31 August 2017

Competition hots up as Championship Ski and Snowboard passes midway point

The second season of Championship Ski and Snowboard will be just as closely fought as the first, as the best young talent in UK freestyle snowboarding and skiing battle it out in the summer video league with two more rounds to go.

Six ski and six snowboard teams from slopes across the UK are currently going head to head in Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), which was launched last year by GB Park and Pipe as a ground-breaking concept aimed at aiding the development of young freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Sponsored by The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham and Delancey, CSS features 64 skiers and 52 snowboarders, with 61 of the competitors aged 16 or under. The youngest competitor is just five years old, and there are two seven-year-old riders this season. For 2017, CSS has welcomed two new teams, a snowboard team from Warmwell and a ski team from Braehead. The rest of the league is made up with teams from The Snow Centre (Hemel), Snow Factor (Braehead), Aberdeen, Tamworth SnowDome, Stoke and the 2016 Champions, Bearsden. 

After three rounds, the CSS Snowboard league is a very close call. With just two rounds to go, Bearsden, Braehead and Aberdeen look likely to be battling it out for first and second place. In the CSS Ski League, Bearsden will be almost impossible to knock off top spot, but second place is all to play for, with Braehead, Stoke, Aberdeen and Tamworth all still in contention. There have been some stand out moments including Chris McCormick’s rail trick in the Bearsden v Hemel ski round (http://ski.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-hemel-v-bearsden/) and Bearsden’s EX tricks in round 3 of the Snowboard contest v Tamworth (http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/round-3-tamworth-v-bearsden/).

The teams are competing for the first place prize money of £2000, and the runners up prize of £1000, where 50% of both prizes have to be spent on slope improvements. Last year’s winners Bearsden invested their prize money in two new rail features, which are clearly having an impact on the standard of riding. This year also sees The Snowboard Asylum and Ellis Brigham generously donating £1000 in gift vouchers, which will be split between various category winners.

CSS Micro Machines has also been running throughout the summer, proving more popular than ever before. Aimed at snowboarders and skiers aged 12 and under, CSS Micro Machines is a one off competition running throughout the school holidays, where young riders can submit video footage of their best tricks to the CSS judges. There is still time to enter with a deadline of 4th September.  For more info on Micro Machines visit http://snb.cssleague.co.uk/micro-machines-is-back/

Head Snowboard Coach of GB Park and Pipe, Hamish McKnight, said after the mid-way point: “As this second year of CSS progresses, we are seeing some impressive standout moments. For me the most important impact of CSS is the standard continually rising across all the teams who take part, as they get together more and more to practice and enjoy filming for the league. We are also seeing more young kids showing up and being welcomed straight into their local scenes and team." 

CSS, which is organised by GB Park and Pipe, would not happen without the support of Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Wales as well as sponsors and partners The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, Delancey, The National Lottery and UK Sport.

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