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Some might say Lancaster University has enough societies and clubs but if the past two years of lockdown have taught us anything it’s that hobbies can emerge from anywhere and we should pursue them at all costs.
On that note, allow me to introduce Lancaster Snow Club, the latest edition to the madness we call University, providing opportunities in all things snow related. Specialising in skiing – but aiming to provide for a wider range in the future – Lancaster Snow Club is the place to be if you can do the slalom run in fourteen parsecs or just love to be the first on ‘fresh powder’.
*for the record, I know nothing about skiing, but I have watched Chalet Girl so don’t underestimate me and my skiing jargon.
Lancaster Snow have been waiting a while now to officially spread their wings, with plans for ski sessions and tour extending over the last 18 months. To say, much anticipated would be the understatement of the year. I think we can all agree, it’s time for the details…
Lancaster Snow aim to cover all Snow Sports but for the time being, cater primarily for skiing due to coaching limitations. With emphasis on Club not Society, Lancaster Snow compete on a regular basis at Kings as well as BUDS. At Kings, Lancaster Snow compete in the Northern League against: Liverpool, Leeds, Durham, Sheffield and Newcastle.
So far, despite their best efforts, the season has been unfortunate with Lancaster Snow being seeded against some of the fastest teams in the League. However, President, William Austin believes the team will have some success soon.
In the most recent Kings fixture, the 2nd Team finished in a respectfully 6th whilst the 1st Team battled hard for 13th place.
Lancaster Snow also competed in BUDS held in Edinburgh at Hillend Ski Centre. BUDS is a dry slope competition where competitors ski down, “a big metal sheet with some really aggressive toothbrushes glued on” – definition courtesy of William Austin. The Club had some excellent results in this competition with William Austin and Joel Whitfield both claiming a top 30 finish out of 300 competitors in the Mens Slalom and Becky Spears claiming a 32nd out of 300 in the Female Giant Slalom. The Club also enjoyed a top 8 finish in duals out of the 49 teams in attendance.
To compete in the League and BUDS, Lancaster Snow provide training every fortnight for members. These sessions cost £15 a person plus fuel and take place at Ski Rossendale. The session costs cover, training time, equipment hire and coaching. The Club offers training for both competitive members and beginners though they’re different in price due depending on numbers.
As well as competitions, Lancaster Snow have also organised a Ski Tour to Val Thorens scheduled for the 7th to 15th January 2022. This has been a massive selling point for the club with the Tour completely sold out at the present time.
Lancaster Snow is still a relatively new Club on the block so plenty of time to get involved. If you love snow sports, this is the place to be. Joining fees are £35 which gives you access to the £15 coaching sessions every fortnight, socials and a chance to compete.
For more information, check out Lancaster Snow here