PC: Euan Baxter

23 May 2017

Championship Ski and Snowboard kicks off second season, continuing to support young Park & Pipe talent

The second season of Championship Ski and Snowboard has kicked off at seven indoor and dry slopes across the UK, with six ski and six snowboard teams consisting of young up and coming skiers and snowboarders going head to head in the video competition league over the next five months.  

Championship Ski and Snowboard (CSS), which was launched last year by GB Park and Pipe, is a ground-breaking concept that is aimed at aiding the development of young freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Each team of four must include one “Young Gun” (born in 2003 or later) and at least one female and two others. The team then uploads videos of their tricks each month, including their best kicker, rail and EX (execution) trick. In each round, teams pit themselves against another team from the league and a panel of four judges scores every trick to then decide the winner of each match. At the end of all 5 rounds, the team with the most points is crowned the winner of the league.

For 2017, CSS welcomes 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. Over the five months, riders are expected to progress their tricks, with the CSS competition structure supporting what lies at the heart of the Park and Pipe ski and snowboard scene - trying tricks, having fun and being able to show them off to everyone.  

Head Snowboard Coach of GB Park and Pipe, Hamish McKnight, said at the launch of season two of CSS: “We are excited to be able to roll out our second season of CSS. After the success of the inaugural year, and the progression of the athletes we witnessed each month, we are confident that CSS is a hugely valuable part of the development of our young Park and Pipe athletes. We are really making the most of the UK’s unique indoor and dry slope scene, which I am confident is nurturing the culture of British snowboarding and skiing. We are hugely thankful to all the Home Nations as well as partners and sponsors who have made CSS possible. We are looking forward to a second successful season in 2017.”

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.

Follow all the action from CSS 2017 on the CSS Facebook pages. The first edits from CSS 2017 will be live in June: 




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