VARSITY RACES: THE FORMAT
Each university will field 2 female teams and 3 male, with each team comprising of 6 members. All of these racers then take part in 2 runs of giant slalom, followed by two of slalom. Giant slalom is the faster discipline with larger radius turns than those found in the slalom event. A typical course in each discipline might take the top racers just under a minute to complete, and consist of about 50 turning ‘gates’.
For the individual competition, the results in each discipline are simply calculated as the sum of both runs. A team’s time is then given by the sum of the best four team members’ results in the discipline. Each Varsity match is decided by taking the sum over both disciplines.
The trials are open to anyone. They consist of two timed runs through the same slalom course. The times are only seen by the captains, who will announce the teams later in the day. Those wishing to trial might want to consider the race training that is available on the trip: either the full Racers package or the 6 hours of race training that’s available with the standard package.
The freestyle competition this year will include a Varsity match between the two universities. The Oxford and Cambridge teams will battle it out during what is set to be a spectacular competition.
The event will be a slopestyle competition, with each university fielding a single team of six. The overall score for the team will be calculated in much the same way as for the racing events, with the best 4 competitors in each part counting. However, there is an additional constraint – that at least one of each gender must count, as well as both a skier and a snowboarder.
Please note that the freestyle competition is subject to a snowpark being built in time for the trip – this, in turn, is subject to snow conditions. We will be able to confirm details of the freestyle competition nearer the time.
The Blues races may be the headline competition of the trip, but just as fiercely fought is the inter-collegiate Cuppers competition. This is your chance to cheer on those competing for the glory of your college, or even take part yourself.
The competition is open to everyone on Varsity Trip, not just those on the racers’ package, so even if you’ve never raced before, this is your chance. In addition, each college can enter as many teams as they want, so whether you’ve competed on the Blues team or just think those bibs are a really good look (they are), there’s no excuse not to give it a shot!
Links for entry will be on the website and publicised in the weeks prior to the trip.