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.
If you’re hoping to compete for your university in the prestigious Varsity Races, this is the package for you.
You’ll fly out on the night of Thursday 1st December from Gatwick, and with less journey time you’ll have two extra days to perfect your race technique. Included is 15 hours of race training with top coaches on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday - in time for trials which take place on Monday 5th December.
The Opening Night Party, discounts and all other extras of the Standard Package are of course also a part, as well as a ski-pass that covers the extra days. Further included in the Racers’ Package is an airport transfer between Geneva and Tignes, along with standard accommodation. The return journey to the UK is by executive coach on Friday 9th of December along with other participants, unless you choose to upgrade and fly back. Please note, we cannot guarantee you will be sat with other racers on the coach home.
Booking for this package is open from 08:00 on Thursday 12th October.Important Information
Unlike in previous years, racer insurance is now included in the standard insurance package offered by NUCO.
There will therefore be no ‘Racing Upgrade’ option on the booking form. Please head here for more information.
In order to book onto the racers’ package, you will need to obtain an access code from either OUSSC or CUSSC.
If electing the Racers’ Package, please note you will be leaving university before Michaelmas Term officially ends. You will therefore need written permission to leave early - from your Director of Studies in Cambridge, or your Senior Tutor in Oxford. In the case Oxford, you must then send this to us so we can apply on your behalf to the Senior Proctor. We have produced an information sheet that provides some background information should your Senior Tutor request it.
This letter must be signed, scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th November. Any letters received after this date will be subject to a £50 fine. If written permission is not received by Wednesday 16th November, you will forfeit your place on Varsity Trip and will not be refunded. Varsity Trip accepts no responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of a decision taken by your Senior Tutor/Director of Studies, your college or university.
If you require confirmation that you will be representing either Oxford or Cambridge in competitions on the trip, please contact OUSSC or CUSSC respectively. If you have problems with this, or need help or advice obtaining the permission letter, please email email@example.com
.Please also note that participants who take this package and subsequently do not trial for their university team will be fined £50.