male over 16

1st – Jamie Trinder

2nd – Matt Gibson

3rd – Ewan Linn

Snowboard Female

1st – Lara Wood

2nd – Beth Woodall

3rd – Katie Boyd