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Carpet Burn Cup – Rails Comp

28 Mar

Wednesday 7th March saw the latest instalment of the Carpet Burn Cup with an awesome rails course set out by Nicol and Kris. Everyone had been looking forward to this event and the practice that had been put in in the weeks leading up to it certainly paid off with some amazing tricks being thrown down.

First up on the course was the mailbox, fast becoming a favourite here at the slope, quickly followed by the barrel and then onto the box or the trickier red rail. Everyone had two goes to put down their best line and it was great to see some of the older kids incorporating the permanent rainbow rail into their runs.

In the 11 – 15yr male snowboarders Andy Foote made his first appearance in the series putting up a good challenge to current leader Nathan Sim; these two were so close the judges called a battle for first place which resulted in Nathan just pipping Andy to the top spot. While the younger skiers shied away from the mailbox they were loving the barrel with some even getting some air over it!

It was a great night all round with all categories remaining closely contested. We are now past the half-way point in the series and it’s getting even harder to figure out who’ll be crowned the CBC Champion of 2012. Latest leader board results are available on our website.

Next event is the Bumps on April 25th so chill out and relax over the Easter holidays, maybe come along for some sneaky practice through the moguls…!


Carpet Burn Cup Series and Airbag Final Review

23 Aug

Photos to come!! – if you have any photo sfrom the night facebook / email them over and we’ll pop them on here. cheers.

The Series!

There was a lot of excitement for the commencement of this year’s Carpet Burn Cup way back in February, especially with the news of Aberdeen Snowsport Centre’s very own Airbag being used for the final! This year’s format for the series started with the ¼ Pipe followed by the Bumps, a Rail Jam, Slalom, Big Air, Boarder Cross and for the first time ever… the final on the Airbag.

With a total number of 44 entrants for Round 1, the ¼ pipe, the competition was set to be hot! With some familiar faces mixed in with some new faces, it was great to see the regulars maturing greatly on their skis and boards while at the same time the new faces were keeping them on their toes. The night was mixed with some thrills and spills however 8 people throughout the categories came out on top! Lara Wood held her own in the female over 16 sb category, Kris Bell stepped up for the adult male sb, Fin Bremner for the the male 11-15 sb, new comer to the series Andrew Budge took first place for the male junior under 10 sb, Katie Boyd took a convincing 1st place in the female over 16 ski with Erin Sharpe securing 1st place  for the 11-15 ski, Andy Wilson was top dog in the male over 16 ski, Andrew Hadfield pulled off some amazing trickery in the male 11-15 ski to secure a podium finish and finally Fin Jacobs took first place in the junior under 10 ski.  This was just the first event and a great start to the series!

Things were very close in pretty much every category so those in the lead knew they had to work hard to maintain their place.  With a further 6 events to go it was great to see everyone stepping it up in each event. The beauty of the Carpet Burn Cup is that each event is totally different, so by the end of it competitors’ skills on a pair of skis or a board grow so much stronger. With some people being stronger in some areas but weaker in others, it meant that this series was never going to be a one horse race no matter what category people were in.

The Final!

With an impressive attendance of 76 competitors throughout the competition, this contributed to the event being a huge success.  With sponsorship from Cotswold Outdoor, Granite reef, Bawbags, Candy Imports, Transition Extreme and  Aberdeen Snowsports clubthe Airbag final was one of the best events of the whole series, with the Groms throwing down some impressive tricks and the Seniors following with a jam format to their night. Resident MC Nicol was on the mic and in charge of the tunes, along with Aberdeen Snowsports Club who were cooking up some mean burgers on the bbq to keep everyone going throughout the night.  The atmosphere was great with over 40 competitors on the bag along with plenty of their family and friends cheering them on. With some great prizes to be won for the overall winners and not to mention the huge shiny Carpet Burn Cup trophy, people were throwing themselves in all different directions in the air in reach for the cup and some even going for double flip variations.

It was time to announce the winners and thank all the sponsors and people who contributed to this great event.

The results!

+16 Male Ski – Adam Hunter ; +16 Male SB – Matt Gibson
+16 Female Ski – Katie Foot Boyd ; +16 Female SB – Lara Wood
11-15 Male Ski – Angus Jacobs ; 11-15 Male SB – Emmet Strachan
11-15 Female Ski – Erin Sharp
U10 Male Ski – Finlay Jacobs ; U10 Male SB – Andrew Budge

A Big Thanks from all of us at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre to all the supporters throughout the series, the competitors and parents who came down to all the events, and to all our sponsors who put together some awesome prize bags! We look forward to seeing you on the slopes, and hope to see you all at the next Carpet Burn Cup!… Time to get practicing your skills for next year!

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.


I’ll make you famous…

21 Feb

If you were down the slope on Wednesday for the Carpet Burn Cup you may have seen a lady with a mike getting some wise words from some of you guys down the slope for BBC Scotland.  It’s a really good listen and everyone sounds really clear, even if Mal does revert to a true Kiwi accent. 

Follow the link here and you can listen or download the podcast, go to the one for 19th Feb and have a listen.  Get in there fast though ‘cos it won’t stay up there for long.

Here’s a wee write up for the night from your coach Andy Begg:

The warm ups and practice round started with a bang, with lots of the kids realizing that theywere going to have to step up their game, new tricks were being stomped (or not).  Once the comp kicked off  kids were going bigger and better trying to outdo each other.  Still, even though competition was running high everyone was helping each other and amping each other up.  Overall, brilliant night and I hope to see the rest of the rounds to be the same.  Bring it on…

Huge thanks again to Cotswold Outdoor for their support and the sponsors Helly Hansen, Bloc and Icebreaker.