Bearsden have again proved their dominance of the UK freestyle ski and snowboard scene by claiming for the second year running both the ski and snowboard crowns in GB Park and Pipe’s online video league – Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), which is supported by Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales, Snowsport Scotland, UK Sport and sponsors Ellis Brigham, The Snowboard Asylum and Delancey.
Running for its second season, CSS saw six ski and snowboard teams featuring 64 skiers and 52 snowboarders from indoor and dry slopes across the country battling it out for five months in head to head matches where riders’ tricks submitted on video are judged against their counterparts’. The league has created a platform where young freestyle talent can be showcased and allowed to thrive. This season over half of the 116 CSS competitors were aged 16 or under with the youngest competitors just five years old.
In Championship Skiing, Bearsden won the competition outright, wowing the judges with their depth of talent throughout the competition. The final round of matches all ended in a draw, the first time this has happened, meaning a nail biting conclusion to the season, particularly for second spot, which could have been claimed by either Aberdeen, Tamworth or Braehead. In the end, the runners up spot was a tie – with Aberdeen and Tamworth both finishing on seven points. When looking at the match between Aberdeen and Tamworth, it was clear that Aberdeen were the strongest, meaning they took second spot at the conclusion of the season.
BBC Ski Sunday presenter Ed Leigh said at the conclusion of the season: “CSS is a great way to connect British slopes through rivalry and banter. But more importantly it serves as an invisible and very effective motivational tool for our most promising young athletes. In essence CSS is a modest grass roots system working like a high-end development program and what’s more it’s fun and completely unique in the world of free skiing and snowboarding. I have no doubt that I will be commentating on the kids who are competing now at the Olympics in 2022, 2026 and beyond.”
Bearsden will walk away with the first place price money of £2000 for both the ski and snowboard competitions, with Aberdeen and Braehead being awarded the runners up prize of £1000. 50% of all prizes have to be spent on slope improvements by the winners and runners up. The prize money comes from CSS sponsors The Snowboard Asylum, Ellis Brigham, and Delancey. This year also sees TSA and Ellis Brigham generously donating £1000 in gift vouchers which will be split between various category winners. The prize giving will take place at SnowFactor in Braehead on Friday 20th October where all winners will also be invited to take part in a late night private freestlye session.
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.